I never loved Don Delillo but his novels were always almost great and good enough to keep me looking for more of his work when I was bored. I also usually can't stand novels about writers.
Anyways, I came on here just to tell you guys that this might be the most beautiful work of American literature written since I was born (1989). I feel like it has these kaleidoscopic elements where scenes of crowds, terrorists, cities, media, mass production and art are always weaving into eachother seamlessly.
The plot opens with a writer who is going to come out of reclusiveness through new photographs but his last work will be intentionally endlessly worked on and edited so that it can't exist.
It's really beautiful. I feel like it doesn't get enough mention on here.
Currently reading it and enjoying it. Just made it to chapter six. Interesting thoughts the qualities of the image and its relation to reality so far.
So far I agree with your observation of seamless interweaving. He pulls it off quite well.
It's far too early for me to form a comprehensive opinion on the work, but so far things are boding very well.
Still not liking it as much as White Noise, go ahead and call me a pleb, it's probably true. But then again, I'm only 1/4 through the work.
Don DeLillo thread?
I have an ebook of Underworld of only 623 pages, whereas it's actually supposed to be 823 pages long.
I've been wanting to read this so bad but I'm not because I think it's incomplete. Can you guys give me a nice little link for downloading the complete epub?
OP here, no, I haven't, but I've heard. I loved Omensetter's Luck. I will definitely check it out.
I'm open to any suggestions of some really recent, good books, like 1990s and beyond recent. I got Soumission in the mail yesterday and read almost the entire thing in a night it was so good.
Yeah, kind of. That worked really well in White Noise, as it accentuated the themes of media-driven reality and consciousness formed by television, but so far in Mao II, it doesn't really work as well. But, like >>7627070, I do enjoy the sort of jumbled aspect of the dialogues, and I think he manages to pull it off.
I hated it- it's a shame because the section at the beginning from the POV of the moonie girl was wonderful, but after that it turned into 5 identical characters taking turns being lifeless mouthpieces for darling lines Delillo thought sounded cool. Like >>7627060 says, it was so bad it was uncanny. Maybe I'm missing something in the work or in myself to really appreciate it, but god damn- no more Delillo for me.
For starters you have to take into consideration that DeLillo doesn't belong to the realist tradition. He is a "writer of ideas" and there's a strong undercurrent of satire and parody in most of his work. If you need painstaking simulations of real speech to enjoy a work then indeed you'd be better off just reading Carver and stuff.
>I never loved Don Delillo but his novels were always almost great and good enough to keep me looking for more of his work when I was bored.
This describes my relation to his work perfectly. Never a great novel, lots of good novels with great moments. But when the highs do come you feel like he's the only writer you should ever be reading.