14 October 2010
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a novel about four desperate men who hold a subway train for ransom. It is told from the points of view of everyone involved, from each of the four men, to the passengers, to the mayor and cops. One of the most interesting things the book did was to not take an obvious side. The story seemed to be presented in a way that we saw the whole thing and were able to make our own conclusions. Understanding every single character in an intimate way worked for this story, but at the same time it didn't give me anyone to root for. By the time I figured out who I wanted to succeed, the book was over and, like every single character in the novel, I was left unsatisfied. And maybe that was the the point: No one wins.