One thing which I am truly enjoying about this book is the unique perspective Delillo provides for us. While there is a stream of consciousness feel throughout the entire novel created by the relatively smooth transitions from character to character, the most interesting perspective which we see comes from the interim chapters between the sections–“On Marienstrasse” and “In Nokomis”. These short snippets may seem insignificant (lengthwise) when compared to the rest of the novel, however, Delillo is using them to give us a completely different perspective to consider–the perspective of the terrorists. Being able to see the infamous event through the eyes of the “enemy” allows the reader to feel a bit of empathy for them.
Viewing a story from the “villain’s” eyes is a device which some authors have explored–one particular instance which I can quickly call to mind is The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.In this book we are told the story of The Three Little Pigs from the perspective of the Wolf–a classic fairy tale villain. The unfamiliar perspective allows the reader to experience the events of the story with a new lens, thus allowing him or her to empathize with a character who is typically “villainized”. I know that comparing the big bad wolf to the terrorists responsible for 9/11 is a bit of a stretch but the same device is employed in both books–the author writes from the perspective of the “bad guy” to allow readers the ability to formulate their own opinions about what is truly happening within the story and the antagonists’ mind.
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