Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

DeLillo writes some wonderful paragraphs, not always easily understood or obviously true, but always evocative of contemporary lives that are technological, media-saturated, self-conscious, affluent and/or rootless.ย ย 

Cosmopolisย tells the story of a billionaire who spends a long day getting in and out of his limousine as he travels along 47th Street in Manhattan. He wants to get a haircut on the other side of town. There are too many conversations, adventures and coincidences along the way. He makes it to the barber shop but mostly dismantles his life.ย ย 

If the characters and incidents in the novel were more believable, the whole thing might add up to something. Anyway, the words are often beautiful. ย (5/19/11)