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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended - an attitude changer.

A unique way of re-examining the events following 9/11 through the eyes of a variety of people affected by this tragedy. Stereotypes do us a disservice - this novel reveals real people behind the labels.

posted by 374185 on October 8, 2011

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6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

2 FOR EFFORT, BUT EH!

Maybe I have just become a jaded New Yorker since the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, but honestly this sophomoric effort at writing "the novel" about 9/11 falls far short both as a story and as good writing. Whether or not Ms. Waldman was a writer for the NY Times...
Maybe I have just become a jaded New Yorker since the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, but honestly this sophomoric effort at writing "the novel" about 9/11 falls far short both as a story and as good writing. Whether or not Ms. Waldman was a writer for the NY Times is irrelevant, becuase this book just does not work as a whole. It is dull, the characters are flat, the story is less than timely given the wonderful result of the Memorial that we now have, and it fails to deeply convey the myriad feelings of those of us who lived through any aspect of the horrible day we must never forget. I am appalled that this was published, actually, given that the memorial described is far fetched, the circumstances ridiculous, and the characters shallow and often grating. Mabe this would pass in a writer'sworkshop, but as a novel it is less than what is needed for this event. Sad,as I looked forward to a book with some depth, and other than the final section...well, the rest is a waste of time, frankly. Pass it by, and don't honor this tripe if you truly want to honor the victims and our city.

posted by juliusa on September 15, 2011

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Highly Recommend - it reads like it is straight from the six oclock news

    This book is set ten years after 9/11. A jury in Manhattan has been assigned the task of selecting a memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attack. Sometimes while reading this book, I felt as though the characters were so real, I should be able to google them and find out more about them.

    Amy Waldman develops the characters in a heart wrenching and real manner. The conflict of the beautiful submission of an Islamic architect and the jury is only one small conflict. There are conflicts within the families of the victims, between the victim families and within the City of New York. The submission process is questioned, the validity of the jury is questioned, and the strength of American foundation is put to the test. Politicians and journalists cloud the process.

    This book shows the struggles of people, fighting for their ideals under the urgent quetion of how to remember a national tragedy.

    This would be a wonderful book club selection.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Cultural and religious differences in an easy read.

    This is an excellent novel highlighting cultural and religious differences. In a country, and at a time, where many want to impose their own values on different societies, this book improves understanding and shows how unwise and futile those efforts will be. The only negative that I perceived is the author's propensity to use words that require looking up in a dictionary.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Monumental

    Gripping.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Great book.
    Couldn't put it down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Life imitates art. A must read.

    In this thoughtful book, the author tackles a topic that is very important and came to an ugly head while she was probably in the process of writing the book. It certainly makes us think about what kind of a country we want to be and if we can ever get beyond the individual fiefdoms that rule our existence these days and work together as a united people.

    It would be a great book club book. Lots of discussion value.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    amazing...

    This is a book I will have to read again...feel like I missed some points along the way...a fascinating read...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Very thought provoking!

    This would be a great book for book clubs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Greaat book

    Good read with complex characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    love, love, love this book

    Such a compelling story. Definitely opens up a new perspective and once again reminds me that every action creates a reaction. Just a fantastic book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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