Not sure what to think of this one! This was a very short novel written in dense, sometimes impenetrable prose. I didn't really care too much for the characters and whether or not "Mr. Tuttle" was real, imagined, or Rey reincarnate. Overall, for a short novel, too many words and not enough plot.
I liked this book for the very reason that the author's writing caused me to stretch my concept of reality and shape it around a different setting.
This was interesting, although I wouldn't call it the "profoundly moving" novel that the cover review claims. Lauren was a very interesting character though.
This novel tells the story of an artist in the days following the suicide of her husband. Finishing out the lease of a rented house on the coast, Lauren discovers a mysterious man in the upstairs bedroom who verbatim can repeat conversations she and her husband had before his death. He does not seem to know his own name or where he came from. Is he real or a figment of her imagination? The book is a short 125 pages but illustrates the eerie and disturbing symbolisms in life.
Spare and haunting from master novelist DeLillo.
This is a very quick read, but one that sticks for awhile. This was my first DeLillo and while I don't feel like I always "got" it, the feeling of the book is remarkable.
I enjoyed this book by Don DeLillo very much. His use of language is amazing. I would say that this is not his best book but to me it is a memorable book. The story captures the search of someone to come to term with the loss of a loved one. This book will make you think, and keeps you wondering about it long after you're done reading it. Readers may be disappointed with the lack of plot and resolution, but others will be delighted with DeLillo's testing of the boundaries of fiction.
2 cassettes, 3 hours, unabridged
Abridged - 2 cassettes - 3 hours
Read by Laurie Anderson
mint first edition hardcover