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Libra (Contemporary American Fiction)

4 Ratings: 1.3
A book by Don DeLillo

DeLillo's ninth novel takes its title from Lee Harvey Oswald's zodiac sign, the sign of "balance." And, as in all his fiction ( Running Dog , The Names , White Noise ), DeLillo's perfectly realized aim is to balance plot, theme and structure so that … see full wiki

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Author: Don DeLillo
Publisher: Penguin
3 reviews about Libra (Contemporary American Fiction)
review by . August 05, 2010
Fictionalized accounts of historic events, particularly recent ones, make me suspicious. Any author might write a book set during an actual event, of course, but authors who set out to tell a tale about that same event give themselves a whole set of challenges that strike me as unnecessary at best. Just how fictionalized is the story to be? How closely must it stick to historical fact before it becomes nonfiction? What does the fictional element add - that is, why bother to fictionalize it at all? …
review by . November 27, 2003
Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman lashing out at his solitude and failure. Oswald was the patsy in a vast conspiracy to advance shadowy aims.Sailors of the ocean of literature published about November 22, 1963 can expect either one or the other of the above takes on what happened that fateful afternoon in Dallas. It's become almost a window into what you really are as a person, what you believe to be the true facts of the crime.The first great thing about Don DeLillo's terrific novel "Libra" is …
review by . July 23, 2002
"Libra," is an elegantly written book that took me as deeply into the mind of Lee Harvey Oswald as I care to go, and by so doing allowed me to feel some compassion for a character (at least in this fictional version) I've likened more to a weasel than a human being. From boyhood to his young adult death Mr. Dellilo's Oswald is a character in search of self who never gets there. He's a shy, stupid, somehow charming boy who should be protected, but whose grandiose delusions would eventually put any …
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