Gary Harkness is a football player and student at Logos College, West Texas. During a season of unprecedented success on the football field, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the threat of nuclear war. Both frightened and fascinated by the prospect, he listens to his team-mates discussing match tactics in much the same terms as military generals might contemplate global conflict. Offering a timely and topical look at human beings' obsession with conflict and confrontation, "End Zone" is a clever, playful and, above all, funny novel, which confirms DeLillo's status as one of the great American writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and reaffirms the unerring incisive accuracy of his portrayal of the modern world.
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Don DeLillo's second novel, a sort of Dr. Strangelove meets North Dallas Forty, solidified his place in the American literary landscape in the early 1970s. The story of an angst-ridden, war-obsessed running back for Logos College in West Texas, End Zone is a heady and hilarious conflation of Cold War existentialism and the parodied parallelism of battlefield/sports rhetoric. When not arguing nuclear endgame strategy with his professor, Major Staley, narrator Gary Harkness joins a brilliant and unlikely bunch of overmuscled gladiators on the field and in the dormitory. In characteristic fashion, DeLillo deliberately undermines the football-is-combat cliché by having one of his characters explain: "I reject the notion of football as warfare. Warfare is warfare. We don't need substitutes because we've got the real thing." What remains is an insightful examination of language in an alien, postmodern world, where a football player's ultimate triumph is his need to play the game.About the Author:
Don DeLillo is the author of two plays and thirteen novels, including Underworld and The Body Artist. He has won the National Book Award, the Jerusalem Prize and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize.
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002502480
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Book Description Wildwood House Ltd, London, 1973. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. Foxed fore edge, covers designed by Paul Bowden. Clean internally. End Zone is Don DeLillo's second novel, published in 1972. It is a light-hearted farce that foreshadows much of his later, more mature work. Bookseller Inventory # 055245
Book Description Wildwood House, London, 1973. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Size: 7"- 8" Tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0704500264. ISBN/EAN: 9780704500266. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 008043. Bookseller Inventory # 008043
Book Description Wildwood House Ltd, 1972. Book Condition: Good. Light wear to boards. Content is clean and bright with ffep missing. Good DJ with minor edge wear in protective sleeve. Ex-library with all the usual stamps etc. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9990430631