Rabbi Ravijohn feels uncomfortable with that. "Well, I don't know," he says, fingering his jaw. "In the end, everybody knows everybody, is what I think. We don't escape each other. The world is small." "Not small enough," Noelli says. "Too small," Knatchbull answers. "Small is smaller than you think," says Farro Fescu. The book takes a few unbelievable turns, such as Dr. Tattafruge agreeing to perform a sex change operation on a man without first discussing it with the patient, but even here is a believable beauty, the feeling that we as people will do unbelievable things in the face of danger or surprise. With that in mind, the most unbelievable turn in the book may be the truest: the planes flown into the World Trade Center. Because who among us, if we didn't know it to be true, would believe such a thing could happen? The novel ends with the terrorist attack and it is difficult still to gauge what images are gratuitous and which are necessary to understand the horror of that day. As Fescu muses: "Mistakes are necessary, essential for progress. Adolf Hitler was a huge mistake, but look how America got rich from fighting
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 31, 2006
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