Underwhelming

first_imgI want to bottle-fuck you slowly with my sunglasses on. Well, there’s something to try out next time you’re in Filth. Yum. These are words spoken by Eric Packer, the central figure in Don DeLillo’s new novel, Cosmopolis (Picador, £16.99), to one of his many women. The moral throughout the book is the corrupting power of capital: DeLillo creates a Capitalist nightmare/ dream in which he places a man utterly devoid of human sensation. His only forays into feeling consist of bestial urges, eating and screwing. And abusing drink receptacles too, apparently. Ultimately, the super-rich, superbright twenty-something dot com entrepreneur discovers that his only hope of escape from a dampened existence is in his own destruction at the hands of a rambling former-employee. DeLillo has been internationally lauded and won many awards for critically acclaimed best-sellers like Americana and more lately, Underworld. I haven’t read either. If I were to judge this author by this book, I wouldn’t bother. It’s never nice admitting publicly that you aren’t impressed by a book, especially one that seems to promise so much. Reading it, you can’t help but feel that it’s a bit of a cop-out – the half-fulfilment of an idea that could be fascinating, were it not something we are already aware of and familiar with. His prose is blunt with its own poetic concision, but is never quite as punchy as he might have hoped. There are brilliantly executed moments in the novel. For example, some of the most interesting passages in the book are those that depict Packer’s thoughts as he lies awake before starting his day. The theme of order against disorder, patterns in chaotic economy, is also effective and cleverly wrought, as is Packer’s unsettling indifference to almost everything around him. Overall, though, it’s somewhat disappointing. It’s not that this book lacks style or interest – DeLillo’s images of a bleak, looming city are effective, as is the fragmented, passionless progress of Packer’s day, giving form to the notion of the loss of human sentiment. Once you grasp the direction in which the novel’s headed, though, nothing spectacular happens; maybe DeLillo intended this, but it doesn’t bring anything to the narrative itself.The flaw of this book is that it reveals nothing particularly new. We have now all heard of Anti- Capitalist movements, and their arguments; we have all witnessed immense political and corporate ambition. Cosmopolis, then, presents a strong dystopian vision, and one that is, in itself, not impossible to foresee. Read it, by all means, and enjoy its many strengths but don’t hope for much more than a depiction of how a modern yuppy realises the vapidity of his existence.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

Express duo cleared for league action

first_imgJohnny Levita in action against Wakiso Giants in preseason (file photo)WANKULUKUKU – Having missed the draw at home to URA and the 3-1 defeat away to Mbarara City due to International Transfer Certificates (ICT) issues, Express duo of Isaac Mutanga and Johnny Levita have been given the go ahead to start playing.After sorting everything out with their former side CD Bukavu Dawa of Congo, the pair is now expected to feature in Express’s next dual with Police FC when the league resumes next week.Defender Isaac Mutanga is on a return to Express after playing for the 6-time champions in the 2015-16 season. He was named assistant captain at the start of this season to deputise Julius Ntambi.Johny Levita is expected to be a mainstay in Kefa Kisala’s midfield department on the account of his impressive preseason exploits.Express who sit 13th on the log will play against Police FC at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo in their next league game on Tuesday 16th October.Comments Tags: Express FCpolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more