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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Magical writing. A bit long winded in places but the pace and the language of most sections of the book left me in awe of delillo's talent. Read morePublished 5 days ago by bkwca
This novel is an amazing tour-de-force that grapples with the problem of history. Recreating the feel of the 1950s and 60s, it takes the reader into the multiple strata of the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jeffrey Steele
John Coltrane once confessed to Miles Davis that, "man, when I start playing I just can't seem to stop." Davis retorted, "Try taking the m-f-ing horn out of your mouth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John j Dietsch
Story goes on and on but never goes anywhere. Characters are not likeable and story jumps around from decade to decade seemingly for no reason. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christopher Longo
the book describes the u.s. in a few layers geographically and periodically, very well. however it is a little too long.Published 4 months ago by tova mazor
Fast delivery, good quality and good price. It was everything I was looking for, the product met all my expectations.Published 4 months ago by Maria E Azagra
"Underworld" by Don DeLillo, who is an acknowledged master in literary circles left me completely cold and wondering how he achieved such a lofty status. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dave H
This is a long novel. It jumps forward and back in time a lot (from 1951 to the late 90's) but is not hard to follow. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stanley Townsend
I guess I don't see what others do. I think the quality of the prose is great. And good writing is supposed to be about giving you lots of details. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hina P. Jorgensen