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Players In this remarkable novel of menace and mystery Pammy and Lyle Wynant are an attractive modern couple who seem to have it all Yet behind their ideal life is a lingering boredom and quiet desperation w

  • Title: Players
  • Author: Don DeLillo
  • ISBN: 9780099928508
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this remarkable novel of menace and mystery Pammy and Lyle Wynant are an attractive, modern couple who seem to have it all Yet behind their ideal life is a lingering boredom and quiet desperation which leads both of them into separate but equally fatal adventures And still they remain untouched, players indifferent to the violence that surrounds them, and that theIn this remarkable novel of menace and mystery Pammy and Lyle Wynant are an attractive, modern couple who seem to have it all Yet behind their ideal life is a lingering boredom and quiet desperation which leads both of them into separate but equally fatal adventures And still they remain untouched, players indifferent to the violence that surrounds them, and that they have helped to create.

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    1. Over, Under, Outside, InThe more you read both Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, the more it becomes apparent that, for all their similarities, Pynchon defines his world in terms of underground versus over- (or above-)ground, while DeLillo defines his in terms of outside versus inside. They are not big substantive differences, they are more differences of nuance.La Pufferie de L’ÉclairI wonder whether, when the well-meaning literary critic Tom LeClair coined the term "systems novel" (to kicksta [...]

    2. I actually liked this book even less than Falling Man. I felt no affinity to any of the characters and was pretty uninterested in the story. As I have said elsewhere, I found that when DeLillo is on, he is brilliant. When he is off, it is painful to read.

    3. I've read Underworld and White Noise and figured that I understood Delillo -- why people consider him one of teh great American authors. I was not sure if I whole heartedly agreed. And then, in an interview with The Paris Review, Jonathan Franzen mention The Players as possibly Delillo's best work.And, havng read this book I understand much more why people love Delillo. He pushes the edge of the story so that he can further investigate characters. And this book showed a more beautiful, more poet [...]

    4. Nutshell: stop neo-luddite attacks on the stock exchange or else open marriages.Thsi novel is perhaps the master text for the DeLillo cocked-up marriage, structuring all subsequent cocked-up marriages in his writings. Wife, for instance, “found that the nutritive material for their sex life was often provided by others, whoever happened to be present at a party” (70).Couple “traveled to the palest limits of the city, eating in little river warrens near the open approaches to bridges or in [...]

    5. Players is a novel that could have been written last year but was written in 1977. It's set in New York, Maine, and ultimately the outskirts of Toronto. In New York Pam works in the World Trade Center and has premonitions that buildings like this are too tall, fragile, inviting of destruction. Lyle works on Wall Street, where he is present during an office murder and ineffective bombing attempt. Soterrorists. And they invite him into their world, and he is bored and curious enough to accept, tho [...]

    6. If you need clear-cut motivational structures for your literary characters, avoid this book. If, on the other hand, you think that finding oneself in the midst of a situation that carries you, wave-like, is a definitive mode of human existence, you are probably enough of a fan of DeLillo that no caution is necessary. Even so, this is a challenging read, since it does not age so well as Great Jones Street or Endzone. Consider it a stopping point on the way to Mao II, if you like. With a lot of se [...]

    7. Pammy and Lyle are bored. It's not that they have nothing to do, it's that routine is killing them. They want their lives to change; and when that happens, they pay the price.

    8. Now, this here's a story about Lyle and Pammy Wynant. Cute couple, living in New York City. They've been together a long time. It's almost like they have their own language together."Pant, pant.""Out of shape.""Way out of shape," she said. "You wouldn't believe what's inside this body. What a little old dried-up crone. It's down there, hear it? Bang crash, you son of a bitch. I'd like to call someone. Run over a dog, truck, and get shot by its owner, oompty boom.""Right, complain.""Sympathize or [...]

    9. It feels weird to slam DeLillo here for things I'd praise him for elsewhere, since he creates the usual DeLillo world and I know not to hold that vision of society to anyone's terms except his. Yet it's a world I can't take even on its own terms, too divorced, too free of motive or consequence to divest in as anything but a thought experiment. Not as dull as Point Omega or Falling Man, with just the right DeLillo touches in the dialog, but too often my answer to this novel is "who cares?" This g [...]

    10. Early DeLillo novel tapping firmly into the disconnect and paranoia that defines his oeuvre. An affluent, middle-aged couple, discontent in their life of bourgeois comfort, witnesses a terrorist murder which traumatizes and fascinates them. They somehow drift into the perpetrators' orbit and become involved in their activities, more out of boredom than anything. Like much of DeLillo's work the storytelling is opaque nearly to the point of madness, yet its portrait of post-Vietnam, post-Watergate [...]

    11. I kinda wanted to put this book on my fantasy shelf because it was so far fetched. American Psycho is a similar book (Wall Street in late 80s-early 90s) with similar themes (the trouble that the young, rich, white folk can get up to in order to pacify their boredom), but was much better done. The opening "scene" (I say "scene" because it was more like a dream sequence) was almost retro-train yet simultaneously futuristic with the whole movie and piano bar section of a plane. Ultimately, it is a [...]

    12. Debí haber leído por ahí del 2004 "The Body Artist", a la que seguí con "Americana", que me pareció una plasta suprema. Luego, debí comenzar "Underworld" (la cual "sigo leyendo"), luego en una sentada me aventé entera "Cosmopolis", la cual disfruté sobremanera, hasta llegar a "Players", la cual elegí como uno de los libros que llevaría en mis vacaciones a Chiapas."The Body Artist" me abrió un panorama completamente nuevo. Me hizo comprender qué otra cosa puede ser, también, la liter [...]

    13. My second DeLillo and I must confess that I liked Libra better. You recognize his style, the language is very rhythmical almost as a poem. Beautiful language but still he fails to engage. This style of writing describing the rich and blasé in a cold and superficial way is much better executed by Brett Easton Ellis in American Psycho and Imperial Bedrooms. It’s dirtier and truer, at least for me than the polished surface that DeLillo creates and that doesn’t really get under your skin. Pre 9 [...]

    14. i bought this primarily because i saw it referenced in something relating to david foster wallace. i guess i can see how the post-modern tone and style may have influenced very early wallace, but the thing i was most struck by is how bret easton ellis pretty much tried to re-write this book with both American Psycho and Glamorama. i don't know if ellis has ever come right out and been like "yeah my whole career is based around ripping off this don delillo novel" but he probably should be honest [...]

    15. From the back cover:"In this 'crisp, observant' novel, DeLillo explores the dark side of contemporary affluence and its discontents." "DeLillo may be our wittest writer," says John Leonard in the NY Times. Now DeLillo is one of our most important writers and I've enjoyed other novels, especially Underworld, an absolutely terrific book. But this one is a mystery to me. What did I miss? Did the reviewers who liked this book so much read the same book I did? Read DeLillo. Don't read this one.

    16. Don DeLillo tillhör en av de där författarna som det aldrig kan bli riktigt fel med när man plockar upp en av hans böcker, åtminstone inte för min del.Detta är min fjärde DeLillo och tycker mig kunna spåra ett visst mönster med vissa teman (tv:ns roll/elektronikens, terrordåd, relationer som pågår parallellt med varandra men som inte samverkar) och händelser som återkommer (t.ex. mordet på Kennedy). Alla dessa tolkar jag som ett sätt att väva in samtiden i ett narrativ, om än [...]

    17. Publicado en lecturaylocura/jugadores-d“Jugadores” de Don Delillo. La obsesión de Delillo por reflejar la época en la que vivimos.La tormenta lectora que tuve el mes anterior ha tenido sus consecuencias; una de ellas ha sido el retraso “ad infinitum” de algunas reseñas, en particular de este “Jugadores” de Don Delillo, alentado indudablemente por el hecho de no ser precisamente una de las obras fundamentales del autor. Aun así, no quería dejar pasar el momento de comentar alguna [...]

    18. "Where's my shoes?""You didn't have them.""I didn't have them, right.""I speak the truth.""No shoes," he said. "Which explains your feet." "What, cut?""Bruised," she said. That's the passage I read when I first stumbled upon this book in a flea market. I immediately knew I had to buy it. I had read DeLillo in college- White Noise- and had really enjoyed, although with much rereading, my experience with his writing. This book was a repeat of that experience. DeLillo is one you have to meet half w [...]

    19. The protagonist of this book was definitely a compelling character, but the overall plot and style was just sort of boring to put it bluntly. I enjoyed White Noise a lot more than this. It was definitely a forceful push to finish the book as it didn't really hook me in with the terrorism plot. The start was definitely good though, especially delving into the mirage relationship between the two main characters. I wished he'd delved deeper into there relationship because the rest of the plot was p [...]

    20. Basically two separate stories in one, where the main characters are connected but go their separate ways story-wise. A very interesting read, but I imagine most people would be disappointed in the lack of closure. The opening prologue is a jewel, and probably the best example of how great DeLillo's writing can be.

    21. Particularly gloomy and sad even for Delillo, this book is an early blueprint for all the classic tropes of the author, right down to the seemingly disconnected opening piece. Not my favorite by a favorite of mine.

    22. DeLillo writes of beautiful & horrible things in an indifferent way that is beautiful syntactically but still manages not to convey any beauty. One of DeLillo's early books and, from what I have heard, indicative of future themes & subject matter. Playersfollows a wealthy & bored NYC couple. Like Yates'Revolutionary Roadin terms of initial plot. This book had its moments. The first chapter especially is wonderful--sharp, funny, clear--after that its a mess--a mess that is clearly pla [...]

    23. Did not finished the book. First I read White Noise in english and did not like it. Given DeLillo's reputation, and how frequently is recommended together with my much admired Paul Auster, I thought to give it another chance an now read another of his books in my native spanish. I did not make it pass page 30. It's packed with extemporaneous references and dives in to excruciating detail without providing a main theme or story. Without that a strong narrative stem, I get lost in to ever more exp [...]

    24. more than any of his others, PLAYERS pushes dialogue to meaninglessness, an experiment in how far afield our hip and close-quartered patois can go, how completely empty of sense. a combination of zen cases, wiseguy assholisms, and andy kaufman-rejected punchlines, delillo tirelessly (but we may tire) explores the idea of city people talking endless shit. but this arguably slightest of delillos still's got its morsels, not the least of which is its famous 1977 prophecy of terrorism's intimate rel [...]

    25. After reading DeLillo's previous novel, Ratner's Star, with the studied patience (I'll be honest) of a person just trying to get through it, I read Players in an exquisitely satisfying rush. This is the DeLillo I know, the mad rush of beautifully paired words and periods and fragments, pared down to a much leaner plot, rife with ambiguous meaning, dialogue, characters. Over everything the subtle shroud of clever meaning, hanging like a light rain. It's not a perfect novel by any means and he mis [...]

    26. I almost put this book down after I read its first paragraph because it used the phrase "self-realizing." I don't like that kind of mumbo-jumbo. But I read on thinking that Delillo could be sending up his decade, his time, the 1970's in this case, when the novel was published. Perhaps, I thought, he's just showing us what fools say, what fools do.But after finishing it, I'm not sure what Delillo thinks. But I know what I think. And I think that this novel, like all of his books that I've read, a [...]

    27. Don DeLillo has written some amazing books but I'm not sure this is one of them. Players is an interesting book mostly because it was written pre 9/11 and the characters work in the World Trade Center. The wife even talks about how the towers seem temporary: "To Pammy the towers didn't seem permanent. They remained concepts, no less transient for all their bulk than some routine distortion of light." Moreover after witnessing a terrorist event on the trading floor, her husband decides to get inv [...]

    28. There are passages in this book that are nearly perfect and I am in love with the way everyone talks to each other in this book; but taken as a whole it seems odd that the things happening and the different characters involved are all in one small book together. Somehow it doesn't all fit very well. There is a really weird emptiness about it that I kind of enjoyed. If I had to give a description I'd say it's about separateness and disconnection - of people with other people and people with their [...]

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