But more often DeLillo presents brief, potent interludes of only a few pages, which he sets up and delivers with a sure touch, and quickly abandons for the next stop on our itinerary.
Only Toni Morrison's Belovedwhich received fifteen votes, ranked ahead of DeLillo's massive novel. However, Underworld is a very long novel, particularly for an economical writer like DeLillo, whose previous work Mao II checked in at a quarter of this length.
By including ekphrastic moments in the novel, DeLillo draws on the tension between public and private to connect personal and national histories and, ultimately, to show the potential for redemption in even the bleakest of situations.
Elements in the novel collapse: a joke from the s of the prologue is retold here; Shay, who has an affair with the married Klara, confronts Glassic over his affair with Marian. The date is unspecified, but the narrative implies that this is the near future.
The quote promotes a reading of the work in terms of historical linearity. Much like Bobby Thomson does at the start of Underworld, Don DeLillo has shown that he too is a Giant who can hit a home run that will long be heard 'round the world.