I'm going to start by allowing Ratner's Star (2 stars) to review itself. About midway through, the narrator suggests that:
"Few people here had any link to speak of with others in the structure. An occasional name was mentioned, a hint dropped, and that was the extent of it, a set of rapid sequential jumps, no suggestion that something continuous was taking place."
Spot on narrator! I couldn't agree more.
Near the end, the narrator concludes: "Something here made no sense."
A decisive blow, but fair.
You know those really long jokes that have such a flat and stupid punch line that you realize the joke was really on you all along? Well, that's Ratner's Star, except it goes on for weeks. I get that DeLillo is mocking intellectualism here, he's using the countless opportunities science and scientists provide the uninitiated to call them out as self-serving buffoons, but what results is less thought provoking and more Mel Brooks meets Thomas Pynchon. DeLillo takes measures to reveal that he's in on the joke. At the end, actual bat-shit is being mined out of the same facility the scientists were working in... and indeed, they were behaving bat-shit crazy pretty much the whole time. I like what you did there Don, but don't act like they were on their own, they weren't, you made them, and unforgivably, they weren't always fun to read about... now wait, I could forgive that if they were teaching me something about myself or humanity in general, but they weren't doing that either. So what were they doing?
Beats me. (And that's true. If there's something there, I missed it).
I played a little game as I read. Randomly, I'd select a passage and insert the phrase "full of sound and fury" to see if it jumped out as not belonging when I read it. It Never did. So deconstructed is language here, that words added - phrases added - don't even matter. Funny how when you try so hard to parody something by stripping it of meaning, and then succeed immensely at that goal, you end up with something that has no meaning to anyone beyond the intellectual success of what you've done. It's like reading a long list of ingredients to some toxic food, only to discover at the end, that all those fancy chemical names were just made up. Haha, but who cares.
And that's my review: "Haha, but who cares?"... haha, because some of it was funny. And a lot of it was clever.
Listen, I've read seven books by Don DeLillo, and Ratner's Star won't be my last. And honestly, maybe I'll circle back to it someday, because there is something genius - if off-putting - about it. He's written some truly great books. For me, this wasn't one of them. But if you haven't read DeLillo before, have mercy on yourself and don't start with this one. I'd recommend White Noise.
- 版本： Kindle电子书
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- > ISBN： 1509837868
- 出版社: Vintage; Reissue (2012年4月11日)
- 语种： 英语
- ASIN: B007M2A0M2
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