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Underworld: A Novel

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Don DeLillo

While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples, DeLillo offers a stunning, at times overwhelming, document of the twin forces of the cold war and American culture, compelling that "swerve … see full wiki

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Author: Don DeLillo
Publisher: Scribner
2 reviews about Underworld: A Novel
review by . July 02, 2011
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When I was reading “Underworld” by Don DeLillo (1997), someone asked what it was about. I said, “it’s about a baseball.” I got a look of mild annoyance and disbelief – after all, the book is 827 pages long. Specifically, it’s about the baseball thrown by Ralph Branca and hit into the left field stands by Bobby Thompson at the Polo Grounds on October 3, 1951 to give the New York Giants the pennant that year over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Personally, I was in …
review by . June 13, 2008
This took me two weeks, and I wondered if it'd be worth the effort. The heft of the book had discouraged me before, but the beginning bravura panorama of the Polo Grounds game and the closing pages with a less ostentatious, but surprisingly thought-provoking scene also in a New York where crowds gather for another miracle does manage to bookend this massive work satisfactorily. The challenges lie in what comes between, seven hundred pages of characters who you constantly shuffle among, unsure often …
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