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because I haven't read any others.
I've been meaning to read White Noise..might buy it tonight. Foyles is the greatest shop.
reminded me that's on my list.
After the baseball ground description, which was amazing, it all got very boring. I may give it another go sometime as I've still got the book.
his prose is simultaneously amazing and also a bit like wading through treacle, and not much is happening. I really ought to give it another concerted effort soon but I've got so much else I want to read.
Underworld is just full of delicious treats and ideas on every page, but it just doesn't manage to hold my attention in any way, shape or form. It's like he was writing a book that was specifically designed to frustrate the reader.
2) White Noise
3) The Names
Underworld is just incredible, a sprawling modern day epic about waste/ consuption/ society/ sport. The dialogue is awesome, the characters well developed and the general vastness of America perfectly captured.
It's a bit of a mission though, so if you'v not got much time to spare just get white noise, it's more readable, funnier + it has one of my favourite opening passages ever
I have libra on my desk at the moment, have been meaning to read it for a while...
and that was years ago but I remember really enjoying it. I bought Underworld but could never really get into it. I think after about 100 pages I just put it down as I couldn't be bothered to wade through it all.
I saw a band reviewed on here the other day called 'The Airborne Toxic Event'
but i'm not sure i understood it. i will read it again, this year
i think there are about a 1000 copies of 'Libra' in the nation's second-hand bookshops
The only other one of his I've read is Falling Man, which was good but didn't grab me that much.
I studied this book in the run up to Christmas and I really enjoyed it more than I was expecting. Good set of characters and though there are a few holes in the storyline they don't really get in the way unless you have to write about it. I havn't read White Noise though so I couldn't compare.
Are you at Sheffield? Loved it but nearly everyone else in my seminar group hated it. I'm currently reading White Noise which is brilliant and I've bought Falling Man and Americana to read after that.
It was part of a postmodern American fictions module. What was yours for?
sounds like a good module. Mine was Terrorism and Modern Literature, was really interesting.
because it's been so long since I read 'White Noise'. And because it's really good.
And to be different, natch.