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

Don’t believe anything you read

first_imgBILDBlog catches Bild out… It draws up from the vault nine bits of speculation about the future of Jürgen Klinsmann, all from the pages of the German tabloid.Apparently he was going to go to one of:ChelseaLiverpool TottenhamLA Galaxy England national teamUSA national teamMexico national teamGermany national teamAustralia national teamHe went to Bayern Munich. Hmm. Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external linkslast_img

TRAGIC DAD SAYS HE HOPES NO FAMILY GOES THROUGH THE PAIN THEY ARE FEELING

first_imgThe father of a young man who died when the car he was working on collapsed on top of him has said he never wants any family to go through the same pain.Father-of-three John Campbell Jnr, 28, died on Tuesday evening last at his home in Kilcar.Gardai and the emergency services rushed to John Jnr’s home at Castlecarn but, despite attempts to save him, he passed away at the scene. Last night his dad, John Snr, said he and his family just wanted to express their thanks to so many people.“Just want to say thanks to so many people for their support and being there for the Campbell Family in the last few day.“You will never know how much your support has helped us at this time.“It has been a time I would never want anyone to go through. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart,” he said. Hundreds of people attended John Jnr’s wake including many sports people who called to see John Snr – a former chairman of Finn Harps.John is survived by wife Noelle, son Evan, daughters Mia and Ava, parents John and Helena, brother Gavin and sister Claire. TRAGIC DAD SAYS HE HOPES NO FAMILY GOES THROUGH THE PAIN THEY ARE FEELING was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpsJohn CampbellJohn Jnrkilcartragic deathlast_img read more