Tistra doBy, September 11, 2009 (view all comments by Tistra doBy)
I enjoyed this short novel by Don DeLillo. The novel is more like a short story. The writing focuses on the nature of time and the inner workings of one's psyche when dealing with grief and loss. The prose is in turns poetic, starkly realist, fantastical and impressionistic.
Cosmopolis, another Don DeLillo novel that, though short in length and much different from The Body Artist, was masterful and a nice departure for the author. Underworld and White Noise, were excellent, but so are The Body Artist and Cosmopolis in their own way.
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Sharon Skinner, June 1, 2008 (view all comments by Sharon Skinner)
I couldn't get past the first few pages, which consisted largely of a chain-of-consciousness-type description of the woman eating cereal and her husband reading the paper. Apparently, not my cup of tea, made stronger by leaving the bag in the water, then lifting it and dunking it, lifting it and dunking it and finally lifting it out of the water and placing it on a plate where the remaining water pools darkly around the edges leaving a stain . . .
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by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
"Dazzling, disturbing, and lyrical."
by Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe,
"Eerie and sometimes discomfiting...DeLillo achieves a creepily hypnotic effect with his stark, probing prose....A glimpse at the desolate landscape that all of us inhabit and where no one else is."
by Joseph Tirella, People,
"A tightly constructed string quartet...[a] spare gem of a novel."
"The work of a masterful writer."
From the award-winning, bestselling author of White Noise and Underworld comes a spare, seductive, novel about marriage, loneliness, and the nature of creativity. Widow Lauren Hardke encounters a strange man possessed of knowledge of her life, and accompanies him on an extraordinary exploration of time, love, and human perception.
“DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
“A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review
“A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle
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