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Ratner's Star Paperback – July 17, 1989

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"[DeLillo's] most spectacularly inventive novel." --The New York Times

"A mind-expanding trip to the finish line, and full of wit and slapstick as well..." --Washington Post Book World 

"Brilliantly...enormously ambitions.... Ratner's Star uses the story of an innocent's 'education' as the launching pad for a provocative, prodigious satire on those pioneers who journey beyond the frontiers of knowledge and end up more ignorant than they were when they set forth." --Chicago Tribune Book World

"This red giant of a book...is not only interesting, but funny (in a nervous kind of way)." --The New York Times Book Review

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lo's first novels, Ratner's Star  follows Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, mathematical theories, as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness people feel. Ratner's Star demonstrates both the thematic and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo's later and more recent works, like The Names (which is also available in Vintage Contemporaries).

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