americana

agosto 4, 2011 at 19:28 (libri)

1971, Don DeLillo

un giovane in carriera – pubblicitario a new york – lascia tutto e va a cercare una ragione in giro per l’america; riprende la provincia con la sua cinepresa, incontra gli apaches…ma non è la storia che coinvolge in questo romanzo, almeno non come coinvolge la storia dei sopravvissuti all’11 settembre in falling man.
Il modo di raccontare, invece, le battute, le riflessioni, le considerazioni sono il pregio di americana: le pagine ne sono disseminate e scorrendole è impossibile non fermarsi, risalire di qualche rigo e leggere di nuovo.

The only problem I had was […] that I was living in the third person (pag. 58)

It doesn’t matter how funny or pretty a commercial is, he used to say; if it doesn’t move the merchandise off the shelves, it’s not doing the job; it has to move the merch. (pag. 85)

I’ve been reading Tolstoy. Every man feels he has a novel in him. He feels he has a novel and a Eurasian mistress. Tolstoy makes me want to write a novel. (pag. 85)

“Are you a good lover?” she said
“Even a hawk is an eagle among crows”. (pag. 103)

“I have a head for numbers”, I said. “Numbers fascinate me. Numbers have power. The whole country runs on numbers. I love to count things. I love to add and subtract. Everybody has numbers. Everybody is a number. […] to follow a number to infinity was not necessarily to arrive at God. With her fork she bisected a crisp slice of bacon, a piece so brittle the fork barely had to touch it; she then halved the two fragments, then the smaller four, then the resulting eight, and so on, working with the quietly fanatical precision of all those people whose job it is to divide small things into smaller things […] finally there was nothing left of the slice but a hundred decimal points. Did the bacon represent the insignificance of numbers, […] the indivisible nature of God as opposed to the fractional promiscuity of numbers? (pag. 123)

“The more magical a race is, ” my mother said, “the less significant the individual is. Magic overwhelms everything. We in the West value human life almost desperately because we have no magic.” (184)

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