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White Noise - Don DeLillo
White Noise
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A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring,... show more
A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over there lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140283303 (0140283307)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.0 Read for Book Club
So this is the first DeLilo I've read. It is beautifully written, and it was strange to read this in the mid of lockdown. The book details a family dealing with a toxic spill in their city. The father is a professor of Hitler studies, the mother has multiple jobs. The kids are all different...
Shiftyj1
Shiftyj1 rated it
3.0 White Noise
I am not sure what I was expecting from this one since I had never heard of Don DeLillo prior to seeing my friend Edward’s review. I didn’t read the synopsis and didn’t look at any spoilery reviews, but pictured it to be something else entirely. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it ev...
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia rated it
0.0 White Noise by Don DeLillo
I don't know why but I just can't get this book finished. I've tried several times, and even buckled down and tried the audiobook (which went better), but I get 20-25% of the way through and just lose interest in the characters. The MC/Narrator in particular is just so ridiculously smug about everyt...
LunaLuss
LunaLuss rated it
5.0 Can we Outsmart Death?
I thought that I will not like this novel. I thought that all the fuss about it was exaggerated. I was wrong. I enjoyed this novel a lot. I laughed a lot while reading it. I liked the irony, the sarcasm, the tragic-attractive moods. I liked the contradictions and the writing style. In short I liked ...
EndaF
EndaF rated it
5.0 White Noise
Certainly seems like a great introduction to Delillo's work. Fantastic novel.
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