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  • Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reissue (17. Juli 1989)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679722920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679722922
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 2,4 x 20,3 cm
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"A mind-expanding trip to the finish line, and full of wit and slapstick as well." (Washington Post Book World)

"DeLillo's early-career masterpiece . it's a dense, entertaining, mind-bending boomerang of a book that luxuriates in the language of math and science" (L A Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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An early novel from much celebrated DeLillo, in which his characteristically powerful prose invites the reader into the mysterious, mind-blowing, mathematical world of the future. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Kai Weber am 27. November 2006
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When examining the already existing reviews on this work of DeLillo, one will find a wide diversity of opinions. Sure, every book of DeLillo could polarize the audience's opinions, but it seems especially evident in this case. What is the cause of that?

Most likely the total lack of "action". The protagonist, a fourteen year old winner of the first nobel prize for mathematics, is thrown into an episodic world like a pilgrim in a medieval drama. He is encountering all kinds of different scholars and scientists in "Field Experiment Number 1" - which is a research center allegedly built to decipher a radio message from outer space, but which is also used by a private company to manipulate international currency systems - scholars and scientists, who have only one thing in common: Each and every one of them is somehow quite "strange" (sometimes in a funny way, sometimes not). We can see DeLillo's interesting effort not only to employ scientific terminology in a fictitious work, but also to combine science with mythology and ith the prehistoric age. It may seem odd, that a writer who is always considered to be one of the prototypes for "post-modern" writing is in fact trying to give a re-united picture of mankind, a picture of mankind, where science and myth is once again reconciled with each other. However, this project of reconciliation can only be accomplished within an aesthetic and fictitious opus as provided by the genre of novel.

No doubt, this book resists easy reading; it requires some effort. Even though I do not consider it to be a true "star", this novel however deserves such an effort.

Side remark: As a native German speaker, I wish this book was available in my mother tongue as well - unfortunately it is along with "Great Jones Street" not available in German yet. Is there any translator out there who dares to give it a try?
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von A. Leung am 6. Juli 2000
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The fundamental problem with Ratner's Star is Delillo's insistence with bombarding the reader in a deluge of menancingly technical language. Sure, he writes beautifully and as ever, his language is precise but it appears that in an attempt to gain recognition, he has forgotten the purpose of writing and instead decided to exhibit his skills with the English langauge. As a result of this, there is the ostensible lack of crystal-clear creativity that is present in his other works. Delillo left what he usually excels in and engaged in this apparently experimental book.
I fell inclined to say that I was left frustrated at times. There is so much fluidity and generous portions of classic Delillo in the first half, yet in an attempt to succeed this, the second half finds itself drowning in the abyss. The length of the book is also not totally justified when the almost non-existent plot is put into consideration.
Heart breaking also is the absence of his portrayals of the real world, what Delillo really does shine at. Departing from that field, we have here a slightly irritating mix of insane characters and the psychedelic combination of fantasy, mathematics and science. There is imagination here but it appears to be used in the wrong way.
If you like Delillo, you will cherish this weighty book, but at the same time you might walk away feeling cheated by this book whose art is so hard to define.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "lexo-2" am 3. Dezember 1999
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Ratner's Star is one of those teasingly annoying cultural phenomena that arise when an artist you really like and admire does something you neither admire nor enjoy (other examples being most of John Lennon's solo stuff, Umberto Eco's attempts at being funny, and Georges Perec's attempts at being unfunny.) It's about a teenage maths genius who goes to an enormous convention where the finest minds available are trying to decipher what they believe to messages from aliens. The book is deliberately flat, formal and non-naturalistic (confronted with a menacing pigeon, a terrified minor character confesses that he can't run away because, as a child, he never learned to run - "I've always admired it in other people, this marvellous ability to run.") So okay, it's funny. But there's a feeling that DeLillo was running on empty. His love of jargon and technical languages is indulged to the absolute max, and the book works out its jokes with remorseless mathematical precision. The fear and violence that keep his other books moored in reality aren't as appropriate here, and the reader's eyelids start to droop. It does have one classic one-liner: "Cadillac. The Rolls-Royce of Automobiles."
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Yaumo Gaucho am 6. Juli 2000
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This is what DeLillo wrote after having spent a few years studying mathematics. It is a beautiful effort, albeit a bit different from much of his other work: no terrorists, no fear of death, and none of the characters is as memorable as the Gladney family from White Noise. It does, however, resemble White Noise is that it has the standard silly/almost-surreal professorial figures, and children wise beyond their years. DeLillo does show his Pynchonesque side, demonstrating thorough knowledge of math and physics; he is not just spouting catchphrases when he writes about these things.
Ratner's Star is mediocre DeLillo (which is still great!) for those not interested in math and science -- and perhaps top DeLillo for those who are interested in math or physics. Extra points for those readers who were intellectually precocious as kids: you will definitely identify with Billy, more or less.
The ending is wonderful, and I must say I didn't see it coming; although as soon as I read it, I thought "how could I not have seen it coming!" That is the mark of a well crafted novel.
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