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Under jord (1997)

av Don DeLillo

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A 1950s teenage hood from New York is transformed by the Jesuits into a respectable man, managing hazardous waste. A portrait of the decade from the viewpoint of the garbage industry.
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DeLillo's epic story is a eulogy to post-WWII 'free' America. Some brilliant passages, and some forgettable ones. The story winds and weaves through different characters in the US (mainly New York) between the 1950s and 1980s, dabbling in popular culture (Sinatra and Lenny Bruce), politics (J Edgar Hoover) and TV-fed sensationalism. The strength of the story is sometimes lost in the use of popular characters, and the impact of the writing never hits home, possibly because other books have dealt with the dynamics of Cold War politics and post-Reaganomics in a more jarring way (such as Infinite Jest), but the strong sections are often phenomenal. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
An excellent book, it was quite different than what I expected. I enjoyed the reverse chronological structure of the story and the characters were believable and it was interesting to see how they unmatured through the telling of the book. This is the first DeLillo novel I’ve read and definitely would be interested to read some of his other books. My only negative feedback is this book could probably have been shortened quite a bit and still kept its significance. ( )
  briandarvell | Aug 7, 2020 |
it was chill
  theodoram | Apr 7, 2020 |
No plot at all other than a few vague ideas. 'twas nicely written but not in any way beautiful - though it is, kinda, an art piece.

Got through half of it (400 of 800!) pages before coming to my senses and abandoning it. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Underworld by Don DeLillo starts out easily enough, a young man named Cotter wishes to attend a baseball game. Apparently, this game is really important, the third in a playoff series that would culminate in the World Series, or so I assume. DeLillo is a master of description, putting forth a visual feast for the senses. From the food that is eaten to other matter, DeLillo doesn’t miss a beat. Cotter cuts school to attend this game, which is a huge deal for him. Along the way, a historical event happens; the Soviets drop a Super, an H-Bomb. The date is October 3, 1951. Jackie Gleason is in the crowd alongside Frank Sinatra and J Edgar Hoover. There is another man there, but I don’t remember his name or recognize it for that matter. J Edgar Hoover as we all know, was the head of the FBI for a long, long time. Frank Sinatra was a musician of no small account. Jackie Gleason was a comedian that showed up in The Honeymooners and did other things to make him famous before the Honeymooners. If you are interested in who wins the game, the book tells you that as well, it’s the Giants with a score of 5-4. And that was merely the prologue.

The book itself is pretty long. There is much to say in the manner of memory and nostalgia. However, it does take a bit to get going, and this is something that you can’t do with my current attention span. The fact of the matter is, although I do enjoy reading, it is difficult for me to focus on this particular book. I don’t know why that is. The book has mesmerizing dialogue and reminds me somewhat of Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. I don’t really feel like reading it any further than what I have. Perhaps I will return to it later. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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'"Underworld" is a victim of its own ambition: by trying to cover such a wide range of characters and situations, DeLillo loses track of some of them' ... 'Despite its faults DeLillo has created an ambitious and powerful novel...'
tillagd av GYKM | ändraSpike Magazine, Gary Marshall (Dec 1, 1998)
 
This "is his best novel and perhaps that most elusive of creatures, a great American novel."
 

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He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful.
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"How is it we did so much laughing? How is it people came over with their empty pockets and bad backs and not so good marriages and twenty minutes later we're all laughing?"
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