The book that many consider DeLillo’s masterpiece is also one of his hardest books to explain. Set in the latter half of the 20th century, the novel follows an unfaithful married couple, and manages to tie in nuclear weapons, art, the Cuban missile crisis, and J. Edgar Hoover. It also tackles baseball, which, DeLillo writes, “doesn't change the way you sleep or wash your face or chew your food. It changes nothing but your life.” It sounds like a lot, and it is, but DeLillo makes it work seamlessly.
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