White Noise White Noise

White Noise

    • 3.9 • 284 Ratings
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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • An “eerie, brilliant, and touching” (The New York Times) modern classic about mass culture and the numbing effects of technology.

“Tremendously funny . . . A stunning performance from one of our most intelligent novelists.”—The New Republic

The inspiration for the award-winning major motion picture starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig


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 murmurings—pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1985
January 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
978.9
KB

Customer Reviews

Tew312 ,

DeLillo’s Frightening Crystal Ball

He never disappoints. While I’m sure he intended every page to be bristling with satire, this Reader, re-encountering those pages almost forty years later, finds it to be an insightful commentary, a piece of Non-Fiction depicting Suburban Consumerism in Pandemic, Facebook America.

White Noise captures every nuance of our technology-driven lives as our Death-obsessed Anti-Hero tries to cope with the day-to-day realities of Professional, Social and Family Life under the damaging influence of a Plague and the realization of his wife’s and children’s exposure to the Modern World’s overwhelming noise.

This novel could have been written in 2020. DeLillo’s prescience earned him Four Stars. ****

PerfidyPlanet ,

A must read

I loved this book the first time I read it, it's by far DeLillo's best work. If you like clever, witty books this will surely become your favorite. I wish they'd make a movie out of this book -- get the Coen brothers to adapt and direct it. Instant best picture of the decade. Yet as great as that would be to see, just reading the book, with DeLillo's brilliant prose, is the best entertainment to be found. I assure you that your iPad is woefully incomplete without "White Noise" in you iBook-shelf.

mikey434379 ,

Meaningless to this reader

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Lots of babble, lots of bull s….

Maybe DeLillo has something to say to someone is this dirge on life, but I couldn’t find it.

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