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Players
     

Players

by Don DeLillo
 

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In Players DeLillo explores the dark side of contemporary affluence and its discontents. 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: their talk is mostly chatter, their sex life more a matter of obligatory "satisfaction" than pleasure. Then

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In Players DeLillo explores the dark side of contemporary affluence and its discontents. 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: their talk is mostly chatter, their sex life more a matter of obligatory "satisfaction" than pleasure. Then Lyle sees a man killed on the floor of the Stock Exchange and becomes involved with the terrorists responsible; Pammy leaves for Maine with a homosexual couple.... And still they remain untouched, "players" indifferent to the violence that surrounds them, and that they have helped to create.

Originally published in 1977 (before his National Book Award-winning White Noise and the recent blockbuster Underworld), Players is a fast-moving yet starkly drawn socially critical drama that demonstrates the razor-sharp prose and thematic density for which DeLillo is renowned today.

"The wit, elegance and economy of Don DeLillo's art are equal to the bitter clarity of his perceptions."—New York Times Book Review

Editorial Reviews

John Updike
Don DeLillo...is original, versitile, and, in his disdain of last year's emotional guarantees, asiduous....into our technology-ridden daily lives he reads the sinister ambiguities, for the ugliness of America's recent history. -- The New Yorker
Diane Johnson
The wit, elegance and economy of Don DeLillo's eye are equal to the bitter clarity as his perception. -- New York Times Book Review
William Kennedy
Spectacular...a remarkable novel of menace and mystery. -- Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679722939
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1989
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
566,197
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Don DeLillo’s reputation was secured with his 1985 novel White Noise, a book that called attention to the dangers of consumer culture and its attendant toxic emissions. The book won the National Book Award. Delillo’s many novels since (Libra , Underworld, and others) have also garnered prizes. In 1999 he became the first American author to receive the Jerusalem Prize for a body of work expressing the theme of the freedom of the individual in society. DeLillo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Westchester County, New York
Date of Birth:
November 20, 1936
Place of Birth:
New York City
Education:
Fordham University, 1958

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