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Thread: The body Artist by Don DeLillo

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    The body Artist by Don DeLillo

    The body artist by Don DeLillo

    Lauren, a body artist, loses her older husband and deals with his death with the help of a stranger, or a ghost, who can mimic voices and past discussions as if he has recorded them in his mind and can play them back. At first itís not understood who this stranger is, called Mr Tuttle by Lauren: was he hiding in their huge house and listening in to the coupleís talks, like a stalker would do? Or does he not even exist?

    Although I thought that the central theme was Laurenís peculiar way of trying to keep her husbandís memory alive through the strangerís sudden outbursts of fragmented and eerily familiar sentences belonging to other people (like a sort of communicator with the dead), in the end itís actually time that is the focus in this book.
    Time, which we can measure, but which we can also stretch, by making it seem longer, by looking very closely at the details. As Lauren says in the book:

    ''Stop time, or stretch it out, or open it up. Make a still life that's living, not paintedĒ


    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

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    I thought this novel was rubbish. It's the only Delillo book I've read and didn't really encourage me to check out more of his stuff.
    "And the worms, they will climb
    The rugged ladder of your spine"

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    i got through a couple of chapters of White Noise before it hit the trash.

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    His best book is Libra, a fictional treatment of the JFK assassination. Generally, DeLillo does interesting things with historical characters, but isn't much for inventing his own.

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    Love the book. thread bump 8 years

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    Try "Ratner's Star"--his favorite and mine. His major-major work is "Underworld" which has some historical events playing in the background, but not a major feature of the Guardian's placement on its 100 best novels list. Then there is "White Noise," placed by Google as his most popular, which describes the evects on a college town of a wholly invented major spill of a mysterious toxic agent. There is plenty of wildly imaginative stuff in DeLillo. Enjoy!

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    Don't you think people should make some effort to give reasons for their reactions?
    Last edited by Rwconner; 08-27-2017 at 06:06 PM.

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    Very nice this one specially... Looking forward sir

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