Sunday, June 26, 2011

What I (Couldn't) Finish Reading: Underworld

Déjà vu!

That’s my reaction to Don DiLillo's Underworld, and unfortunately it’s not good. About 100 pages into the novel the slowly building realization finally hits home: I’ve read this before.

It’s true. Maybe 12 or more years ago, I read this novel and do not remember the slightest character, plot, image, scene, or dialogue. Only when I reread certain sections do I begin to admit “Oh yeah, this sounds vaguely familiar.”

What a sad commentary to read a book and remember nothing. Is that a reflection of the book or of me?

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