UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo

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7 Critic Reviews

This large novel defies our expectations of linear narrative flow, and is instead built carefully, lovingly out of these isolated tableaus, each one possessing a drive and vitality of its own.
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A Novel by the Author of Libra and White Noise
 

About Don DeLillo

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Don DeLillo 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.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by SCRIBNER.
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 24 2010

Sweeping in scope and design, incorporating such diverse figures as Lenny Bruce and J. Edgar Hoover, DeLillo's masterpiece shouts against the times in the language of the times: postmodernism against itself.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jul 14 2011

A decade after 9/11, it’s worth rereading Don DeLillo’s 1997 masterpiece, “Underworld,” to appreciate how uncannily the author not only captured the surreal weirdness of life in the second half of the 20th century...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Aug 16 2008

It is not unusual to structure a novel by dated sections. (An obvious recent example is Zadie Smith's White Teeth.) Yet to keep shifting backwards as DeLillo does is unconventional and audacious.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Jul 22 2008

This large novel defies our expectations of linear narrative flow, and is instead built carefully, lovingly out of these isolated tableaus, each one possessing a drive and vitality of its own.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by David Walton on Oct 18 2008

"Underworld" is, I'm sorry to say, an uneven book, or maybe just too loosely constructed for my particular taste.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Tom De Haven on Oct 03 2008

Spanning five decades and using recurrent images (garbage, graffiti, a smudged baseball) to link dozens of vignettes and characters, the mammoth new novel by Don DeLillo...takes for its subject nothing less than the complete Cold War.

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Suite 101

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Reviewed by Chris Adimando on Jan 31 2011

Set against the backdrop of America's Cold War with Soviet Russia, Don DeLillo...provides readers with an intense, insightful and vision altering take on the world as we know it.

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