- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Airside ed edition (18 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330453173
- ISBN-13: 978-0330453172
- Package Dimensions: 23 x 14.6 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,444,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Falling Man Paperback – 18 May 2007
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A magnificent, essential work of fiction about the event which has come to define America at the turn of the twenty-first century. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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BUT OK... Who's the joker that left off tracks 12 Partisan song & 13 Smash it up... from the CD I have had a look on amazon at different CD's ect
And it shows 13 songs can any one work it out as to why this is..... ? ? OR have I lost my marbles .
I have looked at my cd cover sleeve in side and out and it only list's 11 tracks and only plays 11 tracks .
But amazon is showing 13 tracks . The music is fine but for the mix up... I give it 4 stars and I leave you to make your own mind up about the problem And how good it is ..
But I like the tracks on this CD wicked music brill...
Please give your feed back over this soon if any one can work it out... Many thanks
I have the same feeling about White Noise as I had with Scoop.
The basic comedic premise of White Noise is that we all live repetitious, vacuous lives of suburban ennui, so why are we all so scared of dying and leaving it all behind. Or is the joke more that we live such intellectually empty lives of vapid consumerism and channel hopping that the only thing we have to think about is our own demise and that, if we lived closer to edge, we would not be so preoccupied with dying? Either way, it’s all about the inversion quiet suburban riskless security/dying and death defying danger/living.
The book riffs on this throughout. The apparently safe suburbanites are pursued by death wherever they go: a visit to the doctor can bring on a death sentence and spills of toxic waste can happen anywhere at any time. There is no antidote to this fear of death. Or is there? Perhaps there is a drug to repress this fear. And this is where the madness begins.
The suburbanite’s fear of ending the living death that is his life is not the only joke. There are many others. Mostly these are similar inversions: the children who show more maturity and judgment than their infantile parents, and the philistine academics who don’t understand the basics of their own subject and who are constantly on the lookout for undemanding subjects to create easy to pass courses in order to attract more students.Read more ›
Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children does a much better job I feel of bringing his period in US history and New York living to life.
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