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Americana (1971)

af Don DeLillo

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His first novel, Don DeLillo's Americanapassionately articulates the neurotic landscape of contemporary American life through a disintegrating embodiment of the American dream.Prosperous, good-looking and empty inside, 28-year-old advertising executive David Bell appears on the surface to have everything. But he is a man on the brink of losing his sanity. Trapped in a Manhattan office with soulless sycophants as his only company, he makes an abrupt decision to leave New York for America's mid-west. His plan- to film the small-town lives of ordinary people and make contact with the true heart of his homeland. But as Bell puts his films together in his hotel room, he grows increasingly convinced that there is no heart to find. Modern America has become a land that has reached the end of its reel...Don DeLillo (b.1936) was born and raised in New York City. Americana(1971), his first novel, announced the arrival of a major literary talent, and the novels that followed confirmed his reputation as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in late-twentieth-century American fiction. DeLillo's comic gifts come to the fore in White Noise(1985), which won the National Book Award, Underworld (1997), hailed by Martin Amis as 'the ascension of a great writer', Cosmopolis (2003), adapted into a film by David Cronenberg, due to be released later this year, and Falling Man(2007), a novel about the aftereffects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.If you enjoyed Americana, you might like DeLillo's Libra, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'He's a writer who, once you read him, makes you want to read everything he's done'Martin Amis, Sunday Times'Witty, clever and incisive ... a marvellously realized plot'Time Out'Nearly every sentence of Americanarings true ... DeLillo is a man of frightening perception'Joyce Carol Oates… (mere)
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i've only watched about two seasons of 'Mad Men' but I assume this is the route it takes. ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
Is like an alien world to me, can't tell how authentic the Americana in this is. Impressive in its ability to keep me reading despite being narrated by a pretentious jerk. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
A little too cool for school.

To me, this is a good example of where some writing, esp. "literature," went in the 70s and beyond. A little too much focus on form and less on content. Style over substance. A blueprint for where the MFA in writing crowd would be headed in the 80s-00s.

One thing missing from pieces like this is the substance underneath. I love Picasso and I love how he played with form, presentation and light. But, there remains, underneath the cool new tools/techniques he used, real emotion and content. I think that Americana is all flourish, that shows that Mr. DeLillo has chops, but that he doesn't have a good story to tell nor does he tell it in a way that I would label good.

Others will surely feel differently about this book and about his more recent works that have won more acclaim. I like to start with an author's first book to see where they came from and where they might be headed before the onslaught of reviews, editors, fans and detractors arrive.

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  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
Strong start, second half lost me. Hilarious. ( )
  bcpeterson727 | Dec 4, 2019 |
Certainly not his best. ( )
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
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His first novel, Don DeLillo's Americanapassionately articulates the neurotic landscape of contemporary American life through a disintegrating embodiment of the American dream.Prosperous, good-looking and empty inside, 28-year-old advertising executive David Bell appears on the surface to have everything. But he is a man on the brink of losing his sanity. Trapped in a Manhattan office with soulless sycophants as his only company, he makes an abrupt decision to leave New York for America's mid-west. His plan- to film the small-town lives of ordinary people and make contact with the true heart of his homeland. But as Bell puts his films together in his hotel room, he grows increasingly convinced that there is no heart to find. Modern America has become a land that has reached the end of its reel...Don DeLillo (b.1936) was born and raised in New York City. Americana(1971), his first novel, announced the arrival of a major literary talent, and the novels that followed confirmed his reputation as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in late-twentieth-century American fiction. DeLillo's comic gifts come to the fore in White Noise(1985), which won the National Book Award, Underworld (1997), hailed by Martin Amis as 'the ascension of a great writer', Cosmopolis (2003), adapted into a film by David Cronenberg, due to be released later this year, and Falling Man(2007), a novel about the aftereffects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.If you enjoyed Americana, you might like DeLillo's Libra, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'He's a writer who, once you read him, makes you want to read everything he's done'Martin Amis, Sunday Times'Witty, clever and incisive ... a marvellously realized plot'Time Out'Nearly every sentence of Americanarings true ... DeLillo is a man of frightening perception'Joyce Carol Oates

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