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"It's all falling indelibly into the past," writes DeLillo, a past that he carefully recalls and reconstructs with acute grace. Jump from Giants Stadium to the Nevada desert in 1992, where Nick Shay, who now owns the baseball, reunites with the artist Kara Sax. They had been brief and unlikely lovers 40 years before, and it is largely through the events, spinoffs, and coincidental encounters of their pasts that DeLillo filters the Cold War experience. He believes that "global events may alter how we live in the smallest ways," and as the book steps back in time to 1951, over the following 800-odd pages, we see just how those events alter lives. This reverse narrative allows the author to strip away the detritus of history and pop culture until we get to the story's pure elements: the bomb, the baseball, and the Bronx. In an epilogue as breathless and stunning as the prologue, DeLillo fast-forwards to a near future in which ruthless capitalism, the Internet, and a new, hushed faith have replaced the Cold War's blend of dread and euphoria.
Through fragments and interlaced stories--including those of highway killers, artists, celebrities, conspiracists, gangsters, nuns, and sundry others--DeLillo creates a fragile web of connected experience, a communal Zeitgeist that encompasses the messy whole of five decades of American life, wonderfully distilled.
I'm not particularly enamored with his ports yak of Hoover as anything less than the complete sociopath he was but this is a very interesting and sprawling read that tries to cover... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Anonymous
Underworld attempts to provide an epic of the domestic experience of the Cold War centered on two characters, Nick Shay and Klara Sax, who had a tryst in the 50s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill Bruno
I found the book to be written in a manner that was unreadable and unintelligible. The book is written in English but that's as much as I can say about it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most fascinating books I've EVER read. I loved it, and and at times I hated it. It was too long, and it was BRILLIANT! Read morePublished 3 months ago by SCPron
I paid a quarter for this book at the library sale and would have been better off getting some gumdrops. After 125 pages, I gave up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe C
After reading through the book one time, I have to say that the author provides a great account of how educated and streetwise Americans would describe events with use of nuances... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Polymath Philosopher