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Almost a Masterpiece,
This review is from: Underworld (Hardcover)How even to begin to review a book like this? Impossible, I think. I'll just say a few things. First, the language is beautiful. No one writes sentences like Delillo. Anyone who loves writing that is organic, that seems almost to create itself, independent of the writer, will love most of this book. The history the book encompasses fascinated me. I loved Pafko at the Wall; the bits on Sinatra and Jackie Gleason; the Hoover sections were mesermizing and very eery; the evocations of street life in the Bronx in the 50s, notably the earliest "Nick" passages (Arrangement) were outstanding.
Delillo lost me in parts, though, which is why I only gave it 4 stars. I thought the ending, while very good, tried for more than it achieved. I thought much of the Klara section, where she's speaking to her friend (the artist, can't remember her name), was slow and unrevealing.
Overall, I am glad I read it. I would go back to it again, though not to read the whole book. I'd re-read snatches, 50 page section, Sister Edgar in the Bronx ministering to the sick and poor, etc..
So far I have read Players, End Zone, White Noise, The Body Artist and now Underworld. I'm looking forward to The Names, Libra and Mao II.