Ratner's star

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Knopf, 1976 - Fiction - 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 New York City on November 20, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from Fordham University in 1958. His novels address late 20th and early 21st century themes such as the paranoia, alienation, and angst engendered by life in modern society. He is a master of language, wit, and the truths of man's search for meaning as he explores various subcultures such as football, rock music, and technology. His works include Americana, Running Dog, White Noise, and Libra. He also writes short stories and plays. He has received numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979, an American Academy Award in 1984, and the American Book Award in 1985.

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