Ratner's Star

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Knopf, 1976 - Life on other planets - 437 pages
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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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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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User Review  - dysmonia - LibraryThing

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

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
45
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About the author (1976)

Don DeLillo was born in the Bronx, New York on November 20, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from Fordham University in 1958. After graduation, he was a copywriter for an advertising company and wrote short stories on the side. His first story, The River Jordan, was published two years later in Epoch, the literary magazine of Cornell University. His first novel, Americana, was published in 1971. His other works include Ratner's Star, The Names, Libra, Underworld, The Body Artist, Cosmopolis, Falling Man, Point Omega, and The Angel Esmeralda, a collection of short stories. He won several awards including the National Book Award for fiction in 1985 for White Noise, the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992 for Mao II, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2010, and the inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013.

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