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Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo
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Oct 14, 2011

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Read from September 28 to October 13, 2011

Don DeLillo is regarded as one of the greatest living American writers, so naturally I had to check out his work. Great Jones Street was unusual, to say the least. It's one of those books that make it difficult to answer the question, "What is it about?" Sure, it has a plot, but "what it's about" is really tangential to the happenings of the book themselves. Ostensibly it's about art and its meaning, a subject near and dear to my heart.

The book doesn't have much action and is told mostly through dialogue. The dialogue is sharp and witty, but I would've preferred more action -- the story is told through long-winded expositions by the characters. At the same time, the characters are striking and unique, and the prose is dense (which I like), and the book is a real page-turner, despite the lack of any real action.

Great Jones Street has compelled me to check out other DeLillo works.

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