The Names Paperback – Jul 17 1989
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'A serious and complicated novel which deserves praise ... an outstandingly well-written and constructed book' Guardian 'Compelling ... strange and wonderful and frightening' New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Don DeLillo, the author of fifteen novels, including Point Omega, Falling Man, White Noise and Libra, has won many honours in America and abroad, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his novel Underworld. In 2010, he received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award. He has also written three plays. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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So...how many languages do you speak? These expatriates I mentioned come in contact with a bizarre language cult which is responsible for a series of ritual murders in the area. Our "hero" is James Axton, a "risk analyst" who isn't exactly sure himself just who he's working for (i.e., business insurance...or CIA?). In fact, he's pretty much detached from most things in his life...his ex-marriage, his friends, Greece itself, the cult (when he finally meets them)...you name it. The Outsider. Wishing he could be part of something...never able to get past the *analysis* of risk. His inaction leads to serious consequences.
As always, DeLillo's intense use of language ultimately leads to something nonverbal.Read more ›
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I eagerly began reading The Names, my first Delillo novel, assuming I would be adding him to my rotation of can't-miss authors. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Dave Brooks
I found The Names to be relatively intriguing. I was quite disappointed however, because the other reviews had prepared me to read something amazing. Read morePublished on June 22 2001 by Emilia Palaveeva
I had read WHITE NOISE years ago and was surprised by the book's originality, depth and particularly the adeptness of the dialogue. Read morePublished on April 8 2001 by C. Middleton
The Names was the book that gave rise to Delillo's progressive fame and is probably one of Delilo's finest and most unique books. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2000 by A. Leung
The Names is indeed well-written, and a sensory delight, taking the reader on believable and quite scenic travels with an international bank executive who speaks in short,... Read morePublished on July 26 2000 by Yaumo Gaucho
Thinking back over all the DeLillo I have read since the 1970s, I think THE NAMES is his best. I don't recall a meditation on language being enacted so deeply and compactly... Read morePublished on Dec 11 1999 by W. Christeson
I had never read DeLillo before and a friend suggested that if I never read anyone else again, I should read something that Don DeLillo had written. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 1999
When you travel abroad you return gratefully, happy to once again know the comfort of familiarity. That's how I felt after The Names: as if I'd returned from summer in the... Read morePublished on July 30 1998