Authors: Don DeLillo
“His best novel and perhaps that most elusive of creatures, a great American novelÂ .Â .Â . a masterpiece in which the depth and reach of the commonplace are invested with universal scope and grandeur.
is also a thrilling page-turner, propelling us along with realistic characters and those compelling details that make it impossible for themâor usâto escape the past.”
The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
, we have a mature and hugely accomplished novelist firing on all cylinders, at the sophisticated height of his multifarious powers. Reading the book is a charged and thrilling aesthetic experience and one remembers gratefully that this is what the novel can do, and indeed does, better than any other art formâit gets the human condition, it skewers and fixes it in all its richness and squalor unlike anything else. The novel is the âgreat book of life' and as long as there are human beings who are readers it will survive and, with a little luck, even flourish. Don DeLillo's
is a formidably potent and hugely encouraging testimonial to this undeniable, indomitable and strangely consoling fact.”
“The most personal and contemplative of DeLillo's novelsÂ .Â .Â .Â
confirms that contemporary American fiction's most promising movement involves novels on a large social and historical scale that stretch the norms of narrative and language.”
surges with magisterial confidence through time and through space.”
The New York Times Book Review
“The sheer size of the imaginative act is what is so impressive about this novel. That, and the beauty of its imagery.Â .Â .Â .Â
is a magnificent book by an American master.”
“This novel will make you feel lucky to be alive and reading.”
âAdam Begley, New
“MagnificentÂ .Â .Â . a miracle.”
“Courageous, ingenious and demanding,
is a book to be talked aboutÂ .Â .Â . for years to come.”
The Atlantic Monthly
intellect, its view, its fabulous drama, its soul, its passion and compassion, and the beauty of the writing, just the size and generosity of it, are all of some spectacular high order. I can't imagine any writer reading it without complete admiration and a kind of gratitude, because if a book like that can be written in a culture like this, it's terrific for all of us.”
“Constantly pleasing not merely for the licked-finish illusionism with which he reproduces speech, or the camera eye he brings to bear on diverse contexts, but for the ways in which the renditions of those things will depart from the known or expected.”
The New York Review of Books
“Utterly extraordinaryÂ .Â .Â . in its epic ambition and accomplishment,
calls out for comparison with works like those of Bely or Balzac that have defined the consciousness of their age.”
âMelvin Jules Bukiet,
Chicago Tribune Books
“You pick up and travel with DeLillo anywhereâthe bliss of a baseball game, the meeting of old lovers in a desert. He offers us another history of ourselves, the unofficial underground moments. He smells the music in argument and brag. He throws the unbitten coin of fame back at us. This book is an aria and a wolf-whistle of our half-century. It contains multitudes.”
“Astonishing. A sprawling and spectacular look at a half-century in American life as seen through a series of multiple visions that come flashing into our consciousness in ways that are endlessly enlightening and awesome in their insights. DeLillo has raised literary standards to new highs here, and yet the book is a page-turner, a scene-stealer, a triumph of language that takes us everywhere we've never been.”
“DeLillo understands the capacity of words to elevate us above the mundane, to establish a distance from things and a mastery over them, a power emerging from the capacity given to Adam, the ability to name.”
âSteven E. Alford,
“Majestic and playfulÂ .Â .Â . amazingly light and supple for so weighty and elegiac a construction,
soars like a cathedral on the audacity of DeLillo's connections.”
“Reading DeLillo's books bolsters our belief in the art of fiction: He catches the drift of end-of-the-century life in words, one bright shining sentence after another.”
“The larger the canvas, the better DeLillo paints. He is a novelist of big themes.Â .Â .Â .Â
is a tour de force.”
“Precise, stark, gorgeousâsomething perhaps more properly termed a metaphysics of language, rendering and reflecting the mysteries of consciousness, those elusive meanings he and his characters so passionately seek.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
“DeLillo has written the first defining novel of what we are still calling the post-Cold War period.”
“In years to come, DeLillo's novel will certainly be seen as a perfect document of our paranoid, teeming, deeply nostalgic age.”
The Boston Phoenix
“The profundity, the intricacy, the beauty of
leaves me in a state of awe. It's one of a handful of novels that will come to define our culture in this century.”
“DeLillo's breathtaking prose transforms this otherwise bleak wasteland into a thrilling, brilliantly illuminated landscape.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune
“For those who love eloquent prose and powerful ideas,
is an eight-course meal.Â .Â .Â . An eye-opener, a consciousness-raising treatise on modern America by a writer in love with the power of words and the country he calls his own.”
âDorman T. Shindler,
The Denver Post
soars. Bigger and richer than anything Don DeLillo has done before, this multicharacter, time-leaping, sea-to-shining-sea dissection of Cold War American life is perilously goodâso good, so strong, deep, knowing and funny, that you might be tempted to read it and it alone, fanatically, the rest of your days.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“One of America's greatest contemporary fiction writers illuminates American Cold War life and its obsessions, weaving history and imagination into a huge and compelling tapestry.”
The Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer
“Anyone who wants to try to understand and appreciate the last half-century of life in these United States can do no better than read Don DeLillo's magnificent, beautifully written and outrageously persuasive new novel,
, unquestionably his masterpiece.Â .Â .Â . A triumphant performance.”
, DeLillo's richest and most ambitious novel, seeks nothing less than the secret truths of modern America.”
âGary Lee Stonum,
The Plain Dealer
“MagnificentÂ .Â .Â .Â
is the most powerful and original novel that DeLillo, one of the strongest American writers of our time, has written.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
as a successor not to the great American novels of Hemingway, Faulkner and Fitzgerald, but to the Russian masterpieces of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy.Â .Â .Â . A big, multistoried, glorious, moving novel.
The Raleigh News and Observer
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To the memory of my mother and father
He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful.
It's a school day, sure, but he's nowhere near the classroom. He wants to be here instead, standing in the shadow of this old rust-hulk of a structure, and it's hard to blame himâthis metropolis of steel and concrete and flaky paint and cropped grass and enormous Chesterfield packs aslant on the scoreboards, a couple of cigarettes jutting from each.
Longing on a large scale is what makes history. This is just a kid with a local yearning but he is part of an assembling crowd, anonymous thousands off the buses and trains, people in narrow columns tramping over the swing bridge above the river, and even if they are not a migration or a revolution, some vast shaking of the soul, they bring with them the body heat of a great city and their own small reveries and desperations, the unseen something that haunts the dayâmen in fedoras and sailors on shore leave, the stray tumble of their thoughts, going to a game.
The sky is low and gray, the roily gray of sliding surf.
He stands at the curbstone with the others. He is the youngest, at fourteen, and you know he's flat broke by the edgy leaning look he hangs on his body. He has never done this before and he doesn't know any of the others and only two or three of them seem to know each other but they can't do this thing singly or in pairs so they have found one another by means of slidy looks that detect the fellow foolhard and here they stand, black kids and white kids up from the subways or off the local Harlem streets, lean shadows, bandidos, fifteen in all, and according to topical legend maybe four will get through for every one that's caught.