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Underworld [Read] ➪ Underworld ➲ Don DeLillo – While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples DeLillo offers a stunning at times overwhelming document of the twin forces of the Cold Wa While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples DeLillo offers a stunning at times overwhelming document of the twin forces of the Cold War and American culture compelling that swerve from evenness in which he finds events and people both wondrous and horrifying Underworld opens with a breathlessly graceful prologue set during the final game of the Giants Dodgers pennant race in Written in what DeLillo calls super omniscience the sentences sweep from young Cotter Martin as he jumps the gate to the press box soars over the radio waves runs out to the diamond slides in on a fast ball pops into the stands where J Edgar Hoover is sitting with a drunken Jackie Gleason and a splenetic Frank Sinatra and learns of the Soviet Union's second detonation of a nuclear bomb It's an absolutely thrilling literary moment When Bobby Thomson hits Branca's pitch into the outstretched hand of Cotter—the shot heard around the world—and Jackie Gleason pukes on Sinatra's shoes the events of the next few decades are set in motion all threaded together by the baseball as it passes from hand to handIt's all falling indelibly into the past writes DeLillo a past that he carefully recalls and reconstructs with acute grace Jump from Giants Stadium to the Nevada desert in where Nick Shay who now owns the baseball reunites with the artist Kara Sax They had been brief and unlikely lovers years before and it is largely through the events spinoffs and coincidental encounters of their pasts that DeLillo filters the Cold War experience He believes that global events may alter how we live in the smallest ways and as the book steps back in time to over the following odd pages we see just how those events alter lives This reverse narrative allows the author to strip away the detritus of history and pop culture until we get to the story's pure elements the bomb the baseball and the Bronx In an epilogue as breathless and stunning as the prologue DeLillo fast forwards to a near future in which ruthless capitalism the Internet and a new hushed faith have replaced the Cold War's blend of dread and euphoriaThrough fragments and interlaced stories—including those of highway killers artists celebrities conspiracists gangsters nuns and sundry others—DeLillo creates a fragile web of connected experience a communal Zeitgeist that encompasses the messy whole of five decades of American life wonderfully distilled.

  • Paperback
  • 827 pages
  • Underworld
  • Don DeLillo
  • English
  • 08 August 2014
  • 9780330369954

About the Author: Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late th and early st centuries He currently lives outside of New York CityAmong the most influential American writers of the past decades DeLillo has received among author awards a National Book Award White Noise a PENFaulkner Award Mao II and an American.

10 thoughts on “Underworld

  1. karen karen says:

    seriously why does everyone suck this book's dick so much? this book was recommended to me by an ex who also recommended zuleika dobson and the joke so he had a good track record until then who knew how much i liked infinite jest so he thought i would like this one and if i only liked infinite jest because it was a long book written by a white male then i suppose i would have liked this book but i didn't so it must be something else i'm drawn to in the wallacei remember i was reading this at the airport where i was going to meet him like a dutiful girlfriend and just having my jaw drop at the first part not because it was soooo goooood like everyone here seems to think am i really the only one who felt embarrassed by the whole life magazine thing? i remember looking around after i read that part to see if someone was playing a trick on me when he got off the plane i just sat there shaking my head at him sadly it was the beginning of the endlook i really liked white noise but this i just felt to be a bloated wooden oddly phrased book whose language didn't charm me but made me unhappy and then he goes and publishes the first bit as a separate book? who does that?? sorry delillo its not terrible so it gets no 2 stars but i barely cared about anything in this book and it ruined a relationship if i die alone it's your faultcome to my blog

  2. Violet wells Violet wells says:

    I love reading James Wood on the novel For me he’s up there with Virginia Woolf as a critic who genuinely enriches the experience of reading the novel Even though he often denigrates authors I love Don Delillo for example Underworld for Wood was gratuitously obsessed with paranoia as if this was a concern peculiar to only Delillo But one could say paranoia was a state of mind invented by America Did it even exist in the 19th century? The Cold War saw the invention of paranoia as a mass media tool for manipulating public opinion Delillo’s fascination with it was not only entirely legitimate but incredibly eye opening in tracing the changing psyche of post 1950 America I don’t have Wood’s book with me here but to my recollection he wrote brilliantly about Underworld without getting itUnderworld doesn’t have much in the way of plot It’s like the literary euivalent of a musician jamming on a theme As if DeLillo has submitted wholly to the tides of inspiration and allowed himself to be taken wherever they lead him It reminded me in form of a web page full of hyperlinks DeLillo is fascinated by the ghost paths of connections and the panoramic grids they form; the secret lives of objects and the far reaching stories they tellHe wanted an object that would provide a surreptitious link to fifty years of American history and chose the baseball that won the 1951 World Series during which – here’s one of the hyperlinks the Russians tested their first atomic bomb The ball is initially pocketed by a young black kid who has jumped the turnstile without paying From the game itself seen through the eyes of various celebrities we enter the life of an impoverished black family in Harlem The first intimately observed narrative begins There’s so much in this novel it’s inevitable some “storylines” will appeal than others Ultimately it’s the clairvoyant power and beautiful urban lyricism of the prose which makes this a masterpiece in my eyes DeLillo is like a soothsayer of the technological consumerist age “Bemoan technology all you want It expands your self esteem and connects you in your well pressed suit to the things that slip through the world otherwise unperceived” He takes you behind the glossy surfaces of contemporary life excavates for deeper meaning in the newsreel footage The novel’s central character is employed by the waste industry which perhaps epitomises perfectly the buried volatile poisoning underworld of our culture

  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    THE PILGRIM 'S HEART IS LIGHT AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF HIS JOURNEYSo I will strap on my backpack and don sturdy walking boots an oxygen tank might be useful and a supply of plasters and animal pelts and then I will begin to scale the North Face of Modern American Literature Let's see how far I get before I fall off one of its jagged cliffs or collapse choking with one of Mr DeLillo's sentences wrapped around my neckBUT DISCOURAGEMENTS ARISE UNBIDDENUpdate Not even on page 100 and I have a sinking feeling It's DeLillo's style It's so veryerornate No noun escapes without an adjective pinned to it some of which are very odd consider these from pages 63 to 65 the little splat of human speech huh?A bled white sky with ticky breezes ticky? like a clock?a horseman with scabbarded rifle or a lone cameleer hunched in muslin on his dumb headed beastthe studded vegetation with what?a clear night with swirled stars swirled?Also this There is something about old times that's satisfied by spontaneity The uicker you decide the fully you discharge the debt to memory Okay what debt would that be? What's the logic here? Is this something our Don believes or is this something he wants us to believe this particular character believes? If so why? Who has the time to figure out what it means anyway? Especially when there's another 762 ticky swirled studded scabbarded pages to goThis isn't going so wellDESPAIR INGULFS HIS HEART AND HE HEARS VOICESAnd finally Once despondent and unenthused I zipped around the goodread reviews and found remarks such as oh god this this painful verbal bukakefest is literally 800 pages of DeLillo jacking off at his computer over how deep and verbose he is i wanted to punch him in the face and shake him shouting JUST GET TO THE FUCKING PLOT YOU SELF LOVING PIECE OF SHIT from EthanandI'll be honest and say that I don't remember much about this book other than an awful lot of baseball This is partially because there is a lot of baseball in it from ChelseaandUltimately I don't think DeLillo knew what his story was about and tried to compenstate by adding and pages Critics never wanting to be the one who doesn't get it fawned and fellated the book doing no favors to either the author or readers who mistakenly wade into this dank swamp and wonder why they're so dumb for not seeing the brilliance And then they run back to James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks or some shit like that and we're all a little poorer in the end from Josephand finally this from an online lit journalPotentially intriguing plots which feature strongly in the earlier parts of the book an intriguing serial killer subplot the stories of each person who possesses the winning baseball are abandoned halfway through the book in favour of overlong childhood memories or the inane ponderings of a performance artist; other stories are neglected for over 400 pages before reappearing at the end of the novel causing an unwelcome jolt as the reader tries to remember the pertinent detailsTHE PILGRIM CASTS THE DEVIL FROM HIMI groaned and decided to place this great tome gently onto my Abandoned Halfway And Will Never Finish Unless Some Very Unlikely DeLillo Fans Take My Family Hostage shelf

  4. Ethan Fixell Ethan Fixell says:

    i've only put down three books in my entire life the first was Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged which i absolutely loved but got terribly sick of after about 700 pages of the same goddamn philosophy being crammed down my throat which sounds like its awful but i really did adore those first two thirdsthe second was a speed reading book it wasn't a very uick read and i got boredthe third is now Don DeLillo's Underworld supposedly one of the greatest masterpieces of 20th century literaturei have no shame in saying that i stopped reading this bullshit after 550 pages because as brilliant as DeLillo may be and granted he does have a than firm grasp on the english language and on the power of dialogue he is absolutely hands down one of the most long winded convoluted writers i have ever read i've done White Noise and got through it without too much discomfort but was ultimately let down by the end and i mean that in both senses of the phrase the ending sucked and i was considerably less interested by the time the book ended than when i started nevertheless i'd still recommend it for certain redeeming ualitiesbut this one oh god this this painful verbal bukakefest is literally 800 pages of DeLillo jacking off at his computer over how deep and verbose he is i wanted to punch him in the face and shake him shouting JUST GET TO THE FUCKING PLOT YOU SELF LOVING PIECE OF SHITthere's nothing wrong with elegant poetic writing even in novel form but without a fucking interesting narrative? last time i checked a novel is defined as1 a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity portraying characters and usually presenting a seuential organization of action and scenesyeah i get it he's such a fucking genius because of the way he weaves esoteric and seemingly unrelated themes throughout the lives of dozens of characters within a bevvy of settings and a nonlinear timeframebut WHO FUCKING CARES?if its boring and the characters suck who really fucking CARES? i don't want to read that shit i could crack open my 10th grade chemistry textbook for thati came here to read a STORY Don it's a shame you couldn't help

  5. Lauren Lauren says:

    People married were born and died in the time it took me to read this book A kid sitting next to me on a plane commented that's the fattest book I've ever seen What's it about? I told him I have no idea I'm only 580 pages into it Having finished I still don't know what it was about but reading it was an extraordinary experience The novella that introduces the book is perfect and complete in itself What follows is discursive and ephemeral like some new kind of music Reading it was like learning how to listen

  6. Manny Manny says:

    I'm surprised to see how many people here had the exact same reaction I did They start reading they find a few bits that seem uite gripping and well written they lose momentum and they stop Some hypotheses None of us are smart enough to get the point There is a clear point but you have to reach the end to discover what it is and we didn't have the reuisite fortitude Also it must be like The Mousetrap readers who find out are sworn not to reveal it The point is that life feels this way if you're a certain kind of person ie interesting in places but ultimately pretty meaningless The book just isn't very goodNow that I write it down I do feel vaguely interested in discovering which of the above guesses is closest to the truth But not interested enough to open it againWhen I try to imagine Untitled the spectacularly unsuccessful novel that Richard writes in Martin Amis's The Information I must admit that the first thing I think of is Underworld At least DeLillo's book doesn't cause nose bleeds sinus headaches or inexplicable drowsiness Okay maybe the last oneI note with interest that Karl Ove Knausgård is another member of the club A passage from near the end of Min kamp 2 he has just visited a bookstore and made some purchasesDeLillo romanen angret jeg på i det samme jeg kom ut for selv om jeg en gang hade hadde vært fan av ham særlig romanene The Names og White Noise hadde jeg ikke klart å lese mer en halve av Underworld og siden neste bok hadde vært forferderlig var det åpenbart at han var på hellMy translationI regretted the DeLillo novel the moment I came out since even if I once had been a fan particularly of the novels The Names and White Noise I hadn't been able to read than half of Underworld and considering that the next book had been terrible it was clear he was on the way down

  7. Jason Jason says:

    I'm on page 387 of Underworld Please Help me decide if I should finish Yeah you Here's a few things I think are better than Underworld1 The song Born in the USA by Springsteen2 The blonds on the Danish women's Olympic curling team3 Opening a third beer4 A clean stove5 Any 5 pages of War and Peace6 The Greek flag7 When I catch an attractive woman looking at me8 Picking my teams for the NCAA basketball tournament9 An afro10 Any 15 minutes of Shawshank Redemption11 Deja vu12 A good picture on my driver's license13 Shade14 The shape of Alaska Here's a few things I think are worse than Underworld1 Keanu Reeves2 Beach sand in my shorts3 Tatoos from the knees down4 Gin5 The shape of Colorado6 'Carnies' small hands smell like cabbage7 The physical appearance of a goiter8 Smoke breath9 Non self deprecating people10 When a fucking crowbar gauges out my eye and falls with it's full weight on a single small toe

  8. Becca Becca Becca Becca says:

    I felt like this was one of those books where you kind of start getting drunk on the words and then you begin to think everything is super deep and has about 100 meanings and everything is interconnected Then you start reading every sentence about 5 times and get lost in a daydream about how everything is related to waste nuclear energy waste and nuns When you finish the book you feel like you've gone on a journey but it's hard to talk about it and your not really sure exactly what happened

  9. Perry Perry says:

    Elegy for Left Hand Alone Title of Part 2 45 stars footnote added on 1021I just read what to me is likely the most far reaching American novel in terms of its scope spanning the 1950s through the 1990s and covering a wide range of American topics from baseball to solid waste disposal US nuclear weapons and the Soviet atomic weapons program ie nuclear proliferation guns graffiti the US Roman Catholic Church the Cuban Missile Crisis drug addiction AIDS marital infidelity and pulling in a litany of American legends like Lenny Bruce J Edgar Hoover and Frank SinatraThe novel opens with a lengthy prologue perhaps the longest I've read set primarily on October 3 1951 at the New York Giants' home field the Upper Manhattan Polo Grounds in a renowned game with the Brooklyn Dodgers to decide the National League pennant winner to play in the World Series In the bottom of the 9th inning the Dodgers were up 4 2 and two men were on base when a player named Bobby Thomson stepped up to the plate and hit a 3 run walk off game ending homerun to give the Giants the win 5 4 The homer has gained a sort of mythical status among baseball fans such as myself known as The Shot Heard 'Round the World The whereabouts of that baseball is still unknown in real life But DeLillo creates a young fellow who skipped school and sneaked into the game and a scenario in which this student named Cotter Martin is befriended by an older man and we follow their conversation through parts of the game The homer is initially caught by the older guy and Cotter wrests the ball away from him and runs home Yet his father a drunk takes the ball out of his room as Cotter sleeps and sells it for 3245 Front page of New York Times on October 4 1951The remainder of the book follows a very nonlinear narrative mostly about a guy named Nick Shay who is an executive VP at a waste disposal company Shay grew up in Brooklyn And his life is slowly unfolded where we learn that he shot a guy when he was a juvenile around the same time as he was having an affair with a 30 something married woman DeLillo writes as if he's a bit repressed when it comes to carnal relations Nick messes around on his wife and his best friendco worker is having an affair with Nick's wifeWhile Nick is the novel's centerpiece DeLillo blends in a number of themes some of which are listed above and integrates a mosaic of memorable luminaries the primary two being Hoover and Bruce Several times he goes to bits of Bruce's routines in the early 1960s slamming and riffing on the Cuban Missile crisis and nuclear proliferation Part of Lenny Bruce's routine discussing a guy generally speaking on a date you're thinking all the universal things men have always thought about and said to each other get in her pants? did you get in? did you get some? did you make it? how far'd you get? how far'd she go? is she an easy lay? is she a good hump? is she a piece? did you get a piece? it's like the language of yard goods piece goods you can make her she can be made it's like a garment factory he's a makeout artist she's a piece The Underworld Hoover likes sneaking little peaks at his right hand man showering and changingThe titles of most of the parts are uite memorable including the DuPont ad slogan Better Things for Better Living Through Chemistry and the song titles Long Tall Sally by Little Richard and an infamous Rolling Stones song not released on any album called Cocksucker Blues The title of the prologue was The Triumph of Death a 16th Century oil painting by Dutch artist Pieter Brugel the Elder The Triumph of Death which fascinated Hoover in the novelI don't know if I subscribe to this being The Great American Novel as a couple of critics have claimed yet I don't think it's too far off with such a clever and cunning layout to the book an intelligent treatment of a number of American themes drawing in a number of known characters and its imaginative breadth My only complaints were that the nonlinear narrative is a little hard to follow and the dialogue of what seems to be a conversation in which two people are talking but it sure doesn't seem like they're conversing with each other which gets on my nervesI'll admit I heard this type of banter in college and will further plead no contest to having said at least one of these things to close friends when I was fourteen and didn't even know what a piece was seriously but realize that I was 14 in 1979 Yet I can swear that in my numerous years in grade school locker rooms or in a group of beer fueled college buddies swapping juvenile tales I never once heard a guy say that he grabbed a girl by her crotch or her breast Never At 14 in 1979 I knew better than to ever touch a girl there or there Nonetheless we have a man one step away from being elected POTUS who thought he was entitled to do that in his late 50s in the aughts Or at the least joked about doing that? Wow SMH Where are the social conservatives those who argue for censorship in schools to protect kids from smut? Shouldn't they be raising a ruckus? No they are too busy trying to sell bullshit from Trump about how 9 12 women each and every one of them are lying and how SNL is part of a grand conspiracy to steal the election from a brazen irreligious New Yorker Hypocrisy? A sign that the apocalypse is upon us?

  10. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Underworld by DeLillo I was a bit scared of it for years but after having successfully tackled two other post modern über works Infinite Jest and Gravity's Rainbow I decidedly it was time admittedly I have not been able to bring myself to attempt The Recognitions by Gaddis yet I enjoyed the writing style and loved the story The background of the postwar 50s and 60s was interesting and I loved the image of the open art exposition in the desert no spoilers It was my first book by DeLillo and after now having read 7 others Players Falling Man Libra White Noise Mao II and Zero K I have to day it is my favorite so far White Noise and Libra being runner's up and Zero K being my least favorite by far Ratner's Star is on my shortlist before the end of the year and perhaps I'll try Great Jones Street as well I thought that the sweeping prose style was efficient and worked better in this particular story than in the other aforementioned DeLillos In fact Underworld may be the only one besides White Noise that I will return to in years to come Honestly I prefer Pynchon particularly MasonDixon and Against the Day to DeLillo but of his work this one was for me the most funSince originally writing this review I have trudged through and reviewed on GR The Recognitions and have to say that I preferred Underworld GR AtD MD and IJ Of those four it would be hard for me to pick a favorite I think that DeLillo took less chances than Pynchon or DFW but the narrative is still captivating and entertaining

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