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Don DeLillo's follow-up to Libra, his brilliant fictionalization of the Kennedy assassination, Mao II is a series of elusive set-pieces built around the themes of mass psychology, individualism vs. the mob, the power of imagery and the search for meaning in a blasted, post-modern world. Bill Gray, the world's most famous reclusive novelist, has been working for many years on a stalled masterpiece when he gets the chance to aid a hostage trapped in a basement in war-torn Beirut. Gray sets out on a doomed, quixotic journey, and his disappearance disrupts the cloistered lives of his obsessed assistant and the assistant's companion, a former Moonie who has also become Bill's lover. This haunting, masterful novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992.
This tale of a reclusive novelist drawn back into the world by acts of terrorism reconfirms DeLillo's status as a modern master and literary provocateur.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A review by Dr. Joseph Suglia
Exactly ten years before the terrorist assaults on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, Don DeLillo's Mao II (1991) compared the act of... Read more
Overall it was a struggle for to get through this one. There were a few great scenes but I never felt totally grounded in the narrative and sometimes the environment too. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael Tapp
In this hyper-conceptual novelistic reflection on the contemporary world of image-saturation, Don Delillo orchestrates a marvelous, tightly woven critique—a critique of images,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steiner
Now, I love Delillo. So, it is with a bit of sadness that I write a negative review here. White Noise, Libra and Underworld are like "bibles" to me. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. Majestyk
I really like the way the novel began: Bill is a reclusive writer a la J.D. Salinger, Scott his uber fan turn secretary and Karen the ex-moonie are 3 people who live together and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by ConcupusAl
My friend loved this book, so I bought it. Only for $4 and it is in very good shape. I also recommend a NYT Books review of Don DeLillo, "Dangerous Don DeLillo."Published 16 months ago by Ho
This book starts well and would have been a good short story, but then it gets padded out with very bad writing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ravanagh Allan
Donny D has written 1 or 2 books of genius, some very good ones, and a lot of wan, watery, flimsy little nothings... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sara