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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Opening of Falling Man

In the first chapter of Falling Man, as Keith walks away from the carnage of the tower, many of the details he notices, or at least the ones he remembers, are the ones that are not specific to the unfolding event. He walks past a “Breakfast Special sign”, presumably in the window of a diner […]

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“The Kid” in Falling Man

I can’t be the only one who feels sorry for him.  “The kid” is what they call him, and repeatedly. The reader does know that his name is Justin, but this information seems to be tossed in almost as an afterthought on the part of the involved narrator, whether Lianne or Keith. Lianne mentions her […]

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The opening scene covers the morning of the 9/11 attacks from the crash of the first plane into the World Trade Center’s North tower to the collapse of the South tower. Don De Lillo decided to start his novel “ in medias res“; we are thrown into the middle of the action. The beginning creates a strong […]

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Nightmare

It will end, eventually, but not yet. It seems never ending. It devours you. You want to scream, run, curl into a tiny ball, cry, and disappear all at once. You don’t know what to do, because you are no longer in control. You don’t want to feel this way. Nobody ever wants to feel […]

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WTC 9/11 and “Falling Man”

The beginning of Falling Man paints a haunted picture of the event of 9/11 as one of the main characters, Keith, walks through the chaos of it. The debris and rubble are falling around him as people run past. It is a very chaotic scene. While listening to Steve Reich’s “WTC 9/11,” I was reminded […]

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Like Snow

In the first chapter of Don DeLillo’s Falling Man, the reader is immediately immersed in the mutedly horrific daze that is Keith’s trek away from the falling twin towers.  It’s a shambling walk that becomes the world while, coolly, the narrator clarifies that “The world was this as well, figures in windows a thousand feet […]

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WTC 9/11

What I noticed about this piece was that, starting about halfway through, when the recorded voices that emerge from the string music become intelligible, the recordings are played in the same way. First, we hear a snippet, then the snippet plus the seconds that follow come immediately afterward (e.g. “Plane just crashed- Plane just crashed into […]

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Falling Man, Losing Innocence

Page one of Don Delillo’s novel is titled, “Part One Bill Lawton.” I’ve read White Noise, also by Delillo, so I had some understanding of what the writing style in the novel would be. I assumed (you know what they say when you assume…) the title was in reference to a main character. I stumbled […]

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He was hearing Bill Lawton

 “He was hearing Bill Lawton. They were saying bin Laden.” (Falling Man page 73)   In the chaos and panic of September 11th no one bothered to explain to the children what was going on, they kept it all hush-hush. The parents reasoned that by not saying anything it would shelter their children, keeping them […]

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The beginning of Falling Man drops the reader directly into the immediate situation of 9/11. The towers are collapsing, people are running, and “taking shelter under cars.” The effect of this style of writing is that the reader remains intrigued by the ambiguity and chaos of the situation at hand. The reader soon learns that […]

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On the Transmigration of Souls

While listening to John Adams’ “On the Transmigration of Souls,” I was at a loss for words when I heard the lyrics “I see water and buildings,” because I immediately thought of Falling Man. Throughout the story water plays a recurring role, even though it seems like something as simple as water would mean nothing […]

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