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Mao II By Don DeLillo Mao II One of the most intelligent grimly funny voices to comment on life in present day America The New York Times Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images novelists and te

  • Title: Mao II
  • Author: Don DeLillo
  • ISBN: 9780140152746
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mao II By Don DeLillo One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present day America The New York Times , Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch individualist At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present day America The New York Times , Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch individualist At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms Bill s dangerous passage leaves two people stranded his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange young woman who is Scott s lover and Bill s.
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    1. Paquita Maria Sanchez on said:

      Don DeLillo is maybe my favorite novelist I would never recommend to anyone Obviously, I don t mean he s not worth reading, but in order for his words to fulfill their collective mission in life, you have to read him the right way Please believe me, I m not some asshole who s saying you have to read him the way I do in how you interpret him or whether you like what you find, but you have to cast aside that race for the finish line tendency we all have in us, and read uncomfortably close if you w [...]

    2. Jr Bacdayan on said:

      The cult of Mao was the cult of the book A writer is always said to bring wisdom and knowledge to his readers, to give them guidance, clarity of mind by using stories and instances regardless of truth as exemplars But can the writer do the opposite and inspire terror, chaos, and bewilderment It is often said that a writer sacrifices himself for the better fortune of his readers Writing should be a beloved practice to those who are enad by words, by language, and sometimes by the ability of playi [...]

    3. Violet wells on said:

      The future belongs to crowds If you ve tried DeLillo and didn t get on with him this probably isn t going to change your mind All the familiar DeLillo hallmarks are present and correct every character speaking in an identical voice, every character as intelligent and eloquent as the author dramatic tension is hewn into the sentences rather than the plot and it s primarily cerebral in its appeal as opposed to emotionally engaging There are five players in Mao II Bill is a famous reclusive writer [...]

    4. Fabian on said:

      The secret of me is that I m only half here Andy Warhol says this perhaps because I m a such a nonfan of his I was a super nonfan of this.The novel infuses you with images and DeLillo attempts to do something wholly Warholesque with his own brand of literature More discerning minds can tell me what that something is, and or what specific effect it produces The novel is also about the indifference of society personified by crowds, the act of writing as a doppelganger for terrorism, and about mess [...]

    5. BlackOxford on said:

      The Novelist as Substitute Terrorist Or the other way round I have a great deal of sympathy for DeLillo s protagonist, Bill Gray, alias Willard Skansey Jr He has my fear of being over the hill He, like me, talks to relative strangers intimately than is warranted I share his doubt that any of my accomplishments have even personal importance And I really would prefer to spend my remaining days being ignored by the world.On the other hand, Bill puts me off viscerally His clipped conversational ban [...]

    6. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      Another of the second tier of DeLillo s books, this one talks of writer s block and of the crazy marriage cult of Kim Jo Pak s Unification cult Bizarre and full of action, it is well written and a page turner It is however one to read after the masterpiece of Underworld.

    7. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      What is the role of fiction writers in world peace This might as well be the aching question that this book tried to answer Or offered to answer That, for me, is what made this book different from other books about novelists as the main protagonist That, for me, is the reason why I really like this book.This is my 3rd Don DeLillo and he is still to disappoint This does not have the in your face sadness of his Falling Man 3 days because it is not about 9 11 but this is not as artsy as the book th [...]

    8. Szplug on said:

      As with Underworld, the opening prologue based upon an actual occurrence of the mass wedding of young and youngish couples of the Unification Church, held in Yankee Stadium and performed by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, is one of the strongest points of the book DeLillo excels at such portraits set to the page, crisply and potently capturing the atmosphere of this bizarre and fascinating spectacle, with its ordered ranks of veils and ties, the regimented structure and candle row colors that delin [...]

    9. Hadrian on said:

      This is a Typical DeLillo which is by no means bad On the contrary.First, I d like to say that DeLillo s writing style is as ornate and expressive as ever.This is of a rambling discussion, a loose connection of thoughts on crowds, mass movements, the Unification Church, writers, New York, baseball, terrorism, and post modernism Sometimes DeLillo goes for multi page conversations, and sometimes for little aphorisms which you can repeat to impress your friends and sound wise.Again, the usual cave [...]

    10. Cosimo on said:

      Sotto gli occhi di tutti Da qualche tempo ormai ho l impressione che i romanzieri e i terroristi stiano giocando una partita che si conclude zero a zero Quello che guadagnano i terroristi, lo perdono i romanzieri Il potere dei terroristi di influenzare la coscienza di massa la misura del nostro declino in quanto forgiatori della sensibilit e del pensiero Il pericolo che essi rappresentano pari alla nostra incapacit di essere pericolosi Beckett l ultimo scrittore che abbia forgiato il nostro modo [...]

    11. Sentimental Surrealist on said:

      Mao II centers around two events the emergence of a reclusive author in New York and a hostage crisis in Lebanon That both events are treated with the glibness and breakneck pace of news cycles isn t, in and of itself, reason to praise this novel, even if you consider that DeLillo does so as a commentary What makes Mao II great, then, is that he goes all the way with commentary on the media, inviting the reader into the world of the twenty four hour news rush, making you eagerly await every new [...]

    12. Trevor on said:

      This is the only book I ve ever read that I wanted to start reading again immediately after finishing it I have read his description of two people watching the funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini a dozen times I wish I could have written that The description of the mass wedding at the start of the book is also remarkable.

    13. Lucia on said:

      I can t deny that Don DeLillo has great way with words but the lack of traditional storytelling prevented me from enjoying this novel.

    14. Brad on said:

      I could feel DeLillo grappling with something important as I read this book, trying to deliver something profound, and that feeling made me want to press on, to see where he was going, even though I found most of his narrative a slog.There were astounding moments The funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini was gorgeous prose The discussion between Bill and George about the power of the terrorist to affect change was tense and convincing Karen s time in the homeless shantytown was poetic and always shiftin [...]

    15. Drew on said:

      DeLillo has always been good at capturing the way people actually talk syntax, cadence, etc but his characters don t usually say things normal people say They are always totally self aware and generally pretty intelligent They understand the psycho socio philosophical implications of lighting a cigarette they get the significance of a half second pause in a conversation They can read each others minds, finish each others sentences And this can be distracting, can take you right out of the book B [...]

    16. Hugo Emanuel on said:

      Uma interessante reflex o sobre o papel e influ ncia cultural que a palavra escrita teve durante a hist ria, e a forma como esta se alterou na sociedade actual DeLillo parece sugerir que a import ncia da palavra escrita e a sua capacidade de alterar o panorama moral e cultural da sociedade foi sendo gradualmente suplantada pela imagem e o terror No entanto, evidencia que toda e qualquer ideia antes de tomar forma , habitualmente, primeiro anotada em forma escrita e que, consequentemente, tem a s [...]

    17. Lara Messersmith-Glavin on said:

      I feel very safe when I read Delillo I know I am going somewhere worthwhile, and I know that I can trust him to get me there smoothly and gently, that the time will pass and the journey and destination and details will all be taken care of This novel is, by turns, deeply real and entirely metaphysical, an eloquent portrait of a small collection of individuals and individual drives and pains, and an entirely artificial means for Delillo to explore principles of art and meaning making within the f [...]

    18. Rayroy on said:

      Even better upon a second reading, DeLillo books are ones that need demand two readings you read and see things with such vivid clearity, a wedding party escorted by a Russian Tank.Hey America deal makers or diplomats, Don t bring your problems to Beirut or Syria, The novel can t compete with the war and death on the 24 hour news networks shown without remorse, we relay on the carnage seen on CNN so we feel lucking about drinking our Coke a Cola with out bombs falling on our heads feel less guil [...]

    19. Richard on said:

      I am a fan of Don DeLillo s artistic ambition and his want to address ideas profound than simple character study When Tom Wolfe wrote his diatribe against MFA writing programs and accused them of passing along a tradition of meaningless, nonempathetic stories rather than work that addresses morality and social meaning, he undermined his own argument with his own bare faced self promotion of _The Bonfire of the Vanities_, a work that may in essence have fit his own ideal but was poorly structure [...]

    20. Neil on said:

      This novel is just about ideal for me as its themes combine photography and the power of the image with writing and the role of the novelist About 90% of my time is spent either taking photographs or reading.The title of the book is derived from Andy Warhol s famous portrait of Mao Zedong, but the power of the image, especially of a portrait, is a dominant part of the story and it isn t just Mao II that is discussed Alongside images and novelists, the book also explores terrorism and crowds Ther [...]

    21. Derek on said:

      The hardest thing about reading a Don Delillo novel is everything is quotable, every sentence he writes is a sentence only Don Delillo could ve written, anyway you look at it This is a short book, shouldn t take one than a few days, but it s such a rich, deeply profound book that needs to be read slowly, with much concentration lest you miss out on all the cool stuff Some of it isn t accessible, not right away, but when you mull over it, you do see it make sense See it define your life somehow, [...]

    22. sologdin on said:

      A mess Opens with the reactionary premise that the future belongs to crowds 16 and descends from there Something about a reclusive writer and another writer kidnapped by Lebanese Maoists I suspect there is a concordance here between the artist who wishes to remain out of the public spotlight and the artist who is forcibly hidden Dunno The whole thing is kinda gross.My copy is a first edition, which has a Pynchon blurb on the back no surprise he likes it, considering P s own alleged reclusiveness [...]

    23. Mark on said:

      The premise terrorists have taken the place of writers specifically novelists as shapers of the public consciousness Timely subject, nearly fifteen years later But it takes great skill to make a subject like this dull as dish water But Delillo, unfortunately, succeeded in doing just this We have Bill, a reclusive novelist who has, after decades, allowed himself to be photographed We have Brita, the photographer, who in my estimation should have been the focal point of the entire novel And we hav [...]

    24. LunaBel on said:

      This novel is about images It depicts images from different perspectives The image that the author has of himself, the world, and terrorism The images a photograph takes of the author, of war, and of children playing in a schoolyard This novel is about the image an insecure person has of themselves, and the image a lost soul forms of the world around them This novel divulges the truth through images, and the fear reflected in so many ways.

    25. hearusfalling on said:

      This book is easily one of my favourite from DeLillo s oeuvre, the prose is on point, the ideas are thick and fast and genuinely interesting and DeLillo doesn t drag it out too long I ve always felt he works best in the somewhat shorter form, the 150 400 page range, something like Underworld just didn t work for me, there were a few sections I enjoyed but the book suffered from an undercooked and soggy middle, but in Mao II Don s prose never wavers and he gets out just in time before the whole t [...]

    26. Rafa on said:

      Sobre el terrorismo en la era postmoderna De los mejores del autor.

    27. Dan on said:

      I once read an interview with DeLillo, where he claimed that he often liked to change or rearrange words in his sentences for the sound or effect it created, even if it ended up changing the meaning of the sentence entirely For me, this just smacks of irresponsibility for someone held in such high literary esteem, and demonstrates his overriding pretentiousness as a novelist.The characters in this novel speak without any realism, seeming to communicate only in profound aphorisms to pound home th [...]

    28. Emily Bell on said:

      What I LikedThe writing in Mao II is powerful, stunning, and lovely Each sentence is structured with care and perfection Descriptions of mass events and roaring crowds are immersing I don t know if I ve ever rated something so low that was written so well, but I could never get into this book I did not enjoy this read And I will not come away a changed person from reading it The profound message that DeLillo labored to pound into the reader didn t wash over me.What I Didn t LikeI hated the dialo [...]

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