|Read by:||Friedman, Peter|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2011|
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|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.4|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.2 x 0.8 x 5.7|
Don De Lillo was born in New York City on November 20, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from Fordham University in 1958. His novels address late 20th and early 21st century themes such as the paranoia, alienation, and angst engendered by life in modern society. He is a master of language, wit, and the truths of man's search for meaning as he explores various subcultures such as football, rock music, and technology.
His works include Americana, Running Dog, White Noise, and Libra. He also writes short stories and plays. He has received numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979, an American Academy Award in 1984, and the American Book Award in 1985.
This first collection from De Lillo (White Noise) gathers stories published in various literary magazines over the last three decades. What's immediately clear is how consistent his voice has been throughout his career. "Human Moments in World War III" stands out, describing two crew members on a spacecraft orbiting Earth both to monitor and to help the human species destroy itself. With the grim precision of a surgeon, De-Lillo describes the phases of the narrators' psyches during this mission, creating a metaphor for modern life.
The settings of all nine stories confront both the exotic and the mundane, with two following unemployed characters on the streets of New York City. There is also a topical story on the financial meltdown from inside a white-collar crime prison.
Verdict: For readers of literary fiction, this book is a good introduction to DeLillo's iconic postmodern style, though those new to the genre may find it a somewhat hard pill to swallow. De Lillo fans will appreciate the fix before his next novel and seeing the various themes he's touched on over the years.
-Kate Gray, New York
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From one of the greatest writers of our time, his first collection of short stories, written between 1979 and 2011, chronicling--and foretelling--three decades of American life
Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don De Lillo's iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories.
In "Creation", a couple at the end of a cruise somewhere in the West Indies can't get off the island--flights canceled, unconfirmed reservations, a dysfunctional economy. In "Human Moments in World War III", two men orbiting the earth, charged with gathering intelligence and reporting to Colorado Command, hear the voices of American radio, from a half century earlier. In the title story, Sisters Edgar and Grace, nuns working the violent streets of the South Bronx, confirm the neighborhood's miracle, the apparition of a dead child, Esmeralda.
Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. De Lillo's sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Mark Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great writer whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.
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