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UNDERWORLD

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Working at the top of his form, DeLillo draws on his previous novels (Mao II, 1991, Libra, 1988, etc.) in shaping his most ambitious work yet, a grand Whitmanesque epic of postwar American life—a brainy, streetwise, and lyrical underground history of our times, full of menace and miracles, and humming with the bop and crackle of postmodern life. DeLillo's bottom-up chronicle is also the history ... Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Even though this is a long book I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. From the prologue I was hooked. By the way, everyone loves the prologue best. But the book as a whole, I don't know how to ... Read full review

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Q. So you actually read all 800 plus pages of this tome?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. So you must have enjoyed it?
A. Some parts were good, some were not. Some parts were very boring.
Q. What's good, what's boring?
A. Don does sketches of Lenny Bruce, J. Edgar Hoover, and a theme about Bobby Thomson's homerun in 1951, the ball itself. I enjoyed these. I wasn't much interested in many of his individual characters, such as Klara, Matty, even Nick, who seems to kind of be the protagonist, since he speaks in the first person, though the others don't. The book seems like a whole bunch of stories mashed together, and they don't always go good together. Don tends to jump around chronologically, in chapters and even within a chapter, so this is a new style for me, somewhat. He reminds me some of John Dos Passos in the breadth and sweep of his subject matter, but Dos Passos was more conventional in style. And no one seems to read Dos Passos anymore.
Q. So would you recommend the DeLillo book to others?
A. Well, obviously any reader has to have quite a bit of time to finish this huge book. If so, it's probably a worthwhile reading. There are some intriguing questions brought up, about nuclear waste, for one, about miracles, about the exigencies of life, philosophical or metaphysical questions. It's not your usual novel, so if the reader wants something different, here it is.
 

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My very favorite DeLillo novel even though I don't like baseball. I love the way he creates a binding thread of things to join all his characters together. The cover photograph of the World Trade towers is spooky...

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