End Zone

DeLillo, Don

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1972
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First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Octavo [22 cm] Bound in black cloth over boards with silver lettering and blind ruled borders on the spine and front cover, clean with little noticeable wear. Publisher's light blue top stain. Text block and interior pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is square and solid. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed, especially at head and tail of spine panel, with one 1/4 inch closed tear at top of back panel, price clipped off flap, in mylar sleeve. The author's second novel. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: 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.

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Title: End Zone
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

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