It is a stunningly eventful day in the life of Eric Packer, a multi billionaire who has recently married the heiress of a vast European fortune A violent protest is being staged by anti globalist groups and Eric fears that he may be a target He is the target, but not by the protestors.
Cosmopolis It is a stunningly eventful day in the life of Eric Packer a multi billionaire who has recently married the heiress of a vast European fortune A violent protest is being staged by anti globalist grou
Pre Film ReviewI re read this novel, before seeing David Cronenberg s film see Post 21.SPOILERSThis review reveals what I think about the fate of the protagonist at the end of the novel.My views are based on my interpretation of material that starts at page 55 of the 209 page novel.If this material or my interpretation is incorrect, then the novel leaves you hanging at the end.As my views on the novel as a whole depend on an interpretation of the protagonist s fate, please don t read my review i [...]
I should have known I read Falling Man and found it impenetrable at first and only slightly less so when I managed to finish it at the third attempt Maybe Cosmopolis is very clever if it is it s way too clever for me I did stick with it it s only a short tale in the hope all would become clear It never really did The core theme is simple enough man with everything really has nothing but I just could t identify with the main character and, worst of all, the words just didn t knit together for me. [...]
As eerie, weird, morbid, yet concise as writers go, Don De Lillo takes the cake In White Noise , people go a lil crazy after a chemical spill makes an OCD person s otherwise superdirty world into a superdooperdirty world There are waves of radiation everywhere, as the world becomes infiltrated by lil parasites.In Cosmopolis , the Y2K scare is meshed with American Psycho Eric is a multimillionaire billionaire who can control the American Stock Market via a gadgeted limo Far out But he ignores wha [...]
Sorry but this was for me below par for DeLillo s standards, which I have to say on the whole are remarkably good Felt like a second rate Bret Easton Ellis, detached, cold and Narcissistic, infused with a surreal and nightmarish tone The story is set on the corrosive and packed streets of Manhattan gripped by a state of paranoia and tension, and the comfy confinements of a billionaires stretch limo, this is basically one man s odyssey to get a haircut while the world outside his windows seems to [...]
Che Ambientato nell anno 2000.Un giovane uomo ricchissimo e ben addentro nelle stanze del potere attraversa su un iperaccessoriata limousine, in una caotica giornata di traffico, la metropoli per andare a farsi un taglio di capelli Durante questo viaggio, dilatato nelle lunghe ore di percorso, accade di tutto, dalla buffonata alla tragedia.Nel libro di Don DeLillo, molto bello stilisticamente e piuttosto noioso, c una rappresentazione inquietante ed implicitamente parecchio critica della realt a [...]
The Problem of Language It was a matter of silences, not words There are those who indict DeLillo on charges of criminal literary laziness, but I would submit that actually, what he possesses is an immense understanding of the limitations inherent in language as a mode of expression, and while perhaps superficially a little ironic, I would also submit that it is a crucial thing on which to have a grasp, as a practitioner of the written word As evidenced by the overall pithiness, refusal to go in [...]
It s a weird and complicated novel Absolutely not something I would normally read It reminds me of the literary books I had to read for my High school graduation exams So why torture myself and read it Well, in May 2011 David Cronenberg will start filming the movie based on this novel that will be released somewhere in 2012 The very talented Robert Pattinson who I adore will play the role of Eric Packer, a newly wed financial wizard and billionaire, who drives through town New York in his limo t [...]
This is book number eight on my journey to read everything written by Don DeLillo I have not yet read his famous works, Libra and White Noise, though I m kind of saving them because in a way, I know it s probably going to be down hill from there That is to say, Underworld, Libra, and White Noise are probably his best work So I m jumping around them Well, I did read Underworld, but I will probably end up re reading that one Everyone seems to either hate Cosmopolis or just appreciate it for its s [...]
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Music Moby First Cool Hive Porcelain I didn t get the book when I first attempted to read it I feel one benefits from seeing the movie of this book first the book only opened to me after seeing it If you get the movie, this should also go easier there s a little stuff in the book that s not on the film, but that makes the film flow better April 2000 We follow the one day disintegration of a 28 year old billionaire asset man, Eric Packer, who decides that morning to take a ride in his stretch li [...]
If this is your first DeLillo, back away slowly and pick up a copy of White Noise or maybe the The Body Artist instead Unless you re breathless with anticipation to hear Robert Pattinson mutter the words I want to bottle fuck you slowly with my sunglasses on while he submits to a prostate exam in crosstown traffic In that casewell, carry on Cosmopolis reads as cultural theory critique than novel, with exaggerated but vacant characters and implausible setpieces that are really no than conduits [...]
I m not completely sure what existential angst is, but I am pretty certain this book gave me it And nightmares And it made me laugh out loud in places too, and some of the language stopped me in my tracks mostly in a good way This was horribly compelling, utterly terrifying and unfortunately rang an awful lot of bells In many ways it was picaresque a sort of modern day Tom Jones journey through Manhatten, or maybe like Alice Through the Looking Glass meets Bonfire of the Vanities What was so aw [...]
This week I have read two Don DeLillo books this one and White Noise, which thus far I have been too lazy to review This may be regarded as a strange turn of events as after reading The Body Artist my first foray into Don s world , I had already bitterly sworn not to pick up another of his books Anyway for one reason and another causality Don DeLillo books on sale for 2 each in HMV here we are and I ve read two of his books with Underworld sitting, brooding darkly on my to be read shelf If you [...]
Listened to this on audio during the commute and found the reader s voice really grating Main character Creepy and hateful, but not in a provocative way More annoying I don t generally enjoy reading or listening to lengthy soliloquies that are just excuses for phrases random analogies or waxing on life s headier ponderances Sounded forced, not ophical insert prefix of choice I wanted to perpetrate violence by the end of this story time, and I don t mean riotous life affirming violence but just c [...]
Cosmopolis is a really morbid and eerie novel, but I really enjoyed it all the same for the author s talent at capturing some of the common fears of postmodern America.
Ladies and Gentlemen and you multitude of the Landless This review would be properly tagged shelved filmed by myself, but seeing as how I did also read this book and maybe I ll add a second edition for a second review when I bother to reread the book ButI finally did see the Cronenberg attempt on DeLillo last night much delayed, I don t get out to houses of movies often and netfilx recently allowed it to stream, pre paid, into my clearly not limousine shaped abode And, quite true, I don t write [...]
Strangely this novel has received many negative reviews Most of them compare this book against other Delillo works and feel it falls below his usual standard of excellence in prose Having only read one, at this point, my view is very different The novel is based on a day in the life of its main character, Eric Packer, a 28 year old brilliant Wall Street currency trader who has made billions of dollars anticipating the market trends of worldwide currency Not unlike Joyce s, Ulysses and Woolf s Mr [...]
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Somethings are never easy Like reading a book because it got great reviews but then turn out to be mediocre That is what happened with Don Delillo s Cosmopolis.The entire book describes a day in the life or Eric, an 28 year old billionaire, who is cynic and has his mind on two things sex and money.I can understand why it was a big deal when it was published and why it was adapted into a movie but I failed to see the point We are materialistic and consumed by technology Our lives evolve around ou [...]
Cosmopolis has certainly received an unfair amount of criticism I mean, you should know going into this book if you are of the 99% who read the blurbs before reading the books that nearly all of the action takes place in one limo in a single day don t expect the story to follow a typical narrative arc Not only is it not supposed to, but this book wouldn t work that way It functions mainly on dialogue, and damn what beautiful dialogue it is.This book is about the details, the why, the symbols, th [...]
I really enjoyed this book, enjoyed it in ways that I rarely enjoy novels It is a couple of years since I read it and so I can only leave you with the impressions of it that have lasted This is a book about the world that has built up around us and how even those who we might be excused for thinking understand that world we might perhaps even be tempted to claim they have built that world actually are as much acted upon and victims of it as we are.The best summary I could give of this book is th [...]
Althought set in April of 2000, the novel Cosmopolis cosmicty the story has a very spaceship glow to it the gadgetry the narrator describes in Ellisian detaile rocketship limo, the android guards with names likeke Torvale voice activated weaponry seems a prophecy of here and now or, yes, even six months in the future than a satire of pre 9 11 excesses that, well, kind of got us into the whole 9 11 fix.Eric Packer speaks in enigmaticisms beautiful enigmaticisms and his calls are often answered w [...]
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White Noise was the greatest thing I ve ever read, but every Delillo since has been a lukewarm glass of mehmonade.
For me, the slightest of the novels of DeLillo s that I ve read and I am not talking about length , and also the most disappointing, despite the compulsively readable prose Here s why One could read Cosmopolis as the logical outcome of what I would call the economic sublime that Fredric Jameson begins to outline in his influential Postmodernism The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, where Capitalism is an inevitable, all pervading, almost naturalized force that colonizes every corner of the life [...]
I was hoping by page 24 that the protagonist of this novel would be dragged from his limousine and beaten by children with Tickle Me Elmo dolls loaded with bricks And then we would never hear from him again But that ain t what happened Unfortunately A terrible novel by a great writer.
People think about who they are in the stillest hour of the night I carry this thought, the child smystery and terror of this thought, I feel this immensity in my soul every second of my life.
This is my second attempt with Don DeLillo, the first being last year s The Body Artist, and having read Cosmopolis, I still don t know what all the fuss is about this guy Maybe it s an East Coaster thing, for the guy just doesn t impress me much He s the kind of author who attempts to use long words, complex run on sentence, and go off on long and boring tangents which really have no bearing on the novel, and any real meaning or truth to offer the reader.Cosmopolis is about a really rich guy wh [...]
Dellilo s New York limo ride flows well enough through the first half of the book The premise allows itself to open an array of bizzare situations a billionaire twenty something want to ride in his suped up stretch limo to get a haircut On the way he has encounters with lovers, ex lovers, and advisors in matters of technology, finance, security, and theory Dellilo s prose is highly restrained with limited, but rich descriptions of neighborhoods that unfold through the eyes of billionaire Eric Th [...]
What Huh Okay These are not indications of confusion I completely absorbed Cosmopolis and experienced every facet of the near novella Given that, I must question the entire purpose of this piece It certainly provides an ample enough lens for American excess, disaffection, and dislocation but I m not sure it goes anywhere beyond the image of this particular portrayal.I need a haircut too but unlike the rich, I either cut it myself or drive the 1.2 miles to a Hair Cuttery and make it happen.