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Underworld (1997)

by Don DeLillo

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A 1950s teenage hood from New York is transformed by the Jesuits into a respectable man, managing hazardous waste. A portrait of the decade from the viewpoint of the garbage industry.
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    The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Bolaño's novel is set mostly In Mexico City, rather than the US. He uses some similar techniques to DeLillo to produce a much more accomplished and interesting work. It will probably appeal to those who enjoyed Underworld.
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    Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (BrandonSiguenza)
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    The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ings (ShelfMonkey)
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    Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (xtien)
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    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (igorken)
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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Hibou8)
    Hibou8: Profound, and profoundly american.

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it was chill
  theodoram | Apr 7, 2020 |
No plot at all other than a few vague ideas. 'twas nicely written but not in any way beautiful - though it is, kinda, an art piece.

Got through half of it (400 of 800!) pages before coming to my senses and abandoning it. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Underworld by Don DeLillo starts out easily enough, a young man named Cotter wishes to attend a baseball game. Apparently, this game is really important, the third in a playoff series that would culminate in the World Series, or so I assume. DeLillo is a master of description, putting forth a visual feast for the senses. From the food that is eaten to other matter, DeLillo doesn’t miss a beat. Cotter cuts school to attend this game, which is a huge deal for him. Along the way, a historical event happens; the Soviets drop a Super, an H-Bomb. The date is October 3, 1951. Jackie Gleason is in the crowd alongside Frank Sinatra and J Edgar Hoover. There is another man there, but I don’t remember his name or recognize it for that matter. J Edgar Hoover as we all know, was the head of the FBI for a long, long time. Frank Sinatra was a musician of no small account. Jackie Gleason was a comedian that showed up in The Honeymooners and did other things to make him famous before the Honeymooners. If you are interested in who wins the game, the book tells you that as well, it’s the Giants with a score of 5-4. And that was merely the prologue.

The book itself is pretty long. There is much to say in the manner of memory and nostalgia. However, it does take a bit to get going, and this is something that you can’t do with my current attention span. The fact of the matter is, although I do enjoy reading, it is difficult for me to focus on this particular book. I don’t know why that is. The book has mesmerizing dialogue and reminds me somewhat of Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. I don’t really feel like reading it any further than what I have. Perhaps I will return to it later. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
While I didn't have any trouble reading it, the structure of the book didn't really work for me (jumping back and forth in time & between characters) and I ended up with a feeling of "so what was the point of all that?" I never really became engaged with any of the characters and the connection between some of them seemed extremely thin. Oh well... ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 25, 2018 |
Loved white noise but this is an overwrought, overwritten, directionless mess. Got about 300 pages in, less than halfway(!) and had thought about quitting on it a few times before I finally did.
  brnkmcgr | Feb 29, 2016 |
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'"Underworld" is a victim of its own ambition: by trying to cover such a wide range of characters and situations, DeLillo loses track of some of them' ... 'Despite its faults DeLillo has created an ambitious and powerful novel...'
added by GYKM | editSpike Magazine, Gary Marshall (Dec 1, 1998)
This "is his best novel and perhaps that most elusive of creatures, a great American novel."

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Don DeLilloprimary authorall editionscalculated
Mikulášková, LucieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the memory of my mother and father.
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He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful.
Parla la tua lingua, l'americano, e c'è una luce nel suo sguardo che è una mezza speranza.
"How is it we did so much laughing? How is it people came over with their empty pockets and bad backs and not so good marriages and twenty minutes later we're all laughing?"
"Sometimes faith needs a sign. There are times when you want to stop working at faith and just be washed in a blowing wind that tells you everything."
Tutto è collegato, alla fine.
Il ciberspazio è una cosa dentro il mondo, o il contrario? Quale contiene quale e come si può esserne sicuri?
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