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At Logos College in West Texas, huge young men, vacuum-packed into shoulder pads and shiny helmets, play football with intense passion. During an uncharacteristic winning season, the perplexed and distracted running back Gary Harkness has periodic fits of nuclear glee; he is fueled and shielded by his fear of and fascination with nuclear conflict. Among oddly afflicted and recognizable players, the terminologies of football and nuclear war—the language of end zones—become interchangeable, and their meaning ...

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Overview

At Logos College in West Texas, huge young men, vacuum-packed into shoulder pads and shiny helmets, play football with intense passion. During an uncharacteristic winning season, the perplexed and distracted running back Gary Harkness has periodic fits of nuclear glee; he is fueled and shielded by his fear of and fascination with nuclear conflict. Among oddly afflicted and recognizable players, the terminologies of football and nuclear war—the language of end zones—become interchangeable, and their meaning deteriorates as the collegiate year runs its course. In this triumphantly funny, deeply searching novel, Don DeLillo explores the metaphor of football as war with rich, original zeal.

Don DeLillo was awarded the 1999 Jerusalem prize, recognizing a writer who addresses individual freedom in society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140085686
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 254,399
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo published his first short story when he was twenty-three years old. He has since written twelve novels, including White Noise (1985) which won the National Book Award. It was followed by Libra (1988), his novel about the assassination of President Kennedy, and by Mao II, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

In 1997, he published the bestselling Underworld, and in 1999 he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, given to a writer whose work expresses the theme of the freedom of the individual in society; he was the first American author to receive it. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Biography

Growing up in his working class Bronx neighborhood in the 1940s and '50s, Don De Lillo was far more interested in sports than in books. A listless student, he did not develop an interest in reading until he was 18 and working a summer job as a parking attendant. Desperate to fill in the long, boring hours of downtime, he discovered the literature of Faulkner, Joyce, and Hemingway. He attended Fordham University and worked in advertising for several years before seriously pursuing a writing career.

When De Lillo's first novel, Americana, was published in 1971, it received modest reviews. Seven books followed over the next 14 years, steadily generating more critical praise but few sales. Then, in 1985, he hit pay dirt with White Noise, a brooding postmodern masterpiece about a Midwestern college professor and his family in the aftermath of an airborne toxic accident. It proved to be De Lillo's breakthrough, earning him both a National Book Award and an avid cult following.

Since then, De Lillo has gone on to produce a string of superb "literary" novels that fairly brim with big ideas yet also capture the essence of contemporary culture in all its infuriating banality. Cited by younger writers like Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace as a major influence, De Lillo remains a reserved and private, albeit gracious and genteel man who seems a bit uncomfortable with fame.

Among the many honors De Lillo has received are the Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize for Libra (1989); the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for Mao II (1991); and the Jerusalem Prize, William Dean Howells Medal, and the Riccardo Bacchelli International Award for his magnum opus Underworld (1997). In addition, three of his novels received high marks on a 2006 survey sponsored by The New York Times to name the single best work of American fiction of the last 25 years.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cleo Birdwell
    2. Hometown:
      Westchester County, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 20, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York City
    1. Education:
      Fordham University, 1958

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    Worst Book I've Ever Read

    Confusing, elitist, disappointing. The only reason that I believe this book ever received any positive reviews is that critics were too embarrassed to admit they had no clue as to what the book was about.

    No one talks the way the characters in this book do, the story is disjointed, the characters are not likable in any way and the ending is totally unsatisfying.

    Stay away from this book at all costs.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    The most interesting book I have ever read!

    The book End Zone is a very interesting book. Don DeLillo writes End Zone. The book seems like it would be about football, but it focuses just as much on nuclear war. I really enjoyed the book because I love reading books that go into lots of detail. You know the kind of books that take 5 pages to describe a football game. The parallelism between football and nuclear war was a little new to me. I didn't really understand why nuclear war was a part of a football book but by the end of the book I had figured it out. This was a great book to read and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something a little different to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    good plot bad background

    The story starts out without the explicit definitions of who people are and their role on the team. You know exactly where they stand in society but as far as the leadership or dependability they carry. Not to mention the position most of them play or who else plays that position but is not starting. This could have helped to explain why some of the incidents that occurred, happened. on a more positive note the book had a much valuable lesson that many could use as far as the respectability and reliability amongst others, and how its important in life as well as sports.

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