underworld is truly a wonderful book. on one hand, it traces out the path a famous baseball takes during the course of its life. the book, of course, is loaded with much more. whether it is the story of a man that killed someone as a teenager (who now lives a rather normal life), the myth of a ship travelling around the world, constantly denied port, a family trying to understand their abandonment, or experiencing a sinking feeling as a father steals from his son, delillo constantly has the reader engaged. as with any of his books, he has us laughing (in near hysterics) at times, hoping for the best at others, and feeling nothing as a man gets is face blown off. his ability to make us experience along with the characters is remarkable, whether sympathizing with a cuckold or being captivated by a desert of interestingly painted airplanes.
so, who should read this book? probably anyone that likes any kind of book will find something to enjoy. the thrillers/mysteries will want to know who gets killed (interesting twist on the traditional, no?), the comedies will be choked with mirth, the dramatists will cringe, and the philosophers will be fully occupied. this book, as it were, has it all.