Underworld Readalong

Today it’s Don DeLillo’s birthday! To celebrate a few of us are going to read his epic masterpiece, Underworld, together.


It all started a few weeks ago when I discovered this post of 50 Incredibly Tough Books for Extreme Readers. Many are among my favourites and several of the others really appealed (especially The Tunnel by William Gass and JR by William Gaddis).  It started an interesting conversation on Twitter and a few of us decided to attempt Underworld together.

I’ve always wanted to try DeLillo’s writing, but I’m intimidated by this one. It is 827 pages long, has a meandering plot, and involves baseball. It doesn’t sound like my sort of thing at all, but I’m hoping that a group of supportive readers can help me reach the end. We’re planning to take it really slowly, reading just 30 pages a week. It would be great if you could join @utterbiblio, @booklovinggirl, @robchilver and me! Most of the discussion will be on Twitter #underworldreadalong,  but I’ll also post my thoughts on the blog once or twice as we go along.

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  1. Quite a read along, I would love to join in but I have so much on my plate at the moment. I look forward to reading your thoughts on twitter/here.

    1. Jackie says:

      Michael, It’s a shame you can’t join us, but I hope our thoughts will inspire you to read it at some point.

  2. Athira says:

    I was actually surprised that I did read one book from that list – Battle Royale. It’s pretty graphic but not really difficult. Good luck with Underworld. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    1. Jackie says:

      Athira, I haven’t read Battle Royale yet – I’m too scared! There seem to be a lot of different reasons that books are on that list and quite a few are there because the writing is disturbing, not difficult to read. Out by Natsuo Kirino falls into that category – I highly recommend you try that one :-)

  3. cbjames says:

    I’ve not been good with read-a-longs, but I am going to check out this list of 50 books for extreme readers!!!

    1. Jackie says:

      cbjames, That should entertain you for a few hours!

  4. Kailana says:

    I actually had Underworld on my TBR for ages but got rid of it in one of my purges. Good luck with your read-along!

    1. Jackie says:

      Kailana, That’s a shame, but thanks for the good wishes.


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