Writers: Don DeLillo

  • Will Roszczyk

    Utterly abstract and pointless

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    "Cosmopolis", I can probably say with total honesty, is one of the worst books I have ever read. Modernism and post-modernism as theories are confusing enough, but in writing a novel through their conventions, DeLillo managed to not only lose my interest but anger me for wasting my time. Eric Packer, the filthy and arrogant protagonist, lives a life of insane decadence and frivolous behaviour, and as a stock market broker, his often-immature decisions cost thousands, even millions of people money whilst he muses on his own existence in his marble-surfaced limousine. Choosing economy as the basis for a novel, and then packaging it in modernist, abstract rubbish as "Cosmopolis" does, was a bad start, but the book is infuriating throughout. Packer is an unsympathetic character; fine. But his motives, his co-workers and the long diatribes on existence and money are not good narrative choices, and when plot movement does occur, it is positioned within some pseudo-NYC, a place wh..."Cosmopolis", I can probably say with total honesty, is one of the worst books I have ever read. Modernism and post-modernism as theories are confusing enough, but in writing a novel through their conventions, DeLillo managed to not only lose my interest but anger me for wasting my time. Eric Packer, the filthy and arrogant protagonist, lives a life of insane decadence and frivolous behaviour, and as a stock market broker, his often-immature decisions cost thousands, even millions of people money whilst he muses on his own existence in his marble-surfaced limousine. Choosing economy as the basis for a novel, and then packaging it in modernist, abstract rubbish as "Cosmopolis" does, was a bad start, but the book is infuriating throughout. Packer is an unsympathetic character; fine. But his motives, his co-workers and the long diatribes on existence and money are not good narrative choices, and when plot movement does occur, it is positioned within some pseudo-NYC, a place where Times Square and Wall Street are bombed, protesters riot and Eric Packer watches from within his limo, oblivious and apathetic. Whilst the book satirises the fat-cats like Packer, and their nonchalance towards others, it is written in such an infuriating style that even if you were motivated enough to get through the plot, annoyance should rightly be felt on completing its asinine narrative. Basically, if you enjoy DeLillo, economy-based novels or modernist satire, you'll love this book. If, like me, you appreciate a book with a good story, one that flows well and entertains, please stay away! (more)

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