luka

Well-known member
dont read any of them. read something good instead. read a fantastic four comic. read a instruction manual for a dyson hand-dryer. read anything but that.
 

woops

is not like other people
i remember the names was good but i read in school days, should have another look

americana - very freaky picaresque with bizarre but believable scenes and characters in a non-wacky non-pynchon way

ratner's star - again completely bizarre and almost inhuman but kept me reading and interesting science buts that never got too technical for me

those are the one's i enjoyed the most but may not be the ones that make the most portentous statements lol
 

luka

Well-known member
its a reflex. if any one mentions him i have to sprinkle some bad vibes and belligerence. but on the other hand i mean it, read something better.
 

woops

is not like other people
i read this whole thread today and found this 2004 comment from @luka. observe how considerate he is, how he explains his objections to DeLillo in a reasonable manner. nowhere does he dismiss out of hand or personally insult people who happen to enjoy DeL's writing. note his repeated use of "i think".

luka said:
i don't want to be accused of intellectual bullying but i don't like de lillo. i read mao II first. i liked that.

so i read white noise. i think david toop mentions it in ocean of sound which would explain how matt came to read it. (is that a good guess matt?)

i didn't like that. it was the smart-arsery that put me off i think. it felt too contrived.

i didn't hate that nearly as much as underworld though which i think is a major acheivement of shitness.
overreaching himself. i don;t like the folksy pose/prose and i don't buy it either. straining for profundity and coming off like a smartarse is what i reckon.

plus no book can justify being that long, life is short and books should be too.

i think i'll get drunk by myself now. anyone want to come round and cook me dinner?

oh yeah, you reminded me, i read libra as well. i can't remember hardly anything about that book.
 

luka

Well-known member
i read this whole thread today and found this 2004 comment from @luka. observe how considerate he is, how he explains his objections to DeLillo in a reasonable manner. nowhere does he dismiss out of hand or personally insult people who happen to enjoy DeL's writing. note his repeated use of "i think".
dont embaress me by dredging up my shameful past please.
 

jenks

thread death
White Noise is good - I remember it being very funny too - something he appears to have erased from his writing over the years. Libra is excellent- it reads well next to American Tabloid by Elroy. Mao II is good - I always wonder what Pynchon made of it.
 

version

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Mao II is good - I always wonder what Pynchon made of it.
The reclusive writer's more Salinger than Pynchon, but Pynchon's probably in there too. He also blurbed the book,

"This novel's a beauty. DeLillo takes us on a breathtaking journey, beyond the official versions of our daily history, behind all easy assumptions about who we're supposed to be, with a vision as bold and a voice as eloquent and morally focused as any in American writing."
 
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