One of DeLillo's first novels, Ratner's Star follows Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, mathematical theories, as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness people feel. Ratner's Star demonstrates both the thematic and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo's later and more recent works, like "The Names" (which is also available in Vintage Contemporaries).
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Review: Ratner's StarUser Review - Louisa - Goodreads
A strange, hypnotic read about the beauty of mathematics and the thin line between genius and insanity. What it lacked in pace and plot was made up for with a wonderful cast of eccentric characters ... Read full review
Review: Ratner's StarUser Review - Sara - Goodreads
Having read some other DeLillo, I had high hopes for this book and wow I could barely get through it. But the thing is, I was hoping to read a novel that was genuinely interested in math and ... Read full review