Martin Amis, in his New Yorker review of Don DeLillo’s “The Angel Esmeralda,” argued that any time we claim to love a writer’s work, we are always stretching the truth. “What we really mean,” he wrote, “is that we love about half ofShow More Summary
From the Los Angeles Review of Books, a review of Don DeLillo's The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories, by Cornel Bonca: The fallen Catholic DeLillo began to find a way to write about certain inescapable promptings of "awe" and "wonder" that were so insistent that they qualified as spiritual intimations. Show More Summary
The Angel Esmeralda has a DeLillo tune to it. The prose is original, succinct, even playful at times. Yet, his stories have become darker with less room for a breath of relief. The reader is left in awe at his genius, amidst an unease that only comes from DeLillo's vigilant human observations. [ more › ]
Charles Baxter notes, “If you have read several books by Don DeLillo, sooner or later you will have a Don DeLillo moment.” For Baxter, these are often “trance states,” of which DeLillo’s newest collection, The Angel Esmeralda, contains many.
From Charles Baxter’s review of The Angel Esmeralda: This omission of any markers of the narrator’s desire is one of the signs that we are inside a posthumanist fiction. In an earlier style—a style still very much on the menu in American...Show More Summary
The Story Prize has announced its nominees for the 2011 prize, We Others by Steven Millhauser, Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman, The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo. Our review of the latter was published today.
His vision spreads outward, encompassing ever more of the nuances and frequencies of an urbanized West that has maxed out on chatter and distraction. It has to expand like this in order to express the burden of shepherding a lone self...Show More Summary
Almost as exciting as the Republican primaries: it was a huge week for lit contests, six of which announced winners and/or finalists... The Story Prize finalists: Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda Steven Millhauser, We Others Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision Winner...
“I love the work of Don DeLillo,” Martin Amis wrote in the magazine recently, adding “and I love ‘The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories,’ ” which is DeLillo’s first story collection. Throughout his celebrated career—a National...
Over the course of 30 years, DeLillo has found new ways of drawing his readers in
Over a 50-year literary career, Don DeLillo has published 16 novels, but never a short-story collection. His most successful short work is the novella “Pafko At The Wall,” which was retitled “The Triumph Of Death” when it became the prologue to DeLillo’s mammoth novel Underworld. Show More Summary
Unfamiliar with the works of Don DeLillo? For a primer of sorts, says David L. Ulin in a review featured in this Sunday's books coverage, you might turn to the collection "The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories." This short story collection,...
Two literary titans in need of no introduction: Martin Amis reviews Don DeLillo‘s The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories.
Today marks the release of The Angel Esmeralda, which we admit we were surprised to realize was Don DeLillo’s first ever collection of short stories. Many authors publish short stories in journals before attempting novels, and often even publish collections to whet the public’s appetite for some larger fare. Some authors, like George Saunders and [...]
Martin Amis reviews The Angel Esmeralda. I think the lede is more or less generally true, but the examples he picks are needlessly incendiary and preposterous. When we say that we love a writer’s work, we are always stretching the truth: what we really mean is that we love about half of it. Show More Summary
This week's New Yorker contains a review of Don DeLillo's new short-story collection, The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories, by none other than the novelist Martin Amis. (Perhaps The New Yorker's usual fiction critic, James Wood, was licking his Jonathan Lethem–induced wounds?) Amis "loves" it. Show More Summary
A list of the past week's Largehearted Boy features: 52 Books, 52 Weeks Book Reviews (my weekly short book review) Don DeLillo's short story collection The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories Book Notes (authors create and discuss a music playlist that...
The most amazing thing about Don DeLillo's new short story collection The Angel Esmeralda is its consistency. These nine stories, written over 30+ years, are all rich with imagery and spot-on dialogue. Even the oldest stories have a contemporary...
In case you forgot, next week Scribner’s is publishing 9 DeLillo stories from between 1979 and 2011 as The Angel Esmeralda. John Banville sez: The broad range of these stories is not immediately apparent, so consistent and unemphatic is the tone. Show More Summary
Earlier this week, The Millions reported that Don Delillo would be releasing his first ever collection of short stories this November, The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories. The stories are drawn from the years 1979-2011; many of them first appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, and Harper's. Show More Summary