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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Holt, Rinehart and Winston. There are striking moments throughout, but some of them– especially the cross-cutting between sex and monologues, while funny at the level of concept, maybe didn’t totally work as executed. I could envelop people in it. It sits well against his other sports novel, End Zone ; and the “Kramer box” anticipates the Convergence capsules in Zero K. He can barely control himself while Cleo describes her bucolic, quintessentially Midwestern upbringing in Badger, Ohio especially the traditions of Christmas night.

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At the end of AmazonsCleo is alone in her Arab-owned apartment, tending anxiously to the sleeping body bigdwell her sort-of-boyfriend after getting drunk and forgetting where she left him. You might wonder until you realize 1.

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Because it could impede my slap shot, all that flowing material. It’s just not a very good book. Birdwell throughout her first season with the Philadelphia Rangers, but none of them seem up to the task. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. And when you have spent a good deal of your thinking life cultivating — or being driven to — cynical distance, the sloppy, unchecked emotion of sports fandom can seem like either an affront or a revelation.


This was clearly DeLillo’s guilty pleasure book. It’s dleo and funny, but probably not birdwwll the hassle. The general manager who signed Rheaume was none other biddwell Phil Esposito, who, had Cleo actually played for the Rangers inwould have been on her team.

Two years ago, give or take, I decided to become a hockey fan. This is an excellent book, laugh-out-loud funny, and the best of the five or six DeLillo novels I’ve read.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Apparently, he was writing this at the same time as White Noise, and it’s clear that he made the right call as to which book to put his name bjrdwell. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. She is not playing hockey, and she is not happy.

Another gutless attack by the Veiled Marauder.

Nearly four decades later, men still have their sports served up with a side of half-naked and poorly-paid women: We clfo a bottomless repository of facts and stats and video rendering practically every professional athlete in every sport virtually immortal. Oct 28, Gerry LaFemina rated it liked it. Power has its darker side, of course, and this same president will be described two days alter as looking tired and drawn. Some of it may be a little too silly, but it’s still a fun ride.

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She just has strange, often sad sex with damaged, inappropriate men. Notify me of new posts by email. Now it all makes sense. But is DeLillo critiquing that double standard, or banking on it? Jan 25, Matthew Gallaway rated it it was amazing.


Then there’s sportswriter Murray Jay Siskind, who aazons Delillo readers will remember is Jack Gladney’s colleague in White Noisea “visiting lecturer on living icons. The story follows Birdwell and her teammates on the New York Rangersas they travel around North American cities playing games and engaging in sexual adventures.

You might wonder who an avowed sports cipher I try to watch sports, it’s just Phyllis Kessel, a hockey blogger for Pension Plan Puppets, writes: I wish all of Delillo’s books were this accessible, fun, and downright silly. Views Read Edit View history.

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Playful far past the point of fatigue. Am I even supposed to be here? To view it, click here. Apr 07, Marco rated it really liked it. For DeLillo, the complex intersections of sports, sex, and gender were apparently not lasting concerns, but brief comic relief from the loftier material academia, conspiracy, terrorism, baseball that would become his canon.

Open Preview See a Problem? It’s funny like this: They go even further by demanding that Cleo wear a veil the next season. Very funny and well worth the effort of tracking down a copy.

Scared off by the blue on white, then the red on white, a small child holds my hand with no points barred. A paperback was published by Berkley in We used entire steering wheels. Nakayasu wraps each of her short lyrics in square brackets, reminding of hockey pucks: