White Noise, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


'An extraordinarily funny book on a serious subject, effortlessly combining social comedy, disaster, fiction and philosophy ...hilariously, and grimly, successful' Daily Telegraph Jack Gladney is the creator and chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill.

This is the story of his absurd life; a life that is going well enough, until a chemical spill from a rail car releases an 'Airborne Toxic Event' and Jack is forced to confront his biggest fear - his own mortality.

White Noise is an effortless combination of social satire and metaphysical dilemma in which DeLillo exposes our rampant consumerism, media saturation and novelty intellectualism.

It captures the particular strangeness of life lived when the fear of death cannot be denied, repressed or obscured and ponders the role of the family in a time when the very meaning of our existence is under threat. 'An astonishing novel ...unforgettable ...nearly every page crackles with memorable moments and perfectly turned phrases ...dizzying, darkly beautiful fiction' Sunday Times




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Possibly because I share the same paralyzing fear as the main character, possibly because I am a true postmodernist at heart, possibly because I aspire one day to be in academia at a place like College-on-the-Hill, this book spoke to me on such a deep level. I turned every page thinking, "YES this is EXACTLY how I feel too." This book inspired a complete spectrum of emotion--laughter, tears, fear, joy, etc. Delillo's prose and character development are simply stunning. I would recommend this to everybody who struggles with the knowledge of their mortality or who loves post-modernism. This is a phenomenal work.

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An interesting piece of work with moments of humour as one man struggles with his mortality.

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I read "White Noise" by Don DeLillo for my book group. I tried to read "Underworld", around the time it came out, and chose to abandon it. I know five other readers who had the same experience with "Underworld". I was therefore relieved to discover that "White Noise" is a more accessible, amusing and readable book. That said, there isn't much of a plot and most of the book details numerous inconsequential, every day occurrences and conversations. There's much to enjoy, however my initial relief gave way to slight boredom with the meandering nature of the book. The book's characters are an interesting bunch that all centre around an extended small town family. As the "story" unfolds several themes emerge - death and mortality, consumerism, technology, and authenticity - which are playfully explored. It is only in final third of the book there is any semblance of a conventional plot and the death theme, that runs throughout the book, becomes more explicit.Recommended if you enjoy clever and digressive satirical novels with various levels of meaning to ponder. 3/5

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