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pretty detailed storyline, but a bit dry.
on 17 October 2011
Have got about half way through this book at the moment. Alot of research has obviously gone into this book, it is quite authoritative, in that it gives lots of background information about how the towers were built, and what legal wranglings took place regarding what fire safety measures should be present in such large buildings (it is these issues which were a contributing factor to the number of people who failed to escape the towers before they collapsed). The book details the fortunes (or misfortunes) of 353 people in total, it mentions them all by their full names, and give a slight bit of background information about them. However I am finding this all a bit too much; I cannot possibly remember every character from one part of the book to another, so i have ended up skimming over the names and just getting the general gist of the events as they happen. The attention to detail has made it quite a dry read. I might be doing this book a disservice, because a lot of work has obviously gone into it, however it is written by journalists, not novelists; it might be best to approach this book as a historical document rather than a novel.