I'm up and down with DeLillo. Libra is a masterpiece to cherish, while White Noise seemed to be rubbish to me. If you pick this one up, you will have a tremendous ride through the dark heart of the American underclass. Oswald is portrayed as a sort of vicious nebbish, while Ruby, his killer, is brought to hysterical life: fawning over the police, incompetently running his strip club while his sanity crumbles. I don't know if the events described are exactly right but they seem that way.
I wasn't born till the eighties but a what a slice of history, conspiracy, assassination. Perhaps soon I will read Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent. Maybe Oswald was an alien robot and Ruby a maverick intergalactic time traveling bounty hunter. Battling extra terrestrial's fighting for domination of world resources. Worker Species and The Aristocracy. Don is freakin' awesome. Spellbinder. Took a whole eight days to read this one. Still nothing I don't love from this guy. He's growing on me like a Kotzwinkle.
A thoroughly enjoyable read and a good way for a beginner to peer into JFK conspiracy theory without being overwhelmed.
I recommend "Libra" to readers who may have failed at other attempts to read Don DeLillo's more well known and less structural novels, and are still wondering what all the fuss is about!
As a child of the sixties, the assassination of John F. Kennedy is still a visceral moment in American history for me. The images from that day are burned into the minds of my generation, documents of madness, loss, and national grief. DeLillo captures our obsession with this moment by drawing us close to the enigmatic but central figure of this drama, Lee Harvey Oswald, with chilling, fascinating results.
DeLillo takes the few facts we know about Oswald and knits them into a haunting and riveting narrative with all the skill of the brilliant writer he is. To draw near to such a lonely, lost character as Oswald is at once satisfying and chilling.
DeLillo brilliantly captures a moment frozen in time and reanimates it for a new generation, as well as those of us still marked by it's tragedy.
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