Jack Gladney teaches Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America where his colleagues include New york expatriates who want to immerse themselves in "American magic and dread." Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring,... show more
Jack Gladney teaches Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America where his colleagues include New york expatriates who want to immerse themselves in "American magic and dread." Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the usual rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives, an "airborne toxic event" unleashed by an industrial accident. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladney family--radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmerings--pulsing with life, yet heralding the danger of death.
Publish date: January 7th 1986
Pages no: 326
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
I have a really hard time with these types of books. It had no real plot. It just sort of meandered along with all of the characters being hopelessly cynical about life and death. I felt like the author could have made his point in 100 pages rather than three times that many. Maybe it is me - I ...
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...
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...
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 ...
Certainly seems like a great introduction to Delillo's work. Fantastic novel.