This book was written by Don DeLillo under the pseudonym of Cleo Birdwell. In this fictional memoir, Birdwell plays for the New York Rangers hockey team and. Cleo Birdwell is the author of Amazons ( avg rating, ratings, 29 reviews, published ). Amazons. A ‘memoir’ by ‘Cleo Birdwell’. This novel came out under the pseudonym Cleo Birdwell, but several sources at the time called this ‘a.
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You might wonder until you realize 1. Tell me about the carolers again. The book is full of weird little storylines like this. Aug 30, Jana rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
For these reasons, Clutch is as eccentric as Amazonsor more so. Playful far past the point of fatigue. Do you need to read this? Also, here’s a cool article about Amazons by an author named Victoria Patterson, who wrote her own contemporary birdeell fictitious sports memoir and her relationship to Delillo’s book: It was more about how to have sex with weird men then it was about hockey.
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Our rocks came from empty lots. The novel is a fictitious autobiography narrated by Birdwell centering on her experiences as the first woman to play professional hockey in the NHL. It’s a shame that such a comic masterpiece has been out of print for almost 30 years.
He had published six novels in the s, which had established a serious reputation, but not made a big dent in terms of sales. Lists with This Book. This novel sits at an interesting point in DeLillo’s career.
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Customers who ccleo this item also viewed. The rest of the writers, it seems, knew more about a fictional female NHLer than they did about a real one. This novel came out under the pseudonym Cleo Birdwell, but several sources at the time called this ‘a collaboration’ involving DeLillo, and within the first few pages it’s very apparent that DeLillo was involved. But for a white male professor at an amazlns institution to dismiss the ability of any and all pre fiction written by women about women to effectively portray what it was like to be a woman … that had to be a joke, right?
This is one of my favorite books period. Amazons birdwel, like a bit of a light-hearted breather before the next big push.
Very “Up the Academy,” minus ensuing hijinx. It helps that Cleo is smart and canny, but her guy suitors are in no way her equal. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
I bought my copy of Amazons back inbut only now did I finally read it. Hard to believe that Don DeLillo thought of this as a throwaway, or that it couldn’t stand with his other work. Share your thoughts with other customers.
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They spritz the whole set with hair spray. At the same time, DeLillo asked his editor to delete Amazons from his list of works. When all he can come up with “I want to play hockey, just play hockey” as Cleo’s hark to the rink amidst her constant sexual gymnastics, then you can be assured that he thinks like a man.
Feb 05, Lisa Marie rated it really liked it. This was clearly DeLillo’s guilty pleasure book. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Scared off by the blue on white, then the red on white, birxwell small child holds my hand with no points barred. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. British first edition published by Granada, Birdwell is kept busy bedding every major male character in the book.
A character amaazons this book, Murray Jay Siskind here a sportswriterturns up later in Amzaons Noise as a “visiting lecturer on living icons. The book was a collaboration with a former co-worker of DeLillo’s, Sue Buck, and represents a amaons, light-hearted effort between his novels Running Dog and The Names. Surely his most accessibile and funny novel, but nevertheless it shows all the typical DeLillian characteristics, from the quasi- philosophical rumblings to the hysteria of contemporary life.
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Or beauty like that. Two years ago, give or take, I decided to become a hockey fan. No other pastime is simultaneously as diligent about its facts, as blindly invested in its legends, or as resistant to new kinds of stories. That was a revelation, too. Sep 07, Chad added it. Strange how Don DeLillo’s distanced himself from Amazonswhich, with its deadpan asides, repetitions, absurd interactions and set pieces, uniquely foregrounds his comic approach.
It stands with his best comic work, and I prefer it to some of his “real” novels. Some of the dialogue here is strikingly similar and the rational and overwhelmed central female protagonist, Lenore Beadsman, struggling through a world of neurotic men in Wallace’s novel seems heavily based on Cleo Birdwell and her many suitors.
This to me felt like the second part of a two-part investigation Delillo was conducting in the late ’70s in which he was trying to write fully-formed female characters that were also sexually open without being a one-dimensional male fantasy. Some are sweet, some mean well, but many of them especially the aforementioned Sanders Meade don’t realize how lucky or broken they are. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.