a burning building by any other name...
Guess what book is number five (presumably with a bullet) on the Amazon France bestseller's list?
That's right - Windows on the World, the fictionalized, pornagraphic, badly written account of one man's obsession with trivializing the deaths of thousands of people.
8:48 AM Other possible names for the restaurant in the World Trade Center: - Windows on the Planes - Windows on the Crash - Windows on the Smoke - Broken Windows
Yesterday's excerpt was laughable for the cheesy yet disturbing dialogue.
Today's reads more like a late night comedian throwing out one-liners about 9/11, a David Letterman-esque top ten list that would draw ire instead of laughter and possibly leave the comedian running from the studio with hundreds of angry audience members holding blunt instruments trailing him.
Nevermind that the alternate names listed in that excerpt are stupid. The point is, author Beigbeder is clearly going for shock value and I imagine that he smirked in that French sort of way - maybe even sneered - when he wrote those lines, thinking he was being so clever and so daring.
I haven't been able to find a review yet, but I can review it one word with only having read the few bits and pieces translated at MiF:
Thank you, French readers, for making this book a big hit and proving that your sneering pomposity towards America is not some big myth.