McCarthy’s next book is rumored to feature 80+ pages on high school football before introducing the reader to each and every one of the 927 residents of Blooming Grove, Texas as characters (most of whom will bleed at some point in the book.)
And, actually, just read End Zone. It’s DeLillo writing about El Paso, Texas, which is the geographic setting for much of McCarthy’s writing, and you’ll see that they’re absolutely non-comparable. Not to say one is superior to the other, but . . . . . .
I really enjoyed End Zone, especially the “long” section about what nuclear weapons. Have not read it in a few years, but kind of remember how it described deadly texas summers in a way that made me remember being hot in texas.
What kinds of novels do you generally enjoy? DeLillo began his writing life by writing his suddenness, his humor, and his particular mellifluity in a handful of genre novels. If you’re partial to spy books, Running Dog is DeLillo’s version of one–(roughly) more Len Deighton than George Smiley–which I greatly enjoyed – I found it a quick, funny, weirdly dread-filled joke, which I think would make it an introduction fair both to a reader and to DeLillo.
(That’s the DeLillo line: filling with dread, sympathetically, by virtue of the events and filigree of the stories. That’s my estimate of his ambition and achievement, anyway.)