Nov '03: Cosmopolis - Don DeLillo
On the back of the dusk jacket on my copy of Choke I read these blurbs:
[b]"Palahniuk is one of the freshes, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time. He rearranges Vonnegut's sly humor, DeLillo's mordant social analysis, and Pynchon's antic surrealism (or is it R. Crumbs?) into a gleaming puzzle palace all his own."
"Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo."
-----------------------------------------Bret Easton Ellis[/b]
I find it funny that an author that I was introduced to by reading Chucks books hasn't made its way to the Book Club. Sure DeLillos not new to the game by any means. His first novel [i]Americana[/i] was released in '71 and has a total of thirteen published under his name and one under the pseudonym Cleo Birdwell.
[i]Cosmopolis[/i] is his latest work published this year in April.
I've cut and pasted the following from
Epigraph: "a rat became the unit of currency" - Zbigniew Herbert (from the poem "Report from the Besieged City" which DeLillo read at an event in New York City on Oct. 11, 2001.)
What it's about:
A currency trader says, "We don't care. We need a haircut. We need to go crosstown."
"Sleep failed him more often now, not once or twice a week but four times, five."
What it's really about:
The bursting of bubbles, perhaps.
In the Esquire excerpt (April 2003), DeLillo is quoted with this description of the book: "The man, Eric Packer, is young, brilliant, ruthless, a billionaire asset manager. Reads serious poetry, speaks several languages, owns a decommissioned nuclear bomber, and has had his stretch limousine cork-lined against the city's street noise. And on this particular day, he is feeling a certain intimation of mortality. The idea occurred to me just about the time that the market was beginning to flatten out, which was spring 2000. I then realized that the day on which the action occurs would be the last day of the era - the golden age of cybercapital, with booming global markets and rampant dreams of individual wealth."
Also, the Esquire piece is illustrated with the work of Spencer Tunick, who photographs "massive installations of nude bodies in unexpected places." (Similar to what is described in the section of Cosmopolis that is excerpted, pp. 170-78)."[/i]
[url=http://www.chuckpalahniuk.net/community/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=15]Murdorc[/url] and I have taken the liberty of commandeering this ride. Why do I feel like I have become apart of the A*team?
Lets get this party started.