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 LyleSee more details below

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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 renown 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

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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:
9780307817167
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
2 MB

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