Falling Man Characters

Falling Man Characters

Keith Neudecker
lawyer
39 years old
wears business suits / is tall
Lianne’s ex-husband (p. 37 / l.2)
father of Justin, not a good relationship
survivor of 9/11 -> traumatized
lives in a small apartment close to the WTC
likes poker games
starts a new life in Las Vegas and becomes a professional poker player ->
uprooted
addicted to provoke his luck
is distant to other people
never share emotions or feelings
has no sex with Lianne after 9/11
has a affair with Florence
Lianne
38 years old
Keith’s ex-wife
threw Keith out
mother of Justin
was a single mother for a long time but she still loves / misses Keith
takes Keith to hospital
lives near Fifth Avenue
works with people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease; leads a
group; writes down their stories and experiences
her father committed suicide because he was a Alzheimer patient
freaks out when the neighbor listened to loud music; she tries to hit her
does not know how to deal with the performing artist “falling man”
no equal relationship between her and her mother Nina because Nina is
very dominant
Nina
has a lover -> Martin
has a daughter -> Lianne
maybe 70 years old
former professor of art but retired academic
takes heavy medication to fall asleep
not happy about Keith and Lianne
not empathetic
strong character -> own opinion on the terror attacks
American status symbols (apartment, lover, money)
she links the character
Justin
Lianne’s and Keith’s son
7 years old
pale hair
likes to play baseball
collects old pencils
best friends = Kati and Robert (siblings)
made up their own story about 9/11
– Bin Laden = Bill Lawton (p.73)
– They are searching the skies for more planes
the relationship between Justin and Keith improves after 9/11
Keith leaves Justin and Lianne
3 years later:
– Keith comes back
– Hates his father
Martin
“He was active” (p.140, l.21)
member of a collective in the late nineteen sixties, called “Kommune One”
in Germany (p.142, l.3)
may have been part of a support group or a sleeper cell (p.142, l.21)
his name is Ernst Hechinger (p.143, l.32)
he keeps an apartment in Berlin (p.142, l.14)
he thinks that the jihadists have something in common with the radicals of
the sixties and seventies (p.142, l.24)
he has a wife in Paris (p.141, l.1; p.45, l.3/4)
he is an art-dealer today (p.44, l.31)
he is Nina’s lover
travelling between Europe/USA
“I am shapeless” (p.44, l.16)
he was overweight, jet-lagged, unwashed, wears a well-worn suit (p.45,
l.9-12)
ignorant, careless about his outward appearance, bad-tempered
Hammad
one of the (two) terrorists
lives in the city of Hamburg
his friends are strong Islamic
he studies architecture and engineering (p.79, l.9)
his girlfriend names Leyla (p.83, l.23)
thinks sometimes of marrying her (p.82, l.19)
flat on Marienstraße -> sharing with other students
“Soldier in Saddam’s army” (p.77, l.12)
in Florida for the terrorist training camp (flight training)
is religious
he adapts himself to the American lifestyle
he creates hate of the people
he misses friends and love
brainwashing
he wants to fly the plane but he isn’t good enough
forgets the world (p.228, l.1)
they have a plastic to paradise (p.228, l.14-18)
“This is your long wish, to die with your brothers” (p.228, l.3)
“Every sin of your life is forgiven in the seconds to come. There is nothing
between you and eternal life in the seconds to come. You are wishing for
death and now it is here in the seconds to come.” (p.228/229, l.30, l.1-4)

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