If you don't know what he means by this, maybe THE NAMES will give you a clue.
It means the reader get a very meditative novel, carried along mostly by shifting from character study to character study, from observation to observation.
To me it seemed pretentious, with neither a compelling plot nor characters I cared about.
I've been on a DeLillo kick for quite some time after I read Libra and I credit him for making me fall in love with fiction all over again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Lovett
This is the first Delillo novel I've read that I think I've actually enjoyed. His obsessions with American history and American mythology can be so cornily portentous that a lot of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jafrank
Terrorism. Mysterious murders. A sinister cult. Expatriates having wine-fueled conversations in exotic locales. Religion. Language. International intrigue. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony J. Gillespie
I bought this book because of all of the positive critical reviews but found it so boring that I would have stopped reading it if it hadn't been the only book I had with me on a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by L
"The Names" is stimulating and challenging because it forces the reader to think and read a little slower. Read morePublished 11 months ago by CCR
I admit: I've never given much consideration to cults. To me, cults are simply weird and their allure is inexplicable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ethan Cooper
This book has such divided opinion about it because, it seems to me, it is quite a different bird from DeLillo's other - more well-known and lauded by the literary establishment -... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Daniel Myers
I enjoyed this book immensely. At times, the plot had too much to it and was difficult to follow, but the ideas about living were fulfilling.Published 20 months ago by Carl Heppenstall
Rereading this novel after 20 years or so, I no longer feel inspired to be a writer. I feel like it's pointless to try to scale these heights. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Vitamin X