Ratner's Star

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 11, 2012 - Fiction - 448 pages
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"A whimsical, surrealistic excursion into the modern scientific mind." --The New Yorker

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).  

"His most spectacularly inventive novel." --The New York Times 
 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

DeLillo's young genius struggles with being young and being a genius. The world doesn't seem to know what to make of him either. Still one of my favorite DeLillo (along with _Underworld_. Read full review

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Ratner's Star is intellectual, creative, strange, funny, clever, and dense. It's exciting to encounter a work of fiction about a group of quirky and brilliant scientists living together on a compound ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
7
Section 4
9
Section 5
19
Section 6
23
Section 7
45
Section 8
60
Section 16
201
Section 17
207
Section 18
225
Section 19
227
Section 20
233
Section 21
235
Section 22
237
Section 23
239

Section 9
81
Section 10
98
Section 11
117
Section 12
119
Section 13
143
Section 14
168
Section 15
200
Section 24
261
Section 25
263
Section 26
279
Section 27
327
Section 28
385
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About the author (2012)

Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including Zero K, Underworld, Falling Man, White Noise, and Libra. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010, he was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize. The Angel Esmeralda was a finalist for the 2011 Story Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2012, DeLillo received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for his body of work.

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