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Libra by Don DeLillo
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Oct 26, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star
Read in November, 2009

While not as awe-inspiring as Underworld, I'd have to say Libra comes pretty close. The opening paragraph provides a suitable representation of the novel itself: "The train smashed through the dark. People stood on local platforms staring nowhere, a look they'd been practicing for years. He kind of wondered, speeding past, who they really were. His body fluttered in the fastest stretches. They went so fast sometimes he thought they were on the edge of no-control." A train barreling down the tracks.

Also worth mentioning--this book is about itself. As much as DeLillo writes about the creation of an assassin (and he definitely is "created"), DeLillo writes about the creation of the novel.

Here are the notes I wrote to myself on page 1:


coincidence? convergence


truth, power, control

assignation of meaning
HISTORY - written or experienced?

Books, the struggle with the written word, "A word is a magic wish" (p. 414).

p. 394- "They were here to be an event, a consciousness, to astonish the old creedbound fears."

p. 414- "People were lonely for news."

All in all, an amazing novel on a subject in which I previously had no tremendous interest.

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