Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11, Thoughts and Prayers

Today marks the day, eleven years ago, when our country received a blow to its heart.  Two planes rammed the Twin Towers in New York, another the Pentagon in Washington, and another crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, diverted by the passengers who saved whatever goal the terrorists had in mind.

I tried to find some kind of poem, or writing that I could use for this post, but could not find anything that seemed to reflect or   adequately describe what happened that day.  But through this book, a personal story is told and reminds us that 9/11 is an individual, personal story for every one who lost their lives that day and their families.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a novel written in the first person by a young boy who loses his father in 9/11.  The boy has Asperger's, a form of autism, but reflects the high end of the spectrum.  He is 9-years old, bright, sensitive, and deeply mourns his father who was in the Twin Towers on 9/11

The Atlantic Journal Constitution said,  in a review, that this book was the first great novel written about 9/11.  It was made into a movie which was difficult to watch but well done with Tom Hanks playing the father.

I read the book, a little at a time.  And always during the day, not at night before sleep.  Mr. Foer is a brilliant writer who makes his main character, Oskar Shell, seem very real as the reader is there every step of the way with him in his journey to make sense of what happened.

There are no answers or explanations for 9/11.


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