Friday, February 13, 2009

Falling Man by Don DeLillo

Through the twisted wreckage of buildings, politics and lives, Don DeLillo write a great story design on the most hallowed ground. The "Falling Man" by DeLillo's review the horrific events of 9/11 and its aftermath. The book reveals the human dramas of that great tragedy through juxtaposing emotions:
the fear and the courage, the broken and the healed, and the urgent and the steadfast. DeLillo write a very heart touching story. The story centers on a family in crisis whose remarkable characters are victims of both 9/11 and their own family problem. The sometimes husband and wife, Keith and Lianne revive their marriage bonds when he arrives at her apartment, injured and her shirt was full of debris from the Trade Center.
The autopilot marriage slowly begins to crack as their post-9/11 pursuits pull them apart. Even their young son, Justin, also can’t avoid the disasters that are yet to come. The young Chorus may childishly imagine the "Ben Lawton" in their future, but indeed we continue to suffer the widespread devastation or ultimate doom evil he personifies.
Nina, Lianne's mother, and her never-husband, Martin, are vehicles for the way and conventional judgments that measure our societal worth. In the end though, what matters most to DeLillo is the individual right of self-determination and expression. Our actions during life's free-fall are our true worth.
Keith and Lianne are flawed, but are compassionate, decent and will endure.
The terrorist claiming devotion to God and observance of religious principles confronts his mortality not in the arms of restless virgins, rather he discovers a fuselage of shrapnel, flames, and ashes. He is ultimately to be exhaled by the Towers, joining his victims in one final, mighty breath.
Then heaven can truly judge him for his humanity.