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Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
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Oct 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in October, 2011

a little book, and a quick read and it is good that it was because this was a scary story, more reflective of today than 2003 when it published. So one realizes that DeLillo was predicting the future. The novel is the story of Eric Packer, at 28, a billionaire asset manager who one morning in April leaves his 104 million$, 48-roomed triplex penthouse to get a haircut and pursue a gargantuan bet that the yen will collapse. His custom white stretch limo is the basic venue for he story; his journey up 47th street in the limo is interrupted by a presidential motorcade, a rapper's funeral and a violent political demonstration and several visits from sexual partners, and a variety of experts pontificating on a range of topics. He gets what he deserves in the end. A lot of it seems far-fetched and perhaps it is to me living on a lake in the woods. And this is the enjoyable thing about reading a novel, one receives a peek into the mind of someone else for a brief moment in time. Perhaps New Yorkers, so removed from farm animals, trees and fresh eggs are indeed living in this kind of complexity; a superficial, surreal reality that technology, high-finance and our obsession with security produces produces.

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