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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is not what you expect, September 12, 2005
This review is from: Windows on the World: A Novel (Hardcover)
If you wanted an action story, or a story of heroic firefighters come to save the day, or a book avoiding touching the tough topics, then you've come to the wrong book.

Many of the other reviews here are judging this book extremely harshly. I believe that is not deserved - this book does what it claims to do very well.

Biegbeder tries here to understand how the destruction on 9/11 has affected both the american psyche, as well as his own personal life. It is both an intensely personal account and a public grieving at the same time.

Perhaps it takes a literary mind to understand what he is trying to achieve - or maybe it doesn't come across well to the average American. The novel was certainly popular in its original French, and I find that the translation is very good. There were only a couple of places where word choice tipped me off that it was a translation, but nothing major.

I think perhaps those who are rating this book harshly expected something to make them feel good. Sometimes, however, understanding does not bring happiness.
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