Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age 28, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town.
His journey to the barbershop is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors - his experts on security, technology, currency, finance, and theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and sometimes he doesn't have to.
Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo's 13th novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of a spectacular downfall.
©2003 Don DeLillo; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"DeLillo, master novelist and seer, tells the surreal, electrifying story of this dehumanized moneyman in English scrubbed so clean and assembled so exquisitely it seems like a new language....Breathtakingly poetic and devastatingly witty." (Booklist)
“Cosmopolis is nothing if not challenging, thought-provoking, and utterly different.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Cosmopolis is written with the sort of intensity you simply don't get elsewhere.” (GQ,UK)
I agree with the previous reviewer that this book is read perfectly. And the book itself, while concise, is brilliant in its erudition, the poetry of the voice and the sustained mood.
DD loves language. Sometimes his books amaze with the shear volume of beautiful language. This novel is one-breath poem in prose. Inspired.
This isn't the most popular of his books, but the reading makes this book is masterful. I've listened to this particular book a dozens of time, simply because of the reading. I enjoy DD greatly and have downloaded several of them, but this is the best read bar none. In fact, I enjoyed this rendition so much that I've actually checked the other books recorded by this reader (but unfortunately, the other titles are in genres that I am unfamiliar with). For those who enjoy DD, this is an excellent audio version.
Maybe I would to pick up missed detail...
The destruction of the limo marking the slow decline.
The point where the character realizes that all of the precautions of the super rich which insulate him from the reality that he has left behind actually threaten him more than any potential danger that they might protect him from.
The driver with the scar on his eye
Love this book, Delillo never falters.
This was the first book I had heard narrated by Will Patton and loved his voices so much that I have sought out some of his other work. Though not a detective story reader, I have come to be an avid listener of the James Lee Burke novels that Will Patton does. Anyone who has enjoyed him doing Cosmopolis might want to give those a spin. His voices are just as masterful as in Cos. I love Don DeLillo to read because I like to visually see his words on a page; he has such a beautiful way with language. But I have played Cos over a dozen times because Will Patton makes it a unique experience on its own.
I'm a fan of DD and this is a great book, but the Will Paton (reader) makes this special experience. The only time I'd heard reading like this was when my friends would read out loud a passage they've loved since highschool.
Compared with Libra or White Noise this story is more constructed and less realistic.
But it is not as polished as Point Omega.
It is comparable in quality with The Names or Running Dog.
Still worth the money and it is an interesting critique of modern Wall Street life. But also a bit "over the top".
No. It left me confused. The stuff I did understand was sort of revolting or boring.
Maybe, but not by this narrator.
No. I disliked the whispering narration through out the entire book.
It has been made into a movie. That is what gave me the idea to read the book before seeing the movie. I feel that I can skip seeing the movie after reading the book.
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