“Very good, with some themes that are still very contemporary: the writer in the public eye, the lure of the cult, terrorist's use of kidnapping.
“One of my favorite DeLillo novels published after Libra. I really focused in on the art imagery and the role of Andy Warhol in this text as a metaphor for the postmodern subject. ”Stefanie M wrote this review Friday, July 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Despite the many confusing paragraphs and overly complicated dialogue this book delivers many great plot elements and deep messages. Definitely one of the most complex books I have ever read but still a great experience. The characters seem to be realistic but still dysfunctional enough to be good elements in a book. The book covers both the lives of an aging writer who cannot seem to set down his work and the people that affect his life. a complex read but well worth the struggle and the experience. ”GRIFFIN B wrote this review Monday, February 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ The premise is interesting, and DeLillo makes his case intellectually, but he is incredibly pretentious. There isn't a single character you can care about. They are all self hating ciphers and what little plot there is is merely an excuse to explore a sociopolitical essay. I could barely get through this book even though it is hardly beyond novella length. Reading every chapter was an absolute chore. ”Robephiles wrote this review Friday, February 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mao II is less a continuous story than a series of narrative pieces concerning the same set of characters: Bill, a reclusive author tormented by the specter of his half-formed book; Brian, his obsessive assistant; Karen, who has a relationship with both Brian and Bill but who is also a former Moonie; and Brita, a photographer who has made her life’s work in photographing authors.
Mao II is about both the power of crowds and the draw of the individual. Individually, Brian is obsessed with Bill’s work, and Bill himself is the tormented author who can’t find himself again. Yet, collectively, the book is filled with crowds, from the unification ceremony where we first meet Karen to many others throughout the book.
I liked this book, but something was lacking for me. The turns of phrase when characters were thinking to themselves were more real and interesting than their dialogue or actions. Somehow it seemed implausible that people would speak the words that Delillo gives them, but think them? That is definitely possible.”
“Might have been better with fewer communists.”AZ wrote this review Monday, June 16, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“YAWN---”daye wrote this review Thursday, July 26, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A bold premise: That the terrorist has displaced the writer in his ability to shape public opinion. What used to be passed along in the form of a newspaper or pamphlet, is now shouted explosively on television. ”Douglife wrote this review Tuesday, July 3, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No