Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award "One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Bill's dangerous passage leaves two people stranded: his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange young woman who is Scott's lover-and Bill's
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by Don DeLillo
"Don DeLillo is a novelist of ideas, and Mao II is satisfyingly stacked with them, narrative building blocks of notions about identity, celebrity, alienation, love, terror, and the writing life. The characters are eccentric but persuasive, especially the central and most difficult character, Bill Gray, a famous and famously reclusive writer whose inability to finish his novel has created a private crisis that works to force him out of hiding. Michael Prichard's voice has an odd quacking timbre, but he reads with intelligence and understanding, a very good match for this cool, hard, masculine material. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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