30 September 2006

Review: September 11 - From The Inside | Rubram Fernandez

The anniversary of September 11 this year was accompanied by a myriad tv shows and documentaries. I watched them all of course.

Several months ago, I heard about a book called September 11 - From The Inside by Rubram Fernandez and ordered it from my favourite bookstore with the intention of reading it in September. After waiting two months for the book to be shipped from USA, I couldn't wait to read the novel claiming to 'stir deep emotion in the reader'. 

Well it certainly did do that, except the emotion was disappointment!!! This was the most ridiculous attempt at recreating the events from inside the World Trade Centre buildings, with pathetic descriptions. 

Here's one pathetically amusing excerpt: 
"the sight of dozens dead white doves made the scene remind one of a documentary on the effects of the atomic bomb."

It was almost an insult to the victims and their families to print such rubbish, and I'm annoyed now that I bought the book, but I was 'sucked in' by the subject matter.

Don't buy/read this book.

Carpe Librum!

2 comments:

Red Walker said...

Do you find "ridiculous" the analogy with the nuclear effects? Maybe you also consider ridiculous the term "Ground Zero".
The book, dedicated to the victims, is a serious report that tells the story "behind the scenes". Maybe you are too used to sentimental novels.

Tracey said...

Authors can never please all their readers, however if you were touched by reading this book, then I'm very glad. Every reader wants to be touched, or moved or inspired, learn something new, or escape or be entertained or spellbound etc each time they pick up a new book.

To answer your question, I definitely don't find the term 'Ground Zero' ridiculous, it is quite apt actually. I was really referring to the language of: "made the scene remind one of a documentary" rather than the "atomic bomb" reference.

Books that spark discussion like this and divide readers when it comes to whether or not they enjoyed it are sometimes good for book clubs. I enjoy discussing books with others; it's always interesting to hear how a book touched someone so deeply when on the other hand I may not have enjoyed it very much. The reverse is also true.

I always review books on my blog honestly, respecting other readers may disagree with me, but more than happy to hear their opinions and engage in healthy bookish discussion. Sometimes I even change my opinion, stranger things have happened!