Jake, September 12, 2006 (view all comments by Jake)
My first time reading the work of Don Delillo... and let me tell you, it was an unforgettable experience. Generally, when you read a book, you are transferred to a world that is something you wouldn't have otherwise known if the author hadn't put it to paper. For Delillo, the world we are living in opens the more ovbious truths of common day maladies, structures, and symbolisms. From page to page, White Noise kept me thinking about my day-to-day life, post 9/11, and how we are kept in the age of both conscious consumerism and fear. For me, this book was a wave of vitality. I would whole-heartedly recommend White Noise to anyone that stops to think about the recent developments in their less-than-ordinary American life.
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by Jayne Anne Phillips, The New York Times Book Review,
"It is in documenting such epidemic evasiveness and apprehension, such lack of connection to the natural world and to technology, such bewilderment, that White Noise succeeds so brilliantly....White Noise offers no answers, but it poses inescapable questions with consummate skill."
by Chicago Tribune,
"The most adventurous and original fiction in recent times."
by The New York Times,
"One of Delillo's funniest novels to date....Eerie, brilliant, and touching."
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.
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