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The Names by [DeLillo, Don]
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‘A serious and complicated novel which deserves praise . . . an outstandingly well-written and constructed book’ Guardian

‘Compelling . . . strange and wonderful and frightening’ New Yorker

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A thriller, a mystery, and still a moving examination of family, loss and the amorphous and magical potential of language itself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679722955
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (19 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4UATY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read this in the Eighties only a few years after it came out and remembered enjoying it but not having a clue what was going on. After rereading it, I’m still not much clearer. James the narrator is a risk analyst for a US multinational, based in Athens but travelling throughout the Near East. In Athens, he hangs out with a mixed group of similar friends. His own wife and son are on a Greek island, where his wife, who’s separated from him, is working as a volunteer on an archaeological dig. James sees the world that he moves through as exotic/alien, anti-American, and filled with plotting and violence. Even locally, on the Greek island, there is a strange sect who appear to murder people more or less at random, or as part of some obscure naming ritual.

The novel seems to be thematic rather than plot-based; there’s a lot of stuff about language and writing, and about terrorism. There’s some witty dialogue (though everyone sounds pretty similar) and fine location descriptions, and James came over as likeable and concerned, albeit confused. But I’ve not yet found another DeLillo anywhere near as enjoyable as ‘White Noise’. Any suggestions?
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A stunning piece of writing. DeLillo takes on the weighty topics of language, culture, history and society and somehow comes up with a fascinating thriller. His dry, perfectly phrased sentences are surprisingly funny and a joy to read. Best living American author?
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By ufuk on 10 Dec. 2014
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I met Delillo through "the names": one of the best books I have ever read.
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DeLillo is the patient archeologist, brushing away the dust to reveal a rich and intertextual narrative which explores the landscapes of history, philosophy, morality and religion. Yet in all this the author reserves the right not to judge his characters, but to observe and contextualise; the upshot being a thickening in the sauce of the stories mysteries and a deepening of focus away from plot, to character, subtext and setting. With the precision of a brain surgeon (where so many authors are gynecologists) DeLillo dissects the souls of his characters in all their complexity and absurdity. Like the ancient alphabets which the story deals with, DeLillo has carved a haunting mythology which will outlive us all. The Names is a historical lament for our time which will continue to be read in a far away future.
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