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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So I did knock a star off my rating for that. Windows on the World – Canada French. It’s impossible to write about this subject, and yet it’s impossible to write about anything else. I guess it’s a little like that. One of the disadvantages of preoccupying yourself seriously with writing is that the techniques start to shine through the art of the text, and you are constantly taken out of the fictional world the writer is trying to embed you in.

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.

Windows on the World

But if you are going to attempt to write the unwritable, why give up at the vital moment? I imagine one of the more salient points of this book is to let us know that we don’t own this tragedy. There is a communist utopia: But perhaps that in itself is even more meaningful, for Beigbeder himself to make the connection, because this is how he, in one paragraph consciously, sets up the book — as a story of which you know the ending, which takes out the suspense, and leaves you to focus on the characters and frededic behaviour.

Frrderic he immediately has his fictional character who actually witnessed events retort: Tercer libro de Beigbeder y me sigue gustando. Windows on the World tells the story of a family trapped in the eponymous restaurant on top of the North Tower the first struck, but last to fall of the World Trade Centre on 11th September Apparently this is the way a French person deals with trauma One last manifestation of dignity: A provocative and poignant novel captures the individual voices of a group of diverse and doomed people who come together in one historical moment in the Windows on the World restaurant on September 11, Jan 26, Serda rated it really liked it.


La structure du roman, une alternance entre un chapitre dans la tour et un chapitre racontant le Bouleversant, perturbant, chirurgical.

Windows on the World: A Novel – Frederic Beigbeder – Google Books

Perhaps still writing too close to the actual event, these observations — many of which now sound simply ludicrous — appear a desperate attempt at finding some validation, some meaning in the tragedy of so many senseless deaths. The only interesting subjects are those which are taboo. This case of character talking to author, is isolated, but he does allow his author to meet Carthew Yorsten’s former girlfriend in a bar in New York As for the cultural exception to American cultural hegemony that is France, contrary to what a recently dismissed CEO had to say, it is not dead: I once heard a typographer complain that he could never watch period dramas because they always got the fonts wrong.

Published March 22nd by Miramax Books first published Feb 13, Ellen rated it it was ok. Apr 24, Jaga rated it it was ok Shelves: I felt, r One of the disadvantages of preoccupying yourself seriously with writing is that the techniques start to shine through the art of the text, and you are constantly taken out of the fictional world the writer is trying to embed you in. Sujet toujours actuel, langage moins vulgaire par rapport les autres livres de Beigbeder. Moreover, the purportedly fictional main character starts to seem more and more like an American double of Beigbeder.

Jul 27, Christine Rebbert rated it it was amazing. He decided it would be best to go deep philosophical rants about stuff that was most of the time irrelevant Each chapter of his latest novel occupies one minute from 8: Windows on the World – Canada. In particular Beigbeder’s proclamation that there is a communist utopia; that utopia died in ;there is a capitalist utopia; that utopia died in seems rather hyperbolic read in – if the history of the death of capitalism is to be written September is likely to figure rather more prominently than September albeit one could make a link that one was the consequence of the re-inflation of the economy following the other.

And then there’s the couple that have sex in the tower His approach – brutal honesty over sentimentality – is best illustrated when the Beigbeder author character does, for once, take a heroic view of those who choose to jump: I just read a bunch of others’ reviews, and am reminded 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 attack happened on Sept.


Like poetry after Auschwitz, fiction is remarkably resilient: I never really bought any of them as characte I’m not sure what to do with this book. In the nineteenth century, American poets spoke French.

It is written from two very different people who live countries apart and I think this is what makes it stand apart from other things I’ve read. It’s a tough frderic written well on a very tough subject. The largest antiwar demonstration for fifty years; it is February 15, He starts the book by saying, “You know the end.

Windows on the World by Frédéric Beigbeder

Ironically, however, the book is both thesis and antithesis: Indeed he muses that perhaps he has invented a new form auto-satire, since his own parallel story is unsentimental, at times blackly humorous, but also self-depreciating. Mostly though this was a very insightful, emotional, hard hitting book that I think everyone should read.

Inthe tenth anniversary of the prize, it was awarded to the only American to ever receive it, Bruce Benderson. The death toll must be 20,!

Not really a success, but worthwhile. So, this book deals with the sinister story of what might have happened sindows these people. Quotes from Windows on the World. He deconstructs symbolism when the world is making nothing but symbols. Obsessed by the material, completely immersing himself in it, he can pretend to himself that he believes this, but he isn’t entirely convincing.

A decade removed from all of that, we might have a hard time remembering what it was like in the era of fear and Freedom Fries, but he brings it all back right here.