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Americana by Don DeLillo
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May 17, 2010

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What a wild ride. The banality of the first section was truly a slice of americana. David Bell as asshole, egoist, totally unlikeable. Then the movie starts. It leaves me with the question: was DeLillo on acid when he wrote this? Perhaps acid would help in the reading. Once the movie is over, so is the story as the finale winds up someplace completely different. This might have been one of those 'life changing' books had I found it back in '71 when I was 18 and didn't know what I wanted. But today it's a not-all-that-nostalgic look back at the beginnings of a great writer's career. I've read a lot of 'strange' books (who here hasn't?) but this one rises pretty close to the top of the list.

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