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A 1950s teenage hood from New York is transformed by the Jesuits into a respectable man, managing hazardous waste. A portrait of the decade from the viewpoint of the garbage industry.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2003, c1997
New York, NY : Scribner, 2003
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭1997
ISBN: 9780684848150
Branch Call Number: FICTION DILILLO
Characteristics: 827 pages ; 20 cm


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" You withhold the deepest things from those who are closest and then talk to a stranger in a numbered room. What's the point of asking why? Guilt later in Phoenix, where I could evade vexing questions in the daily wheel of work./ I was the juniormost fellow with the fixed smile. There was a spirit of generous welcome, the spirit of one-of-us and how-many-kids and let's- have-lunch. I wanted to be bound to the company. I felt complicit with some unspoken function of the corporation. I stayed late and worked weekends. I corrected my foot-drag step. I heard my own voice and saw my smile and earned an office at the end of the hall, where i wore a crisp gray suit and grew stronger by the day."

Aug 30, 2018

Un roman absolument fascinant : une structure narrative des plus envoûtantes.

Jul 23, 2017

Would also make sense if the chapters were read in reverse order. The book feels like it starts at the ending. Deceivingly simple. I was able to keep the characters straight in my head mostly although there is some intricate weaving of characters over a long time-span. It's quite a long read and can get a little vague in some places where chapters are really jumping around but it all feels intentional as part of the story.

Aug 19, 2010

An incredibly lush, dense, breathtaking book - like a movie rolling out in front of your eyes. Jumping from the 1950's to the 1990's - more characters than you can really keep up with without drawing out a 6 degrees of separation map to guide you... Sad and poignant and hopeful... An amazing read!

Dec 05, 2007

Finalist 1998 Pulitzer prize.


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