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The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
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The Body Artist (2001)

by Don DeLillo

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"For thirty years, since the publication of his first novel Americana, Don DeLillo has lived in the skin of our times. He has found a voice for the forgotten souls who haunt the fringes of our culture and for its larger-than-life, real-life. figures. His language is defiantly, radiantly American." "Now, to a new century, he has brought The Body Artist. In this novel, he inhabits the muted world of Lauren Hartke, an artist whose work defies the limits of the body. Lauren is living on a lonely coast, in a rambling rented house, where she encounters a strange, ageless man, a man with uncanny knowledge of her own life. Together they begin a journey into the wilderness of time - time, love and human perception."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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"How to write the perfect sentence: a thousand (or so) examples" by Don Delillo ( )
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
8/10

Just a quite amazingly slow and deliberate read here. Hallucinatory is the best word. I feel it needs another read before I can really assess it but.. Things move excruciatingly slowly in the best of ways in this book. It felt pretty unique among everything i've read. And it makes me wonder what Don's longer works are like if this one is 125 pages yet this dense. ( )
  jakebornheimer | Mar 27, 2019 |
A simple, and intriguing, novella that touches on the nature of loss and redemption through it. The novella is more complex than it appears and the prose is quick, fluid, and terse. Overall, a worthwhile read. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Mar 24, 2019 |
A hauntingly beautiful novella that explores themes of time, language, grief and art. DeLillo's prose dissolves into pure poetry; his sentences are lush and sublime. You should read this novel slowly to take it all in. These sentences deserve a slow reading in the same way a great red wine deserves to be consciously sipped instead of chugged.

Some people won't get it. This is literary fiction that explores deep themes and plays with language. DeLillo makes you work a bit, and if that is not the fiction you enjoy, then do not read this book. But if you like literature-as-art, then by all means, delve into this little work of genius and raw subjectivity. You can read it in a couple of hours; preferably on a rainy winter day, next to a fireplace, drinking a glass of Merlot. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Maybe the best of the 2000's DeLillo? ( )
  triphopera | Apr 14, 2018 |
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In this spare, seductive novel, DeLillo inhabits the muted world of Lauren Hartke, an artist whose work defies the limits of the body. Lauren is living on a lonely coast, in a rambling rented house, where she encounters a strange, ageless man, a man with uncanny knowledge of her own life. Together they begin a journey into the wilderness of time-time, love and human perception. (from book jacket)
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