The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time - an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.
Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his 60s with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to lives of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body.
"We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?"
These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book's narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on Earth".
Don DeLillo's seductive, spectacularly observed, and brilliant new novel weighs the darkness of the world - terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague - against the beauty and humanity of everyday life, love, awe, and "the intimate touch of earth and sun".
Zero K is glorious.
"[Narrator Thomas] Sadoski ranges from icy to the edge of hysteria in this very effective reading.... This is a fine narration of what may be one of DeLillo's best books." (AudioFile)
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Everybody wants to own the end of the world...
- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"
More Musing than Story
Just not feeling this story. The characters seem almost as cold as the title and it's hard for me to feel anything for them. For a book in which the main theme is preserving life in order to live beyond one's natural life, the author doesn't take the time to show the beauty of their lives in the first place, so that when we lose these characters to death or to the procedure, it's hard to feel any sense of loss or sadness.