Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Names by Don DeLillo

The Names, Don DeLillo's 1982 novel set in Greece, is today's review from

Something about setting a novel in modern Greece seems to do wonders for good novelists. Perhaps the ancient ruins or the stark, revealing light, contrasted with the modern culture and potent political history, makes for particularly rich material. The Chicago Sun-Times compared this novel to John Fowles's The Magus, and there's some truth to that, in the mystery, the patterns and coincidences, and layers of symbolism and meaning. The Names is a skillful, prescient book; its exploration of terrorism and political instability connected with the search for meaning in history and language seems particularly relevant today.

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Blogger Tom Saunders said...

I started The Names. Didn't finish it. Arty-farty and very pleased with itself, I thought. Libra, DeLillo's book about the Kennedy assassination is good and White Noise is very readable. He's a writer fond of portentous ellipses and this is no substitute for having something intelligent to say. This is a message from the world of Tom.

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Blogger kathryn said...

Ah, welcome from the world of Tom. We do hope you will stop by once again!

I know how to pick the arty-farty ones, don't I? Always did. Haven't read any DeLillo, but I may give this one a go. Someday. Soon. Naturally, I'm curious about novels set in Greece. I guess it doesn't compare to the Magus. As if anything could!

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