©1988 Don DeLillo; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A seamless, brilliant work of compelling fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"An engrossing tale." (Library Journal)
"DeLillo’s novel is like a stop-motion frame of the crossfire, a still picture of an awful moment.... [His] prose has a quality of demented lyricism." (The New Yorker)
Of course, he's a master. But I believe his real mastery came just after this with Mao II and then Underworld.
I'm glad I read this, and it can be compelling, but I have three complaints in the face of its general excellence:
1) To appreciate this in full, you have to know a lot of the individuals purported to be involved in the assassination controversy. Wikipedia helped, I'm sad to say, and I enjoyed the book more when I realized that some of the minor figures were historical as well.
2) James Ellroy ultimately does the deep cynicism here better than does DeLillo. His American trilogy covers a lot of the same ground with an even more devastating flamethrower.
3) DeLillo really finds his voice, for me, with Mao II. You see some of the same insights here in nascent form -- the sense that the terrorist shapes our public consciousness more fully than the artist -- but he doesn't sharpen them until his follow-up.
Don Delillo adds so much to the story of Oswald and the politics of the times. I had a very hard time with the narration, however. The narrator spoke clearly and plainly, but emotion was missing.
I listened to Underworld and loved it. i read other DD novels in print and also really liked them, but it will be impossible for me to purchase other DD audiobooks read by Mr. Prichard. He has no sense of pause, no sense of character, his voice is atonal and without inflections. I have no idea how some people become book readers..... this was not as bad as books read by Mr. Frederick Davidson but close.... please Audible have someone else perform these books!!!
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