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By: DeLillo, Don [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Picador, [2016]Copyright date: ©2016Description: 274 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781509822850.Subject(s): Fathers and sons -- Fiction | Rich people -- Fiction | Bioethics -- Fiction | Cryonics -- FictionGenre/Form: Science fiction.Summary: Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body. "We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?" These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book's narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth." Don DeLillo's seductive, spectacularly observed and brilliant new novel weighs the darkness of the world-terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague-against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, awe, "the intimate touch of earth and sun."
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Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body."We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?"These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book's narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth."Don DeLillo's seductive, spectacularly observed and brilliant new novel weighs the darkness of the world-terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague-against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, awe, "the intimate touch of earth and sun."

Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body. "We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?" These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book's narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth." Don DeLillo's seductive, spectacularly observed and brilliant new novel weighs the darkness of the world-terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague-against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, awe, "the intimate touch of earth and sun."

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Library Journal Review

One would expect so much more than a bland, uninteresting discussion of the meaning of life (death) from the point of view of Jeffrey Lockhart, billionaire Ross Lockhart's son. Jeff sneers his way through his privileged life and seems unable to involve himself in the desperate hope for eternal life for his ailing stepmother, Artis. Meanwhile, father Ross, a true believer in the special brand of cryonics he is bankrolling, can't bear to live without her and will quickly follow Artis into the cold-it takes him two years. This rambling, repetitive narrative is given an excellent reading by Thomas Sadoski, the consistent high point of the audio. The cryonics scenario is vaguely familiar and unconvincing. VERDICT Despite its many flaws, this book will be requested, so adult audio collections should purchase. ["DeLillo's rich language and rhythmic prose draw readers deep into a rumination on both the in-escapability and alluring possibilities of the eternal return": LJ 5/1/16 starred review of the Scribner hc.]-Cliff -Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

In recent years, reader Sadoski has parlayed his extensive stage experience on and off Broadway into several notable television roles, most recently in HBO's The Newsroom and CBS's Life in Pieces. In bringing to life the audio edition of the latest novel from literary giant DeLillo, Sadoski faces no small task, given that DeLillo narratives tend to embrace a postmodern style steeped in introspective monologue. The story line is narrated from the point of view of Jeff Lockhart, an angst-ridden 30-something trying to make sense of his billionaire father's secretive venture to allow the aged and infirm to freeze their bodies until future medical breakthroughs allow human immortality. On the domestic front, Jeff juggles his lack of career focus with a similarly scattershot romantic relationship with a devoted teacher and single mother whose troubled preteen son displays a bizarre obsession with terrorism and related global events. Sadoski adapts himself well to the stream-of-consciousness style of prose; he gives a Jeff a consistent voice for processing the disparate plot elements. But the listening experience most likely remains too demanding for this style of novel. A Scribner hardcover. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In DeLillo's new novel, which, like Point Omega (2010), is austere in setting yet lush in thought and feeling, global financier Ross Lockhart marshals his wealth and power to fight a covert holy war against death. He summons Jeffrey, his brooding son, to join him and his second wife, Artis, an archaeologist afflicted with a debilitating disease, at the Convergence, a secret bunker/catacomb equipped with faith-based cryopreservation technology promising a future reawakening. Intently observant and obsessively concerned with language and meaning, Jeffery is a mesmerizing and disquieting narrator as he describes the eerie and disembodying ambiance of the Convergence and its ritualized, morally murky amalgam of mysticism and science, from the post-mortem décor, punctuated by unnerving sculptures and violent cinematic montages, to the sarcophagus-pods containing naked, cryopreserved voyagers to the unknown. As history-steeped Artis is prepped for her frozen journey, and Jeffrey confronts mysteries in both this high-tech tomb and cacophonous New York, DeLillo infuses the drama with metaphysical riddles: What of ourselves can actually be preserved? What will resurrection pilgrims experience in their cold limbo? With immortality reserved for the elite, what will become of the rest of humanity on our pillaged, bloodied, extinction-plagued planet? In this magnificently edgy and profoundly inquisitive tale, DeLillo reflects on what we remember and forget, what we treasure and destroy, and what we fail to do for each other and for life itself. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters added to his long list of honors, DeLillo reaffirms his standing as one of the world's most significant writers.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2016 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A cryogenic facility beyond the edges of civilization provokes a series of meditations on death and life. "The thinness of contemporary life," DeLillo writes in his 16th novel. "I can poke my finger through it." This sentiment reverberates throughout this elusive book. Set in part at a facility in the trackless steppes of a former Soviet republic, it tells the story of a Manhattanite named Jeffrey, his financier father, and his stepmother, Artis, who has traveled thousands of miles to be cryogenically preserved. Artis is dying, but then, DeLillo makes clear, so are all of us, every day, our lives a series of choices, less drama than determination as we move through a world we cannot control. And yet, here at the end of life, there seems a promise: that we can take charge of our destinies once and for all. "Terror and war, everywhere now," DeLillo suggests, "sweeping the surface of our planet.And what does it all amount to? A grotesque kind of nostalgia." In removing ourselves from everything, then, even the inevitability of death, we achieve a kind of purity. This, of course, is classic DeLillo, the tension between body and mind. How do we live the more we distance ourselves from our common physicality, the more we lose ourselves in circuits, video clips? From Great Jones Street (1973) to Running Dog (1978) to Underworld (1997), DeLillo has long traced the power of the image both to illuminate and to insulate. In this new novel, however, such tropes lack a certain urgency. Partly, it's the static nature of the narrative; this is a book, after all, about waiting to die. But even more, it's that these concepts no longer seem so revelatory in a world as overmediated as ours. No, in such a culture, it is not death that moves us so much as the question of how to live. Or, as DeLillo puts it: "Ordinary moments make the life. This is what she knew to be trustworthy and this is what I learned, eventually, from those years we spent together. No leaps or falls. I inhale the little drizzly details of the past and know who I am." DeLillo's latest novel asks compelling questions, but its answers are a bit shopworn. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.