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Old 06-19-2008, 03:28 PM   #721
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I tried reading Infinite Jest way back when, and all the footnotes drove me crazy. (That was the one that had a bazillion footnotes, right?)

I've read one or two of his other books, with the essays, and they were just okay.

Has anyone read Don DeLillo's Underworld? That's a big, long one languishing on my shelf as well.
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I tried reading Infinite Jest way back when, and all the footnotes drove me crazy. (That was the one that had a bazillion footnotes, right?)

I've read one or two of his other books, with the essays, and they were just okay.

Has anyone read Don DeLillo's Underworld? That's a big, long one languishing on my shelf as well.
I have.
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I just started a new book which should be a quick trashy read called My Scottish Summer
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:44 PM   #724
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Don Delillo's Underworld is one of my favorite books. I'm in awe of his style in that book. It took me a hell of a long time to read all of it (the professor whose class I bought it for only made us read parts), but it was totally worth it.

I have his latest, Falling Man, on my shelf but still haven't gotten around to reading it. That's one I'll get to this summer, I'm sure.
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I have.
Yes, and what did you think about it?
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That's crazy talk. I appreciated your comments - it gives me another reason to keep it around on my shelves and get around to reading it someday!
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Yes, and what did you think about it?
Well, our tastes are very different, but, I loved it. Was kind of blown away by it, actually.
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Many times while reading Underworld I found myself wondering how it was possible that one person came up with and wrote the entire thing. It was overwhelming just to read. I couldn't imagine having to live with it for a few years and look at it every day.

I'm more hit or miss with a lot of Delillo's other books. I didn't care for The Body Artist (the novella he wrote immediately after Underworld), and I also didn't love Great Jones Street. I did like Cosmopolis, though, and I like his writing style enough that I do want to read at least a few more of his books, especially Endgame.
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#38 Tweak by Nic Sheff

Earlier this year I read Nic's father's memoir, Beautiful Boy, about being the father of a meth addict. This is the meth addict's turn.

I found myself disgusted and horrified in the beginning where he just went on and on about the gory details of his life, but was very interested and moved by his experiences sober and with his sponsor/friend.

It's hard for me to comprehend what it must be like to not only be an addict, but to have a loved one who's an addict.

Overall, I think I preferred the father's book.
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Underworld was good, but to me it wasn't anywhere near as good as Infinite Jest (yes, Cori, it's the one with the footnotes). As far as DeLillo is concerned I much preferred Mao II and The Names.
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Lazaras (That's how Mad1 spelled your name and I might take it a step further and roll with Lazarass), have we ever talked about Gene Wolfe?
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I don't believe so. I'm not familiar with the man's work, either.




So GFU.
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