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If you liked White Noise, then this is the exact opposite of it. The book (or booklet) takes only two hours to read and that is two hours too much. Not in the least bit interesting. Neither funny nor sad, just a space-filler to pay somebody's bills. I'm genuinely annoyed at all the people who gave it 4+ stars.
Utter bilge. Pretentious crap dressed up in florid literary emptiness. What a Godawful waste of time. Plodding a path between zero and nowhere, it vanishes up its own fundament. A disgrace to to the art form of the novella.
DeLillo should be ashamed of himself. One gets the feeling, reading this book, that DeLillo halfheartedly penned this story in response to a writing assignment from a college professor - double spacing the lines and using an extra large font and widened margins in order to meet the 100 page minimum. The dialogue between the protagonist, Lauren Hartke, and the "mysterious" man who suddenly appears in her bedroom one day wearing nothing but his Fruit-of-the-Looms, is not in the least bit insightful or thought provoking...it's just plain stupid. Don't be deceived by the literary pundits who extrapolate great meaning and depth to this book: The emperor has no clothes (just some soiled undergarments).