Monday, October 14, 2013

Top ten long books

Alex Clark tagged her top ten long reads for the Observer. One title on her list:
Don DeLillo, 1997

Underworld, 832 pages, begins with what amounts to a short story, a description of the baseball game that took place on 3 October 1951 between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, during which a Giants player hit the ball out of the ground – The Shot Heard Round the World. Crucially, it is also the day the US learns that the Soviet Union has exploded an atomic bomb. From that tightly focused opening comes an enormous beast of a novel, its narrative reach extending to create an epic vision of the cold war and its aftermath.
Read about another hefty novel on the list.

Underworld is on Chad Harbach's top five list of notable novels with sporting themes.

--Marshal Zeringue