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"Since the planes" is the euphemism the main characters of this novel use to refer to the tragedy of 9/11. A fictional account of a survivor, his family, and their experiences following the devastation of the World Trade Center, this book is a clear-eyed look at the forces that led to the event, and at those that have shaped our collective consciousness since the tragedy. DeLillo makes no political points, and has no axes to grind. This story, like history itself, is ultimately a story of individual human beings, their choices, and the consequences that follow from those choices. An absorbing and chilling listen.
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After reading a magazine review of this book, I was happy to find it already available on Audible. I listened to it over the course of 2 days and immediately listened to it again. There are many layers to this book, only the most obvious being the first-hand experience of the September 11 hijackings. The horror of those events is protrayed in the awestruck and stunned manner of those who were in New York on that day, but the underlying feelings are much more widespread and relect all our humanity. I experienced that day from thousands of miles and 4 time zones away, in my home in Alaska, but felt many of the same feelings that I found in this book. The simple act of looking at oneself in a mirror and comparing this view to that held by others who see us, the innocent simplicity of children's misunderstanding of the name of a terrorist and their fear of returning planes, and of course the inability to undo what happened, to have to remember it and view it repeatedly in the media are just some of the subjects covered simply but so well in this book. We have heard and read often that 9/11 was a day that changed all Americans: I think this simple yet complex and deep book captures many of the deep and human ways it changed us. I highly recommend this book as a reminder of our common feelings, whether we were on the streets of Lower Manhattan, the Interior of Alaska, or the many thousands of other places where Americans felt, and feel, the impact of that day.
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For a non-American this is an eye-opener into the impact of 9/11. It is a deeply moving account of post-traumatic adaptation, suffering, and cogitation. The central character continues to walk the wreckage of life in a way that steals your heart and mind. It makes you want to put your arms around the victims of calamity, but knowing that most of it is untouchable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
No story whatsoever. Could not hold my attention at all. Avoid! Maybe means more to Americans. Not for me. Poor.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful