White Noise

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'America's greatest living writer.' - Observer 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 Don DeLillo exposes our rampant consumerism, media saturation and novelty ...

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Emily B

Feb 24, 2011

White Noise

This book was a really interesting read. I had always thought of DeLillo as 'one of those post-modern writers,' and after reading Pynchon, I was expecting something similarly disjointed and abrupt. I was delighted to find a quieter post-modernism, no less radical - in some ways more - but gentler about it. DeLillo allows the reader to read this book like it is a story AND gives commentary on all aspects of life and litcrit. In some ways he also reminds me of Dickens and the other classics; his sentences seem to contain more than the sum of their words. The title is pervasive throughout the book, as the stream-of-conscious-type narration is filled with small non-sequitor 'white noise.' This is going on the shelf with half a dozen other books that I consider to be a perfect pleasure to read.

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