Friday, 9 September 2011

Book Beginnings On Friday

To tie in with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks this Sunday, I will share the opening of 'That Day In September' by Artie Van Why, which I read this week.

Book Beginnings On Friday is a weekly meme hosted over at A Few More Pages. To participate, just share the opening of whatever you've been reading during the week, and if you wish, give your opinion of the opening. Then link back and see what everyone else is reading!

'That Day In September' is a personal memoir from a man who was working in New York at the time of the terrorist attacks. He witnessed everything first-hand and is now still struggling to come to terms with what he saw, right to this day. Here is the opening from his very emotional story:

"I want it to go away. I don't want it to have happened."

This is part of what the author has called a 'reflection', which makes up the first chapter, and it is all written in this style. Straight away you can just sense the emotion and anguish that the author must be feeling, and it sets the tone for what's to come. I can but imagine what it must have been like to be there, but this opening had me gripped straight away to read about a man's real-life experience, to give me more of an insight than the television pictures could ever give me.

If you're interested in reading more of my opinion on this book, you can read my full review which I posted this morning.


  1. This one sounds like an emotional read. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  2. I just read this not too long ago. A very moving memoir.

    Here's my Friday:

  3. Those two lines must just about sum up the feelings of eveyone who had any part in that terrible day and the ensuing aftermath of events.

    It also probably mirrors the feelings of everyone around the world, who watched in horror as events unfolded so dramatically.

    There have been a whole series of hitherto unseen documentaries being screened here in the UK, in the lead up to the anniversary, all of which are emotionally challenging in different ways, but all with the common theme of loss and despair, but also with a feeling of renewed strength and resolve.

    I am not sure that I could read this book, too much emotional overload.


  4. Great choice for this week. I can't believe it's been 10 years already.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

  5. That is an interesting beginning. I don't think there is anyone who does not remember the moment they saw those pictures going around the world.


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