Apart from White Noise, how is the quality of Don DeLillo's work?
I just bought Great Jones Street, Point Omega, Underworld and the Angel Esmeralda short story collection on impulse because they were on sale.
i've read underworld, white noise, and mao ii
mao ii is a failure
white noise is really solid and quite funny
underworld is breathtaking at parts. probably too long but some of the best passages in postwar american literature
delillo is an amazing stylist but he has obvious faults (monotonous character construction, clumsily inherited pynchonisms, ambitions he can't quite match)
this thread is fucking pathetic. there is no discussion. none of you are readers, nor do you care half a shit about literature. it's just, oh I liked this book, it's funny. no, that one didn't do it for me. oh I thought this one was good. he's a good writer, he's funny. the closest thing to a thought in this cesspool of a thread is noting that white noise is "polarizing." thanks for that bristling insight. fuck this board. it's done for. it's all gone to shit. there is blood on your hands hiroyuki.
I read Libra recently. Great book. Makes you more critical of the way we think about history.
It's definitely one of his easier reads also, though I found it a little difficult to keep track of which characters were historical and which characters were completely fictitious.
Here's what I've read, approximately in descending quality
White Noise - hilarious, much goofier than any of his other work, also my favorite. lots of memorable stuff, hail of bullets, Hitler studies, the most photographed barn in the world, etc.
Libra - his best character work, Oswald is fantastic and the scenes of him in the USSR are great. reuses a couple ideas from White Noise but in a much more somber tone
Falling Man - better than its reputation. interesting meditation on 9/11. no clue how well it's aged, this was my first DeLillo novel I read years ago
Mao II - quite good but not what I was expecting. seems like a geopolitical thriller bu turns out to be more of an excuse for any one of four characters to monologue, which is pretty interesting anyway
I liked all of them, haven't read a bad one yet. Underworld next on my list
Op asked which delillo book is quality reading he didn't ask for a fucking thesis or a discussion. Start your own fucking thread ask your own fucking questions direct your own fucking discussion or just keep bitching that's fun too
does he never not do the Pinteresque dialogue thing? the one where a character says something cryptic and fragmentary a conversation ensues and after 3 or 4 pages some sense is finally made of the original cryptic sentence. Is that like a verbal tic of his?
Delillo is a master craftsman. His books appropriate the language of advertisements, kitsch, and genre like no other. Take the prose of White Noise: cluttlered, tangential, and yet unified by the format. In a way this could be read as taking the action of flipping channels and applying it to thought. Ignoring this overall feeling, also consider the individual sentences. Delillo makes use of assonance like no other American writing today. Read him out loud, listen to it leave your lips, it's like jazz drumming.
Point Omega is breathtaking. Arguably his best, and his shortest.
Underworld is like walking through an art gallery of post-war America, with some average paintings and some masterpieces.
His story story Human Moments is my favourite story ever.