- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 161 KB
- Print Length: 110 pages
- Publisher: Van Hughes Publishing (is association with Lulu Press); 1 edition (27 Dec. 2007)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001201BQY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was harrowing to read of the poor souls who jumped and Artie thought perhaps he might save. As we know, that was a hopeless task, but of course (most) humans would want to run and help someone in that position.....just terrible. Certainly something you'd never forget witnessing. The poem at the outset, which I assume he wrote, says it all, really. I was fascinated to read about the clothes he wore on the day and also about The Sphere, which I Googled. I'm pleased they salvaged it.
He mentioned looking up every time he heard a plane flying low and I must admit that I did that myself (which is pretty bonkers really) over here for some time afterwards. I lived in a Naval town and of course considered that might be targeted as well.
As I mention, it's a short memoir but worth a read. Nobody who ever saw that happen in real time, whether at the location or on TV will ever forget.
At first I was a little unsure about reading a book based on September the 11th, not because I had no interest in the subject but because there was a part of my that thought it didn't seem right to make money out of a tragedy such as that day, but once I started `getting to know' Artie I didn't feel that way any more. It felt more like he was helping people to understand while relieving his own pain. I can imagine that writing about what happened that day must have been difficult for him.
In terms of read-a-bility for such a difficult matter That Day in September was surprisingly easy to read. The book was short (less than 100 pages) and the language was simple, so I managed to read the whole thing in less than an hour while waiting for the boyfriend in a coffee shop. However the simplicity didn't take anything away from the subject matter (at least in terms of emotional impact), if anything it let events speak for themselves. I liked that Van Why left things unsaid, sometimes words cannot match an emotion or an image, who can really describe what we all saw (whether in person or through the television) that day?
I did find myself wanting to e-mail Van Why as soon as I had read the book. Wanting to write about what I had read and urge you all to read it. What a shame I was nowhere near a computer!
The vast majority of the book is the author's life story, he talks about being gay and moving to New York, having a dead end job and eventually becoming an actor after releasing that life was too short to be held back. Unfortunately none of this is particularly interesting, and as Artie Van Why wasn't vastly more affected (in an overall perspective) than most others by 9/11, the post 9/11 events don't hold the same draw as those told by those more profoundly affected like the victims families.
I think That Day in September is more of a cathartic experience for the author than a real attempt at producing a bestselling account of that day, and in this I hope it succeeded.
Overall, there is not really anything special about Artie's short account, as he didn't really experience anything differently to thousands of New Yorkers, and wasn't really involved in the events of 9/11 for very long. As such it is not really an interesting read and is not a book I would recommend.
[A review copy was provided by the author]
That Day In September chronicles Artie's eyewitness account of the attack on the World Trade Center and the weeks and months following. Most people remember exactly what they were doing on that dreadful day and where they were when they watched the televised footage of the horror that took place but is nothing compared to the atrocities and awfulness that people who were actually there must have experienced.
This book is absolutely the most humbling book I've ever read. The emotions that have come from someone who has actually experienced such trauma from the minute that when at work he heard the first boom and wondered what on earth it was, to finding out what it was and seeing, feeling and hearing how it was affecting both himself and the people around him at the actual time is remarkable. They way in which Artie has perfectly written this personal tribute and memoir is reflective, overwhelming, amazing and is a piece of history which I will keep on my bookshelves and pass on to my very young son to help him understand what actually happened on that day, and for us all to look back at in years to come
I cannot possibly imagine how anyone who experienced this day for real would feel. For those who lost loved friends and relatives, my heart goes out to you. Bless you all. This tribute from Artie Van Why is simply perfect!
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