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Zero K: A Novel Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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The richest wisest funniest and most moving novel in years from Don Delillo one of the great American novelists of our timean ode to language the heart of our humanity a meditation on death and an embrace of life Jeffrey Lockhart s father Ross is a George Soros like billionaire now in his sixties with a younger wife Artis whose health is failing Ross is the primary investor in a deeply remote and secret compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until a future moment when medicine and technology can reawaken them Jeffrey joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say an uncertain farewell to her as she surrenders her body Ross Lockhart is not driven by the hope for immortality for power and wealth beyond the grave He is driven by love for his wife for Artis without whom he feels life is not worth living It is that which compels him to submit to death long before his time Jeffrey heartily disapproves He is committed to living to the mingled astonishments of our time here on earth Thus begins an emotionally resonant novel that weighs the darkness of the worldterrorism floods fires famine deathagainst the beauty of everyday life love awe the intimate touch of earth and sun Brilliantly observed and infused with humor Don Delillo s Zero K is an acute observation about the fragility and meaning of life about embracing our family this world our language and our humanity The wisest richest funniest and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo one of the great American novelists of our time an ode to language at the heart of our humanity a meditation on death and an embrace of life Jeffrey Lockhart s father Ross is a billionaire in his sixties with a younger wife Artis Martineau whose health is failing Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can retu
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Unfortunately, the story never takes off. Perhaps the use of the first person narrative limited the scope of what could be told. The main character, whose name I can’t even remember, is lonely, rootless and really not very interesting. He spends a lot of his time defining words (“define rock”, “a hard substance, mineral...”) and giving names in his head to his interlocutors. The dialogue is flat. I felt nothing for the characters. The descriptions of the surroundings are repetitive. And nothing really happens. Oh well.
One good thing though, it is short, so at least it doesn’t require a lot of time to read it if you must.