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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033052495X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330524957
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Begley "The New York Times Book Review" A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone....Intimate, spare, exquisite.

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Reading the fiction of Don DeLillo is an utterly original experience: powerful, prescient, perceptive. Writing in a prose that is both majestic and muscular, his unerringly accurate vision penetrates deep into the soul of America and consistently leaves readers with a fresh perspective on the world. Since the publication of his first novel, in 1971, he has been acknowledged across the globe as one of the greatest writers of his generation.

The Body Artist begins with normality: breakfast between a married couple, Lauren and Rey, in their ramshackle rented house on the New England coast. Recording their delicate, intimate, half-complete thoughts and words, DeLillo proves himself a stunningly unsentimental observer of our idiosyncratic relationships. But after breakfast, Rey makes a decision that leaves Lauren utterly alone, or seems to.

As Lauren, the body artist of the title, becomes strangely detached from herself and the temporal world, the novel becomes an exploration of a highly abnormal grieving process; a fascinating exposé of ‘who we are when we are not rehearsing who we are’; and a rarefied study of trauma and creativity, absence and presence, isolation and communion.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Archie Stanton on 18 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this short book over three short sittings. The opening didn't really grab my attention as the narrative wandered around lazily describing a woman who's husband had just died. Empty days, rearranging this and that in a big old empty house. But come the third chapter a character appears literally out of nowehere from within this big house. His appearance has the effect of grabbing the woman's attention as well as the reader. The narrative settles down into a slow-burning exploration of loss, presence and being but it isn't really satisfying. It feels like there's nothing happening and you're going nowhere. There are plenty of ambuguities along the way to think about but it is right at the end, when I had finished the book and sat back to reflect on what it all meant that I 'felt' the book [whether it was an intended impression one or not].
To sum up: the journey feels uneventeful but afterwords you realise that it wasn't and this is perhaps on the every personal level.
It's definitely worth a read but you have to see it though to the end; it's only a short book so no problem there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Sloan on 27 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
Don Delillo is clearly a thoughtful writer. Even ordinary, everyday and repetitive situations have a certain wonder attached to them, as in this book 'The Body Artist.' However, since there is only one main character, and everything is seen from her point of view, the language can get a bit repetitive and over-cooked.

The repetitive, over-cooked language is forgivable, but the lack of a real story to justify a short novel format is quite a bit more challenging.

However, even with it's failings, I would recommend this book, based on its language alone, but I wouldn't spend too much money on it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EC Rhind-Tutt on 19 April 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Does with writing what his body artist does - twists, distorts, conceals, reveals, confuses and astounds. A remarkable piece that will stay with me
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