Underworld

Underworld

Book - 2003
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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
0684848155
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."

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gmbc1944
Aug 30, 2018

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

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avocadotree
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.

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ohialehuadef
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!

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Cabby
Dec 05, 2007

Finalist 1998 Pulitzer prize.

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