✾ The Body Artist kindle Epub ❂ Author Don DeLillo – Bluevapours.co.uk The Barnes Noble ReviewIn whatever form Don DeLillo chooses to write there is simply no other American author who has so consistently pushed the boundaries of fiction in his effort to capture the zeit The Barnes Noble ReviewIn whatever form Don DeLillo chooses to write there is simply no other American The Body PDF/EPUB ² author who has so consistently pushed the boundaries of fiction in his effort to capture the zeitgeist In The Body Artist DeLillo tells the hallucinatory tale of performance artist Lauren Hartke in the days following the suicide of her husband filmmaker Rey Robles Finishing out their lease of a rented house on the coast living in a self imposed exile Lauren discovers a mysterious man in the bedroom upstairs who is able to repeat verbatim entire conversations she had with her husband before his death but does not seem to know his own name or where he happens to come from DeLillo's emphasis on behavior and the inadeuacies of language in The Body Artist will remind readers of his plays Valparaiso The Day Room than of his novels and yet in just a few pages as compared to the sweeping masterful Underworld's plus DeLillo still manages to draw a rich portrait of contemporary American life in all its uotidian glory Describing Lauren in the kitchen on the morning her husband will commit suicide he writes She took the kettle back to the stove because this is how you live a life even if you don't know it In this opening scene Lauren and Rey silently struggle to assign meaning and relevance to an ordinary moment They have a routine; they know what comes next But they can't say what it is They seem cut off from their own actions How do you articulate the emotion that accompanies eating breakfast with your spouse As Rey puts it I want to say something but what When they finish eating Rey drives to his ex wife's apartment in Manhattan to kill himself The uestion remains open as to whether or not the strange man whom Lauren affectionately names Mr Tuttle after an English teacher of hers when she finds him upstairs exists at all or if he is merely a figment of her imagination But Mr Tuttle's origins are entirely beside the point He has no origins He defies description He is neither old nor young Maybe this man experiences another kind of reality where he is here and there before and after And leave it to DeLillo to connect this enigma to the Internet There is a live hour web site Lauren enjoys viewing It shows an empty road in Kotka Finland Occasionally a car drives by or a person crosses the screen but generally nothing happens Lauren is fascinated by the notion that across the globe at this very moment this is happening an episode real enough to withstand the circumstance of nothing going on This may also be the best way to describe The Body Artist a book in which it all happens around the word seem In DeLillo's uniue brand of lucid albeit elliptical prose The Body Artist addresses the very uestions Gauguin inscribed on his famous painting Who am I Where do I come from Where am I going Lauren Hartke answers these uestions by transforming the absurdities of her daily life that hours can seem long or short and still be hours; how a thing can look like something other than itself into a beautiful suggestive live performance Through her art Lauren transcends the limits of language and body approaching an understanding of her husband's death and clearly discerning her own original nature And in a brilliant act of spiritual ventrilouism DeLillo the poet of lonely places dresses himself up in this character placing us in the extreme situation of her search for an experience of meaning she can call living.
Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels which paint detailed portraits of American The Body PDF/EPUB ² life in the late th and early st centuries He currently lives outside of New York CityAmong the most influential American writers of the past decades DeLillo has received among author awards a National Book Award White Noise a PENFaulkner Award Mao II and an American.
- 128 pages
- The Body Artist
- Don DeLillo
- 27 October 2016 Don DeLillo