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Underworld

DeLillo, Don (Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Underworld
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Our lives, our half century. Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence. Don DeLillo's mesmerizing novel opens with a legendary baseball game played in New York in 1951. The glorious outcome -- the home run that wins the game is called the Shot Heard Round the World -- shades into the grim news that the Soviet Union has just tested an atomic bomb. The baseball itself, fought over and scuffed, generates the narrative that follows. It takes the reader deeply into the lives of Nick and Klara and into modern memory and the soul of American culture -- from Bronx tenements to grand ballrooms to a B-52 bombing raid over Vietnam. A generation's master spirits come and go. Lennny Bruce cracking desperate jokes, Mick Jagger with his devil strut, J. Edgar Hoover in a sexy leather mask. And flashing in the margins of ordinary life are the curiously connectecd material
Authors: DeLillo, Don
Title: Underworld
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1997
Characteristics: 827 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 0684842696
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Statement of Responsibility: Don DeLillo
LCCN: 97013825
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Aug 19, 2010
  • ohialehuadef rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An incredibly lush, dense, breathtaking book - like a movie rolling out in front of your eyes. Jumping from the 1950's to the 1990's - more characters than you can really keep up with without drawing out a 6 degrees of separation map to guide you... Sad and poignant and hopeful... An amazing read!

Dec 05, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Finalist 1998 Pulitzer prize.

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