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At 28, David Bell is the American dream come true. He has fought his way to the top, surviving office purges and scandals to become a top television executive. David's world is made up of the images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that enthrall America's imagination. And then the dream became a nightmare. At the height of his success, David sets out to rediscover reality.

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"This first novel is peopled with characters alienated not only from one another, but from themselves. It has the smell of staleness and despair. It is also, with its deadly accurate observations, its veracious dialogue, and its consistency of view, brilliantly written." Publishers Weekly

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"Nearly every second of Americana rings true, and insisted upon the authenticity becomes stereotypes....DeLillo is a man of frightened perception." Joyce Carol Oates

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"The language soars in depth, under them parts a great deal." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

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"Don DeLillo's swift, ironic, witty cross-country American nightmare doesn't have a dull or unoriginal line." Nelson Algren, Rolling Stone

Synopsis:

At twenty-eight, David Bell is the American Dream come true. He has fought his way to the top, surviving office purges and scandals tobecome a top television executive. David's world is made up of the images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that enthrall America's imagination.

And the the dream--and the dream-making--become a nightmare. At the height of his success, David sets out to rediscover reality. Camera in hand, he journeys across the country in a mad and moving attempt to capture, to impose a pattern on his own, and America's past, present, and future.

About the Author

Don DeLillo published his first short story when he was twenty-three years old. He has since written twelve novels, including White Noise (1985) which won the National Book Award. It was followed by Libra (1988), his novel about the assassination of President Kennedy, and by Mao II, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

In 1997, he published the bestselling Underworld, and in 1999 he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, given to a writer whose work expresses the theme of the freedom of the individual in society; he was the first American author to receive it. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140119480
Author:
DeLillo, Don
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction
Series Volume:
v. 136, art. 15
Publication Date:
19890731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.77x5.04x.73 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140119480 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This first novel is peopled with characters alienated not only from one another, but from themselves. It has the smell of staleness and despair. It is also, with its deadly accurate observations, its veracious dialogue, and its consistency of view, brilliantly written."
"Review" by , "Nearly every second of Americana rings true, and insisted upon the authenticity becomes stereotypes....DeLillo is a man of frightened perception."
"Review" by , "The language soars in depth, under them parts a great deal."
"Review" by , "Don DeLillo's swift, ironic, witty cross-country American nightmare doesn't have a dull or unoriginal line."
"Synopsis" by ,
At twenty-eight, David Bell is the American Dream come true. He has fought his way to the top, surviving office purges and scandals tobecome a top television executive. David's world is made up of the images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that enthrall America's imagination.

And the the dream--and the dream-making--become a nightmare. At the height of his success, David sets out to rediscover reality. Camera in hand, he journeys across the country in a mad and moving attempt to capture, to impose a pattern on his own, and America's past, present, and future.

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