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Americana by Don DeLillo
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Sep 25, 08

Just really unbelievable that he can get away with so blatant and heavy a freudian plot point. Along with the iron-fisted relationships drawn between flashback and present action. All of it. The disastrous last act, the disastrous bookend premise of the narrator's presence. And still, STILL, a book everyone should read, especially everyone who wants to write a novel, because here is a masterful author's uniquely unmasterful first stab, since esteemed as a masterpiece for its sheer unmasterfulness. It's. Wonderful. An opening sentence up there with Barth's "Funhouse" opening. I steal from this book almost every day of my life.
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Christine I totally agree with you about that first sentence!!! Priceless!!

Robthebook I'm glad somebody else stopped to notice the opener. It's as original as it is obvious. Effortless.

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