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Underworld

Don DeLillo

Our lives, our half century. Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence. Don DeLillo's mesmerizing novel opens with a legendary baseball game played in New York in 1951. The glorious outcome -- the home run that wins the game is called the Shot Heard Round the World -- shades into the grim news that the Soviet Union has just tested an atomic bomb. The baseball itself, fought over and scuffed, generates the narrative that follows. It takes the reader deeply into the lives of Nick and Klara and into modern memory and the soul of American culture -- from Bronx tenements to grand ballrooms to a B-52 bombing raid over Vietnam. A generation's master spirits come and go. Lennny Bruce cracking desperate jokes, Mick Jagger with his devil strut, J. Edgar Hoover in a sexy leather mask. And flashing in the margins of ordinary life are the curiously connectecd materials of the culture. Condoms, bombs, Chevy Bel Airs and miracle sites on the Web. Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times -- Don DeLillo's greatest and most powerful work of fiction.

Our lives, our half century. Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence. Don DeLillo's mesmerizing novel opens with a legendary baseball game played in New York in 1951. The glorious outcome -- the home run that wins the game is called the Shot Heard Round the World -- shades into the grim news that the Soviet Union has just tested an atomic bomb. The baseball itself, fought over and scuffed, generates the narrative that follows. It takes the reader deeply into the lives of Nick and Klara and into modern memory and the soul of American culture -- from Bronx tenements to grand ballrooms to a B-52 bombing raid over Vietnam. A generation's master spirits come and go. Lennny Bruce cracking desperate jokes, Mick Jagger with his devil strut, J. Edgar Hoover in a sexy leather mask. And flashing in the margins of ordinary life are the curiously connectecd materials of the culture. Condoms, bombs, Chevy Bel Airs and miracle sites on the Web. Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times -- Don DeLillo's greatest and most powerful work of fiction.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Our lives, our half century. Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence. Don DeLillo's mesmerizing novel opens with a legendary baseball game played in New York in 1951. The glorious outcome -- the home run that wins the game is called the Shot Heard Round the World -- shades into the grim news that the Soviet Union has just tested an atomic bomb. The baseball itself, fought over and scuffed, generates the narrative that follows. It takes the reader deeply into the lives of Nick and Klara and into modern memory and the soul of American culture -- from Bronx tenements to grand ballrooms to a B-52 bombing raid over Vietnam. A generation's master spirits come and go. Lennny Bruce cracking desperate jokes, Mick Jagger with his devil strut, J. Edgar Hoover in a sexy leather mask. And flashing in the margins of ordinary life are the curiously connectecd materials of the culture. Condoms, bombs, Chevy Bel Airs and miracle sites on the Web. Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times -- Don DeLillo's greatest and most powerful work of fiction.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Poe

Length:

31h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

41:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

43:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

39:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

57:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

47:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

38:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

37:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

36:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

49:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

47:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

43:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

37:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

36:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

52:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

58:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

56:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

37:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

33:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

28:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

55:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

43:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

59:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

38:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

49:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

51:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

36:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

57:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

24:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

32:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

41:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

27:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

21:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

39:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

22:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

57:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

57:08