The Names Pdf
The Names (1982) is the seventh novel of American novelist Don DeLillo. The work, set mostly in Greece, is primarily a series of character studies, interwoven with a plot about a mysterious “language cult” that is behind a number of unexplained murders. Among the many themes explored throughout the work are the intersection of language and culture, the perception of American culture from both within and outside its borders, and the impact that narration has on the facts of a story.
The Names Summary
As a manifestation of language, the written word is the most susceptible to control. Letters are static while spoken words are elusive. Writing can thus be a desire for a full presence “a lost language, free from ambiguity.” It is this aspect of writing that appeals to Owen Brademas. He is seeking a language that has been “subdued and codified”, simplified into parallel structures. But writing can also be a recovery or articulation of “ancient things, secret, reshapable.” In this second type of writing, the mystery of the world is retained. In The Names it is a child, the narrator’s son Tap, who most purely practices this type of writing. Unlike Owen, for whom “correctness” in speech is very important, Tap’s writing is full of lively misspellings, prompting his father to look at objects in a new way.
Details The Names Pdf Book
Name Of the Novel: The Names
Author: Don DeLillo
Country: United States
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date: September 12, 1982
Media type: Pdf / ePub
Pages: 339 (Hardback first edition)
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