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Americana (Contemporary American fiction) Paperback – July 6, 1989
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That said, this is a book where the seams show. DeLillo's prose is always fun to read--although intentionally disorienting at times--but this book doesn't hold together as well as his later masterpieces like the "Names" or "White Noise." Certain scenes are brilliant. Others just sort of linger in the narrative seemingly without a reason for being.
The meat of the novel, wherein David Bell constructs his anti-film about image-driven modern America, is pure DeLillo bravura. However the reader of this part may get lost in--among other distractions from which the novel suffers--DeLillo's obsession with Godard. (At one point he practically rips one scene right out of "Masculine/Feminine".) DeLillo seems to have thought he was writing this part of the novel with a camera in hand rather than with the novelist's traditional weapons (e.g. a pen or a typewriter). In this, it is misguided.
"Americana" is not a great book, but DeLillo is a great American author and I encourage anyone new to his fiction to start with "White Noise" which seems to be the easiest route into the DeLillo mindset. After that, I'd recommend "The Names" or "Great Jone Street" or "Underworld."
Even so, any true fan would be remiss to ignore "Americana."
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