By Priscilla Walton, Bruce Tucker
The bombing of the dual Towers in long island on September eleven, 2001, marked a massive turning element in smooth American tradition. Authors Bruce Tucker and Priscilla L. Walton research serious moments within the aftermath of Sept. 11 arguing that commentators deserted complexity, looking to lessen occasions to their least difficult signification.
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And then it passes” (293). 1 Like DeLillo and Beigbeder, both McEwen’s and Updike’s novels are realist in style. Updike relates the story of a young Islamic man, post-9/11, who is ultimately foiled in his terrorist plot both through ofﬁcial channels and via the work of a good white teacher. Unfortunately, The Terrorist risks the “wise White man helping person of colour” scenario, made all-too-familiar in (White) books about African Americans. Again, in a referential mode, McEwen weaves a tale of a surgeon, in post9/11 London, who runs into thugs who terrorize him and his family.
Perhaps the novel is suggesting that the “terrorists” are actually “ordinary criminals” (as opposed to Islamacist cells); but, in our opinion, the novel’s style detracts from this message (if it is indeed what the narrative is attempting to convey) through its use of scientiﬁc jargon – the narrator is a surgeon – that clinically dissects the events related within the text. In turn, the addendum of Mathew Arnold’s poem “Dover Beach” is troubling in that, within the novel itself, a family member recites Arnold to the thugs, and the thugs are charmed by the poetry – a scenario all too reminiscent of F.
I can’t. Then you’ll go away? . I can’t. Then we are out of options” (311–12). The airport offers, as they put it, a place: “Not coming or going. Nor something or nothing, Not yes or no” (312). It is outside the binary world, and, as such, can be inhabited by souls so damaged they cannot bear to live, but are not ready to die. Heroes, Hype, and History 25 Portraying trauma Inserted throughout Foer’s text are drawings and photos that speak to Oskar: door locks, keys, and another picture that keeps reappearing.