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This book is like Muzac, in the best-possible sense.  DeLillo hasn't really written a novel--there's hardly any plot or narrative line--he's tried to capture the mood of the Cold War.  Taken purely on that level, Underworld is a marvel.  In years to come when historians want to understand the malaise that Reagan ended, they could do worse than turn to this book to recapture the angst of America in the past half-century.

The opening prologue, set during the Miracle at Coogan's Bluff, is remarkable.  Among those in attendance as Bobby Thomson hits his homerun are Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Toots Shor & Jackie Gleason.  DeLillo does a brilliant job of intertwining numerous story lines with the actual events of the game.  This set piece is worth reading by itself, even if the rest of the book does not measure


Grade: (C+)


See also:

Don DeLillo (2 books reviewed)
General Literature
Don DeLillo Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Don DeLillo
-ESSAY: Terminal Lucidity:: Ways of Seeing and Thinking About Don DeLillo’s Late Style (Cobi Powell, 4/19/24, Cleveland Review of Books)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: Secret Histories: Don DeLillo’s Cold War. (SIDDHARTHA DEB, 6/26/23, The Nation)
    -INFO: Game 6 (IMDB)
    -WIKIPEDIA: Game 6
    -SCRIPT: Game 6 by Don DeLillo (The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb)
    -SHORT STORY: Still-Life (Don DeLillo, April 9, 2007, The New Yorker)
    -ESSAY: Total Loss Weekend: Action is his passion. It is Saturday noon and his bets are down on contests coast to coast. With the blinds drawn, two televisions tuned and a radio fitfully broadcasting game scores, the tense vigil begins (Don DeLillo, November 27, 1972, Sports Illustrated)
    -INTERVIEW: For the Love of Game 6: An Interview with the Cast and Director (David Dylan Thomas, Mar 10, 2006, BlogCritics)
    -INTERVIEW: Don DeLillo: The quiet American: Don DeLillo is one of the biggest noises in US literature, but the man behind the masterpieces shuns the limelight. (John Freeman, 21 April 2006, Independent)
    -INTERVIEW: WISE GUY: DON DELILLO: The novelist on baseball, technology, and how French philosophy has infected the White House. (Kevin Gray, April 2006, Men Style)
    -INTERVIEW: Q&A: Don DeLillo: It's not as easy as it looks: DeLillo talks about writing plays, watching sports and movies, and defining love and death (John Freeman, March 5, 2006, SF Chronicle)
    -PROFILE: And quiet goes the Don: Don DeLillo started out as a parking attendant; now he is being hailed as the author of the Great American Novel and labours days over one sentence. What does he think of his fame? (Helena de Bertodano, 13 May 2003, Daily Telegraph)
    -INTERVIEW: Mark Osteen on the apocalyptic satire and historical panorama of Don DeLillo (Library of America, 3/30/23)
    -ESSAY: Don DeLillo and Ray Bradbury – the strange solace of dystopian speculation: Book reviews: Two great American authors with a prescient approach to writing (NJ McGarrigle, January 08 2023, Independent ie)
    -ESSAY: The Netflix-Don DeLillo romance continues with Underworld (Dan Sheehan, September 14, 2021, LitHub)
    -LECTURE: (Re)Reading Don DeLillo In Dark Times (Andrea Scrima, 1/18/21, 3Quarks)
    -ESSAY: Postmodernist American Writers and 9/11 (MICHAEL WASHBURN, September 10, 2020, National Review)
    -REVIEW ARCHIVES: For Game 6 (metacritic)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Carina Chocano, LA Times)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Neil Genzlinger, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Leba Hertz, SF Chronicle)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Ed Park, Village Voice)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Allen Barra, NY Sun)
Borrowing an idea from his 2003 novel, "Cosmopolis," Mr. DeLillo has his central character spend most of the story in a taxi stuck in traffic. The device worked on the printed page, but it makes a film as excruciating as watching your team's middle reliever walk the bases loaded after inheriting a four-run lead. (At one point, someone behind me in the theater hissed, "Why the hell doesn't he just get out and walk?")

    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Nick Schager, Slant)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
In terms of demographic appeal, "Game 6" has an uncommonly narrow strike zone: literary-minded Red Sox fanatics who recall with awful clarity exactly where they were on the night of Oct. 25, 1986. Within those limits, though, it's an inside-the-park home run -- a small, lovingly overwritten comic drama about fate, failure, and primal longing. To put it in words a Sox fan would understand, the movie hurts good.

    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Peter Rainer, CS Monitor)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Mark Asch, The L Magazine)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Harry Forbes, Catholic News Service)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Ron Wilkinson, Monsters & Critics)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Robert Denerstein, Rocky Mountain News)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Elisabeth Donnelly, Tribeca Film)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (Lance Mannion, New Critics)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 (D. L. Groover, Houston Press)
    -REVIEW: of Game 6 ()
    -GOOGLE BOOK: Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
    -EXCERPT: from Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo (John Updike, The New Yorker)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (James Wood, New Republic)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Graham Caveney, Independent)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Walter Kirn, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Robert L. McLaughlin, Review of Contemporary Fiction)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Rob Walker, Washington Post)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Richard C. Walls, Detroit Metro Times)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Kyle Minor, Antioch Review)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (ROBERT WEIBEZAHL, BookPage)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Kate Morrison, Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (George Walden, Daily Telegraph)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Laurence Daw, The Modern Word)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (Rob Cline, Bookreporter)
    -REVIEW ARCHIVES: for Cosmopolis (Reviews of Books)
    -REVIEW: of Cosmopolis (John Updike, The New Yorker)
    -REVIEW: of The Falling Man by Don DeLillo (Frank Rich, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Falling Man (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of Falling Man (Adam Mars-Jones, The Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of Falling Man (John Crace, The Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of The Silence by Don DeLillo (Anne Enright, The Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of The Silence (Nic Rowan, American Conservative)
    -REVIEW: of The Silence (Jake Nevins, The New Yorker)
    -REVIEW: of
-ESSAY: Don DeLillo ‘Comes Home’ “Game 6” and “Underworld” (Tom Verso, April 7, 2008, I-Italy)
    -ESSAY: “The Trivia Is Exceptional”: The Making and Disappearance of Don DeLillo’s ‘Game 6’: The novelist’s only screenplay turned the 1986 World Series into a backdrop for an unusual comedy about anxiety, failure, and fandom—but a rough release doomed it to obscurity (Ross Scarano Jul 6, 2020, The Ringer)
    -ESSAY: Noah Baumbach’s Expiration Date (Nicky Smith, 1/02/23, Splice Today)
    -ESSAY: An Introduction to ‘White Noise,’ Don DeLillo’s Defining and Unfilmable Novel: The postmodern masterpiece has been long and widely regarded as impossible to adapt, but Noah Baumbach, equipped with renewed timeliness and a Netflix budget, is putting that to the test (Ross Scarano Nov 23, 2022, The Ringer)
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise (A.C. Koch, Spectrum)
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise (Robert Potts, TLS)
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise (Andrew Nayman, The Ringer)
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise (Olivia Rutigliano, LitHub)
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise (John Powers, Fresh Air)
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise (Andrew Dix, The Conversation)
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    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise
    -FILM REVIEW: White Noise

Book-related and General Links:
    -Don DeLillo's America
    -Don DeLillo Website
    -FEATURED AUTHOR: NY Times Book Review
    -ESSAY : The Power of History (Don DeLillo, NY Times Magazine)
    -PROFILE : Don DeLillo :  America's premier novelist of ideas has long anticipated a world in which spectacle and terror would achieve totemic significance in our everyday lives. (Jeffrey MacIntyre, Salon)
    -LINKS : UNDERWORLD Media Watch
    -Don DeLillo: Underworld -- Read an interview, bio and backlist (Publishers Weekly)
    -INTERVIEW: The American Strangeness: An Interview with Don DeLillo
by Gerald Howard
    -PROFILE : Endpaper (Michael Berube, Center for Book Culture)
    -ESSAY : The Last Don  :  Don DeLillo weighs in on September 11 and comes up short. (David Skinner, 11/26/200, Weekly Standard)
    -ESSAY: Culture, History and Consciousness in DeLillo*s White Noise : The Aesthetics of Cyberspace  (William S. Haney II, Journal of American Studies of Turkey)
    -DIALOGUE : Dissecting The Body Artist : Keith Gessen and Sam Lipsyte discuss the new DeLillo (FEED)
    -REVIEW : of Underworld by Don DeLillo (Martin Amis, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW:  Visions of the American Beserk  (Paul Gediman, Boston Review)
    -REVIEW: Waste Management (Daniel J. Silver, Commentary)
    -REVIEW: of Underworld  Bubbling Under (Gary Marshall , Spike)
    -REVIEW: An Underhistory of Mid-Century America Underworld, by Don DeLillo (Tom LeClair, The Atlantic)
    -REVIEW: of Underworld  How the waste was won: Don DeLillo's brilliant epic novel Underworld compacts the 20th century (Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix)
    -REVIEW : of American Pastoral by Philip Roth & Underworld by Don DeLillo (Paul Gediman, Boston Review)
    -REVIEW : of Underworld (Peter Craven, The Age)
    -ESSAY : Don DeLillo's Bum Luck : The novelist's low status in an age of cultural proliferation. (Nick Gillespie, Reason)
    -REVIEW : of The Body Artist by Don DeLillo (Tim Adams , ZA Play)
    -REVIEW : of The Body Artist (Ben Ehrenreich, LA Weekly)