End Zone Gary Harkness is a football player and student at Logos College West Texas During a season of unprecedented success on the football field he becomes increasingly obsessed with the threat of nuclear

  • Title: End Zone
  • Author: Don DeLillo
  • ISBN: 9780671820121
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gary Harkness is a football player and student at Logos College, West Texas During a season of unprecedented success on the football field, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the threat of nuclear war Both frightened and fascinated by the prospect, he listens to his team mates discussing match tactics in much the same terms as military generals might contemplate globaGary Harkness is a football player and student at Logos College, West Texas During a season of unprecedented success on the football field, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the threat of nuclear war Both frightened and fascinated by the prospect, he listens to his team mates discussing match tactics in much the same terms as military generals might contemplate global conflict Offering a timely and topical look at human beings obsession with conflict and confrontation, End Zone is a clever, playful and, above all, funny novel, which confirms DeLillo s status as one of the great American writers of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, and reaffirms the unerring incisive accuracy of his portrayal of the modern world.

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    1. "The language game is so to say something unpredictable. I mean, it is not based on grounds. It is not reasonable (or unreasonable). It is there—like our life" - WittgensteinOnce in Jr. High, I was playing a game of rugby (or as close to a game of rugby as you can get weighing 95lbs at a small private school in Provo, UT) and was totally blindsided during the 'game'. There was a moment after I pulled my face out of the dirt where I tasted both blood and clarity. Everything seemed at once to po [...]

    2. For someone who knows virtually nothing about American football this wasn’t an easy novel for me to read. The only two Delillo novels I hadn’t read were this and Americana, his first and I’m determined to complete the set. I think it was Martin Amis who said that when we say we love an author we generally mean we love half of the novels written by them. This is certainly true for me with regards DeLillo. I hated Ratner’s Star and was left indifferent by Point Omega, Cosmopolis and Player [...]

    3. An Explosion Over the DesertYou could spend weeks or even months inside this short novel.It's as rewarding as it is challenging.There are multiple characters with multiple points of view. It's not clear whether any are supposed to represent DeLillo's reconciled or concluded views, or, rather, whether it's the debate that matters (and that that debate could and should continue).The debate concerns reality, consciousness, identity, silence and language. Oh yeah, and war and football and weight los [...]

    4. Splendid book, near perfect in places.Sterile declarative verbal utterances imitate speech and unfurl as prettily as perfect football plays. However, meaning teeters on the edge of blank tautology that in the end declares only the unsaid: the core of modern angst that is Delillo's abiding theme in most of his books. This is speech that does violence to language as the footballers of Harkness' college do violence to each other both on and off field.In places the novel is hilarious. The football g [...]

    5. I must be a complete cock, because whenever anyone talks about football—including, as here, the august DeLillo—I immediately revert to my Waterboy roots:Foos-ball? Buncha overgrown monsters man-handlin' each other 'Member when dat man wanted you to play foos-ball, Bobby? As I’ve said elsewhere, it’s more probable than not that I’m an original asshole. For this review, at least, this is because I was traumatized by high school foos-ball and still have fucking nightmares about it, excep [...]

    6. Third read of this, each time moving higher up my DeLillo-meter. This is directly proportionate to the less seriously I take myself and/or life. End Zone is the one instance where Don's patented 'approximating humanoid' dialogue really serves a function. Of course no one talks like the characters in DeLillo's books, but here that is sort of the joke. Still one of his best endings, and in my Top 5 by the Don.

    7. Distinctive and darkly humorous look at the intersection of football and thermonuclear war and the rituals and neuroses of both. DeLillo's distinctive and lovely prose style also benefits the book - this early work shows some of the techniques he would develop much later.

    8. Infinite variables at play interact with slightly enough displacement to alter trajectories, plans, ordered assumption.So then, football. War. The human search for meaning.Regardless of planned action, injurious results are to be expected. Nonetheless, it leaves witnesses aghast.Spit intended to hit the ground instead of pants; a triply-converged-tackle killing a footballer; a set of pale legs distended from a wrecked auto. The effects churn the affected state; are you altered, or is the course [...]

    9. Have you ever been reading a book and been kind of lost? I mean, you understand what’s going on and who the different characters are, but you’re lost as to the purpose of the book? I felt that way about Don DeLillo’s End Zone. I understood the basic plot - a small West Texas college football team’s season, as told by one of the running backs, who is obsessed with nuclear war - but pages and pages of rambling monologues and dialogues went by and I didn’t get anything out of them. I felt [...]

    10. Perhaps this is a little bit difficult to explain, but trapped within this novel of frustratingly psuedo-intellectual conversations, for instance, regarding the nature of nihilism, is a very real attempt to understand, the posturing of language fitting well to convey the ideas and the attitudes, the wanderings and the self-inflated egos and poorly thought out convictions that plague the youth of the world. It is a novel about finding the self, and it is, even more so, about the fear of losing it [...]

    11. -¿Qué es esa foto que tiene pegada a la pared?¿Quién es la chica?-Es Teresa de Ávila. Era una mujer notable.Una santa de la iglesia¿Sabes qué hacía para recordarse a sí misma el final de las cosas?Comía usando de cuenco un cráneo humano.

    12. Love DeLillo, love End Zone. D.F. Wallace, my favorite author, clearly borrowed a few pages late in this novel for his incredible 'Eschaton' section of Infinite Jest.

    13. I picked this up for 75 cents in a used clothing store in central Tucson, not having read anything by DeLillo since Underworld, and found that I'd been missing DeLillo's fierce intelligence and strange, incantatory poetic vision. But what really surprised me was his humor. As when reading Underworld, I was continually struck by the stylist's able hand with complex concepts, but here, perhaps because of the book's size, or maybe because it is the work of an author who still hadn't assumed his pos [...]

    14. Written over a decade before White Noise, it's a whole lot of DeLillo ideas in their embryonic forms. Nuclear war, metaphor upon metaphor, America as incoherent fever dream, sort of humor that really isn't humor. The only problem is that as a young writer, he tried to condense these things into a fairly short book. They need to be given breathing room. As in White Noise, or, better yet, Underworld, which is a great and magisterial tome. But hey, it's early work, and it's got some of that wonderf [...]

    15. Holy shit. TBR. Fun fact: this book is mentioned in the McCaffery 100 but it is not on the 100 list. It is mentioned alongside the book The Universal Baseball Association, Inc J. Henry Waugh, Prop

    16. idk what's wrong w/ me, but this sort of conceptualization of a book is like painful to me. there's nothing emotionally coherent about this book. there's no physicality or human resembling figure for me to grab onto. literally slippery like a fishso i attempted this novel at a time in my life during which i didn't have an abundance of free time, i.e. finals week. maybe this made me particularly short w/ it.but then again, what kind of book /demands/ you drop all other tasks and only think abt it [...]

    17. Don DeLillo's End Zone is a curiously absurd book. It is as much about what's written within its pages - about football, about life, about identity, about solipsism - as it is about what's not said - the threat of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the institutional racism that was (and remains) hidden behind the facade of niceties because people just don't know any better. Silence - that's a major theme in the book. Silence after a Holocaust; silence of a city turned into a massive tombstone. It is [...]

    18. I kinda feel like DeLillo runs his typically crazyass premise - football as a metaphor for war - into the ground a little here, but then the sort-of famous line about football not being a metaphor for war because war is a metaphor for war is one of those brilliant acts of subversion only DeLillo could pull in the man's typical style, it's pretty much impossible to tell if he's fucking with us, pulling his whole premise out from under our feet and asking us to look elsewhere for the answer, or if [...]

    19. “I have a deep thought for you. Science fiction is just beginning to catch up with the Old Testament. See artificial nitrates run off into the rivers and oceans. See carbon dioxide melt the polar ice caps. See the world's mineral reserves dwindle. See war, famine and plague. See barbaric hordes defile the temple of virgins. See wild stallions mount the prairie dogs. I said science fiction but I guess I meant science. Anyway there's some kind of mythical and/or historic circle-thing being compl [...]

    20. Starts great- DeLillo wanders without much plot and the whole book falls apart. Sort of like a cake made badly. Still a cake, but needs more structure.

    21. Publicado en lecturaylocura/end-zone-deEnd Zone de Don Delillo. Demasiado fútbolEn octubre Seix Barral (otro de los sellos de Planeta, por si alguien no lo sabe) nos trae la última novela que nos faltaba por tener publicada de de Don Delillo, se trata de End Zone que aquí se ha traducido con el equívoco nombre Fin de campo; y digo que el nombre puede llevar a error por el contenido que se puede encontrar el lector:“The ball was spotted at our 33. Dennis Smee moved along the line, slapping [...]

    22. this is a book largely based in abstraction and the inefficiency of language as symbolic of a state of being. how it gets to these points is via gary harkness, a football player and student at logos college. gary is obsessed with nuclear war. the book is concerned with the alienation that language can cause through context: the isolationist slang of sports; the obscure and acronymed technical language of war; the cold abstraction of statistics. it juxtaposes the language with the physical world [...]

    23. This is Delillo's second novel and I had to read it out of order because I couldn't find my copy. I'm actually glad I did, though, because I would have then been more disappointed than I was in Great Jones Street (see my review on this site). It would have been a major letdown after this novel. Which is nothing short of sublime.End Zone is clearly the novel that put Delillo on the map as a great writer. If Americana revealed him to be a talented writer, this novel proves him to be a talented wri [...]

    24. Siendo bastante generoso, se queda con tres estrellas. No ha funcionado conmigo y no solo por el mero hecho de que el 80% del libro verse sobre partidos de fútbol americano, entrenamientos y estrategia. Me hubiera dado igual que la alegoría sobre la Guerra Fría, término que aparece una sola vez en todo el texto, hubiera sido sobre el ajedrez, también sería válido como metáfora de la época.Es extraño analizar el libro que a mí me hubiera gustado leer; el problema principal es la propor [...]

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