The Angel Esmeralda

The Angel Esmeralda

Nine Stories

Book - 2011
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From one of the greatest writers of our time, a collection of short stories, written between 1979 and 2011; chronicling--and foretelling--three decades of American culture.

From one of the greatest writers of our time, his first collection of short stories, written between 1979 and 2011, chronicling--and foretelling--three decades of American life

Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo's iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories.

In "Creation," a couple at the end of a cruise somewhere in the West Indies can't get off the island--flights canceled, unconfirmed reservations, a dysfunctional economy. In "Human Moments in World War III," two men orbiting the earth, charged with gathering intelligence and reporting to Colorado Command, hear the voices of American radio, from a half century earlier. In the title story, Sisters Edgar and Grace, nuns working the violent streets of the South Bronx, confirm the neighborhood's miracle, the apparition of a dead child, Esmeralda.

Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. DeLillo's sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Mark Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great writer whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451655841
Characteristics: 213 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 29, 2019

Obviously not for everyone. Stories written over many years are (almost) all masterpieces. They are wise, sparse and unpredictable.

Dec 06, 2016

There was an aggressive, snarky, fat, psychopathic, burned out, smarmy, math teacher in St. Joseph in the early 80's whom I hated with a true passion. She would sarcastically and loudly screech, "I don't get it, I don't understand," if you happened not to phrase your question the "correct" way. Well this one's for you Mrs. Trump. (Thankfully I was able to block out her real name but Trump seems to fit her wretched personality.) I don't get Don DeLillo. I don't understand him whatsoever and cannot tell if he's above my reading level or more likely he's just contrived, self-indulgent and probably kin to my math teacher.

rowanquincy Jan 06, 2012

What a boring book. Only made it through one story.

Dec 16, 2011

Not all of the stories succeed, but DeLillo knows how to slay us with the incredibly beautiful use of the English language,

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