Windows on the World: A Novel [Frederic Beigbeder] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A daring yet moving evocation of the last moments. Windows on the World debuted at #2 on the French national best-seller list and won the prestigious Prix Interalli prize in Now available in paperback, this. The only way to know what took place in the restaurant on the th Floor of the North Tower, World Trade Center on September 11th is to invent it.’Weav.

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Among the surprising consequences of his continuous insistence that everything has changed for which he offers an endless parade of examples is the realisation that very little has actually changed. A realistic technique of writing brought me tears.

Perhaps because I couldn’t see the point of speaking of anything else. The story – of divorced Texan realtor Carthew Yorsten and his sons aged 7 and 9 – is told in chapters each representing a minute from 8. But even he draws the line at some points: Windows On The World is a novel about “”, focussed on the events in downtown Manhattan on 11 September There were parts that peaked my interest but they were overshadowed by the main character who seems very much like the author himself who I wanted to punch at almost ALL times.

Now available in paperback, this unprecedented novel will once again astonish, provoke, and embrace the reader as it attempts to penetrate the unspeakable. Sorry for that bout of black humor: Trivia About Windows on the World.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. By the end of the novel, he has lost his way completely. He quotes a relevant Walt Whitman poem then comments: I’m not sure what to do with this book.

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This is quite possibly the most arrogant, pompous book I’ve ever read. Jul 27, Christine Rebbert rated it it was amazing. One of my reading resolutions for is to complete all of the past winners of the two premier prizes for literature in English translation – the Best Translated Book Award from the US and the Independent Foreign Fi We know that none of the 1, people trapped on the nineteen floors above survived.

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The author is an asshole, who blends himself with the fictional character constantly. El 11 de septiembre dea las 8. When he comes to the climax of his novel -the deaths of his characters, the collapse of the north tower – he refuses to write about it.

First off, I did not know that the people who were stuck in the floors above the level where the plane entered were stuck there for 2 hours before the tours collapsed. They also reek wirld self-importance: Each chapter of his latest novel occupies one minute from 8: Curiously, I have no trouble reading non-fiction on the subject. I just read a bunch of others’ reviews, and am wkrld how the book slips back and forth between a modern-day examination of America by a Frenchman, and a fictionalized story of a father and his two sons who are visiting New York and having breakfast at the Windows on the World restaurant at the top of the North Tower when the att It came back to me recently that I had read this book at some point in the last — hmmm, I’m going to say years; and it appears I never added or reviewed it here.

That is, half of it. Published March 22nd by Miramax Books first published As to his claim that it’s impossible to write about either this or anything else, that sounds more like a hypothesis he’s putting to the test here — one limited to this book.


Obviously, this piece of information removes any element of suspense from this book. Apr 24, Jaga rated it it was ok Shelves: And then there’s the couple that have sex in frederiv tower Apr 16, Florencia Parodi rated it really liked it.

One of the problems with writing such a fiction is, as the author points out in his opening frwderic He has translated more than a dozen major novels, among them the works of Michel Houellebecq, Frederic Beigbeder, Pierre Merot and the Ivorian novelist Ahmadou Kourouma. They were left to die in horrible torture and this most certainly is not fiction anymore.

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Frank Wynne is a writer and award-winning literary translator. I guess it’s a little like that. Quant au Ce livre de Beigbeder ne cesse de surprendre. Beautiful and honest view of life. Non-fiction may be a little easier to quantify; the writer and the reader are dealing with the facts. Beigbeder comes down firmly on the side of American culture but not politicsproclaiming rather implausibly in my personal view even the superiority of its literature, but strongly against its sense of chauvinism.

It’s a very good book. It came back to me recently that I had read this book at some point in the last — hmmm, I’m going to say years; and it appears I never added or thee it here.

Beigbeder more and more start to outgrow the fictional pieces in the tower. Windows on the World – US.