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Cosmopolis

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  12,220 Ratings  ·  1,149 Reviews
Un giorno nella vita del giovane miliardario Eric Packer. Un'odissea contemporanea, surreale, sullo sfondo di un'oscura minaccia e del crollo dei mercati mondiali.
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published October 7th 2010 by Einaudi (first published 2003)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Pre-Film Review

I re-read this novel, before seeing David Cronenberg’s film (see Post 21).

SPOILERS

This review reveals what I think about the fate of the protagonist at the end of the novel.

My views are based on my interpretation of material that starts at page 55 of the 209 page novel.

If this material or my interpretation is incorrect, then the novel leaves you hanging at the end.

As my views on the novel as a whole depend on an interpretation of the protagonist’s fate, please don’t read my review
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Andrew Smith
I should have known!

I read Falling Man and found it impenetrable at first and only slightly less so when I managed to finish it - at the third attempt. Maybe Cosmopolis is very clever; if it is it's way too clever for me. I did stick with it (it's only a short tale) in the hope all would become clear. It never really did.

The core theme is simple enough - man with everything really has nothing - but I just could't identify with the main character and, worst of all, the words just didn't knit tog
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Fabian
Sep 23, 2009 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As eerie, weird, morbid, (yet) concise as writers go, Don De Lillo takes the cake. In "White Noise", people go a lil crazy after a chemical spill makes an OCD person's otherwise superdirty world into a superdooperdirty world. There are waves of radiation everywhere, as the world is infiltrated by 'lil parasites.

In "Cosmopolis", the Y2K scare is meshed with "American Psycho." Eric is a multimillionaire (billionaire?) who can control the American Stock Market via a gadgeted limo. Far out! But he i
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Steven  Godin
Sorry but this was for me below par for DeLillo's standards, which I have to say on the whole are remarkably good. Felt like a second rate Bret Easton Ellis, detached, cold and Narcissistic, infused with a surreal and nightmarish tone. The story is set on the corrosive and packed streets of Manhattan gripped by a state of paranoia and tension, and the comfy confinements of a billionaires stretch limo, this is basically one man's odyssey to get a haircut while the world outside his windows seems ...more
Roula
Feb 08, 2017 Roula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
αυτο ειναι το 3ο βιβλιο του Delillo που διαβασα και αυτο που μου αρεσε περισσοτερο. σιγουρα θα αναζητησω κσι αλλα εργα του συγγραφεα αυτου.

Η ιστορια εκτυλισσεται κατα κυριο λογο κ σχεδον αποκλειστικα στην τεραστια λιμουζινα του 28χρονου πολυεκατομμυριουχου Ερικ.Ξεκινα μια διαδρομη για ενα..κουρεμα.Εμεις λοιπον τον ακολουθουμε σε αυτη την διαδρομη στη Νεα Υορκη του 2000 στην οποια επικρατει αναβρασμος εν μεσω διαδηλωσεων, επιθεσεων(ακομη και εναντια στον πρωταγωνιστη ως εκπροσωπου του καπιταλισμο
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Eileen
Jan 07, 2011 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2011, fiction
It's a weird and complicated novel. Absolutely not something I would normally read. It reminds me of the literary books I had to read for my High school graduation exams. So why torture myself and read it?
Well, in May 2011 David Cronenberg will start filming the movie based on this novel that will be released somewhere in 2012. The very talented Robert Pattinson (who I adore) will play the role of Eric Packer, a newly wed financial wizard and billionaire, who drives through town (New York) in h
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Jacob J.
Aug 16, 2012 Jacob J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, pub-2000s, fiction

The Problem of Language:
“It was a matter of silences, not words.”

There are those who indict DeLillo on charges of criminal literary laziness, but I would submit that actually, what he possesses is an immense understanding of the limitations inherent in language as a mode of expression, and while perhaps superficially a little ironic, I would also submit that it is a crucial thing on which to have a grasp, as a practitioner of the written word. As evidenced by the overall pithiness, refusal to go
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Schuyler
Jan 23, 2008 Schuyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book number eight on my journey to read everything written by Don DeLillo. I have not yet read his more famous works, Libra and White Noise, though I'm kind of saving them because in a way, I know it's probably going to be 'down hill' from there. That is to say, Underworld, Libra, and White Noise are probably his best work. So I'm jumping around them. Well, I did read Underworld, but I will probably end up re-reading that one.

Everyone seems to either hate Cosmopolis or just appreciate i
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Marguerite Kaye
Oct 08, 2011 Marguerite Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not completely sure what existential angst is, but I am pretty certain this book gave me it. And nightmares. And it made me laugh out loud in places too, and some of the language stopped me in my tracks - mostly in a good way.

This was horribly compelling, utterly terrifying and unfortunately rang an awful lot of bells. In many ways it was picaresque a sort of modern-day Tom Jones journey through Manhatten, or maybe more like Alice Through the Looking Glass (meets Bonfire of the Vanities). W
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Παύλος
Update! Η κριτική μου στο αγαπημένο dreamers & co

http://dreamersandco.com/2017/04/kosm...

Δε ξερω.

Θα γράψω σε λίγες μέρες για να έχω ξεκάθαρη εικόνα. Ειναι αυτό που λένε "μένω με ανοιχτό το στόμα".

Όταν βρω τις κατάλληλες λέξεις, θα πω την γνώμη μου.
Shovelmonkey1
Nov 13, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban poets and philosophers
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: HMV book sale
This week I have read two Don DeLillo books; this one and White Noise, which thus far I have been too lazy to review. This may be regarded as a strange turn of events as after reading The Body Artist (my first foray into Don’s world), I had already bitterly sworn not to pick up another of his books. Anyway for one reason and another (causality :Don DeLillo books on sale for £2 each in HMV) here we are and I’ve read two more of his books with Underworld sitting, brooding darkly on my to-be-read s ...more
Jen
Feb 11, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patrick Bateman, Leopold Bloom
Shelves: 2011
If this is your first DeLillo, back away slowly and pick up a copy of White Noise or maybe the The Body Artist instead. (Unless you're breathless with anticipation to hear Robert Pattinson mutter the words "I want to bottle-fuck you slowly with my sunglasses on" while he submits to a prostate exam in crosstown traffic. In that case...well, carry on.)

Cosmopolis reads as more cultural theory/critique than novel, with exaggerated but vacant characters and implausible setpieces that are really no mo
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Ladies and Gentlemen and you multitude of the Landless:

This review would be more properly tagged/shelved "filmed" by myself, but seeing as how I did also read this book and maybe I'll add a second edition for a second review when I bother to reread the book. But...

I finally did see the Cronenberg attempt on DeLillo last night; much delayed, I don't get out to houses of movies often and netfilx recently allowed it to stream, pre-paid, into my clearly not limousine-shaped abode. And, quite true, I
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Pamela W
Mar 15, 2008 Pamela W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pamela by: Rosenberg, the bastard
Listened to this on audio during the commute and found the reader's voice really grating. Main character? Creepy and hateful, but not in a provocative way. More annoying. I don't generally enjoy reading (or listening) to lengthy soliloquies that are just excuses for phrases/random analogies or waxing on life's headier ponderances. Sounded forced, not ---ophical (insert prefix of choice). I wanted to perpetrate violence by the end of this story time, and I don't mean riotous/life-affirming violen ...more
Trevor
May 22, 2009 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I really enjoyed this book, enjoyed it in ways that I rarely enjoy novels. It is a couple of years since I read it and so I can only leave you with the impressions of it that have lasted. This is a book about the world that has built up around us and how even those who we might be excused for thinking ‘understand’ that world (we might perhaps even be tempted to claim they have ‘built’ that world) actually are as much acted upon and victims of it as we are.

The best summary I could give of this bo
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R.
May 11, 2009 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Althought set in April of 2000, the novel Cosmopolis (cosmic...city: the story has a very spaceship glow to it; the gadgetry the narrator describes in Ellisian detail...the rocketship limo, the android guards with names like...like Torval...the voice-activated weaponry) seems more a prophecy of here and now (or, yes, even six months in the future) than a satire of pre-9/11 excesses that, well, kind of got us into the whole 9/11 fix.

Eric Packer speaks in enigmaticisms - beautiful enigmaticisms -
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Ruby
Oct 02, 2015 Ruby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university, 2015
"He said, 'My prostrate is assymetrical.'
His voice was barely audible. There was a pause that lasted half a minute. He felt the subject regard him carefully, the other. There was a sense of human involvement.
'So is mine,' Benno whispered."

nahhhhh.
I don't have time for this, ironic or not.
Stephen M
Jun 26, 2012 Stephen M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Delillo Fans
Recommended to Stephen M by: David Cronenberg
White Noise was the greatest thing I've ever read, but every Delillo since has been a lukewarm glass of mehmonade.
Suzanne
Apr 14, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strangely this novel has received many negative reviews. Most of them compare this book against other Delillo works and feel it falls below his usual standard of excellence in prose. Having only read one, at this point, my view is very different.
The novel is based on a day in the life of its main character, Eric Packer, a 28 year old brilliant Wall Street currency trader who has made billions of dollars anticipating the market trends of worldwide currency. Not unlike Joyce's, "Ulysses" and Woo
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Big Milton
I was hoping by page 24 that the protagonist of this novel would be dragged from his limousine and beaten by children with Tickle Me Elmo dolls loaded with bricks. And then we would never hear from him again. But that ain't what happened. Unfortunately. A terrible novel by a great writer.
Alex Telander
Jan 31, 2011 Alex Telander rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second attempt with Don DeLillo, the first being last year’s The Body Artist, and having read Cosmopolis, I still don’t know what all the fuss is about this guy. Maybe it’s an “East Coaster” thing, for the guy just doesn’t impress me much. He’s the kind of author who attempts to use long words, complex run-on sentence, and go off on long and boring tangents which really have no bearing on the novel, and any real meaning or truth to offer the reader.

Cosmopolis is about a really rich gu
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Dave-O
Jul 13, 2007 Dave-O rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dellilo's New York limo ride flows well enough through the first half of the book. The premise allows itself to open an array of bizzare situations: a billionaire twenty-something want to ride in his suped-up stretch limo to get a haircut. On the way he has encounters with lovers, ex-lovers, and advisors in matters of technology, finance, security, and theory. Dellilo's prose is highly restrained with limited, but rich descriptions of neighborhoods that unfold through the eyes of billionaire Eri ...more
Michael Seidlinger
What? Huh? Okay?

These are not indications of confusion. I completely absorbed Cosmopolis and experienced every facet of the near-novella.

Given that, I must question the entire purpose of this piece. It certainly provides an ample-enough lens for American excess, disaffection, and dislocation... but I'm not sure it goes anywhere beyond the "image" of this particular portrayal.

I need a haircut too... but unlike the rich, I either cut it myself or drive the 1.2 miles to a Hair Cuttery and make it
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sologdin
Nutshell: one-percenter gets haircut, an event worthy of 200 pages.

The less looney toons sibling of American Psycho (“the logical extension of business is murder“ (113)), this text, contrary to my intentions, was not necessarily the correct one to brainbleach the Ayn Rands that I’d read immediately prior hereto--though her mantra regarding self-made industrialists, who nevertheless are heirs to massive fortunes, is given mock heroic treatment here as “self made,” “ruthless,” “strong,” “brilliant
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Alessio
Oct 23, 2016 Alessio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mentre fuori imperversa la protesta e lo spettro del capitalismo «si aggira per il mondo», la limousine di Eric Packer attraversa lentamente le strade di New York.
Il protagonista del quattordicesimo romanzo di Don DeLillo è un giovane ultramiliardario guru della finanza «che fa della virtualità delle sue azioni sui mercati la sua arma di vittoria nel mondo reale» (Pietro Masciullo). La sua anti-odissea giornaliera nasce da un istinto, da un bisogno primario (il taglio di capelli) e finisce irri
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Amber
Jan 10, 2011 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I read this book because Robert Pattinson has been cast to play the lead role in the screen adaptation. Having said that, I'm still glad I read it. I think a great deal of my issues with this as a book will be fixed in the movie. I occasionally had trouble realizing when the setting had changed, such as when Eric returned to the car. I would also have to go back and reread long strings of dialogue in order to track who was speaking each line. Both of those issues will be easy to correct in ...more
Jonfaith
Jan 01, 2013 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetry pours from Cosmopolis, a sweaty rut of discourse and images about the nature of power in our world. Delillo is prescient and impactful, but he's always been, hasn't he?

The protagonist finds obsoletion everywhere and the reader cringes, suddenly questioning their own utility. The ending proved blurred but effective. I sense the message within. The dedication to Paul Auster was intriguing as well. I may see the film now.
Sarah Nu
“People think about who they are in the stillest hour of the night. I carry this thought, the child's
mystery and terror of this thought, I feel this immensity in my soul every second of my life.”
Jill
Apr 24, 2011 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dan
Apr 28, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
an oil-and-water mix of brilliance and over-bearing allegory. the good outweighs the bad.

it's amazing that this book was written in 2003, because it ever-so-slightly predates the apex of corporate-greed-entropy in america. it's hard not to see mark zuckerberg in eric packer, the 28-year-old billionaire at the heart of the story. his icy, semi-autistic demeanor, technological zealotry and fascination with the movement of capital calls to mind the facebook guru immediately (they're even the same
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Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He currently lives outside of New York City.

Among the most influential American writers of the past decades, DeLillo has received, among author awards, a National Book Award (White Noise, 1985), a PEN/Faulkner Award (Mao II, 1991), and an American
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