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Powerful in places but a bit precious overall,
This review is from: Windows on the World (Paperback)
If you chopped this book into several parts you might get one and half decent books. There would be a gripping and moving fictitious account of the horrible deaths of those trapped in the World Trade Center on 11th September one one hand and a slightly precious and very gallic essay on the meaning of that for rest of the world on the other.
Combined the two don't really work -- although Beigbeder is very very good at altering voices between the sections so that the imaginative desciptions of what happened are claustrophobic and frightening. But his thoughts are a long way short of a crystallisation of the meaning of the outrage and at times they slip into the embarassingly commonplace.But perhaps that's the point?