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White Noise: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – Deckle Edge, December 29, 2009
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"White Noise" is a book about death -- more specifically, our fear of death -- and how we have created a consumer infotainment paradise to distract us from our inevitable demise. But that description hardly does the book justice. There's more brilliance on any page of "White Noise" than I could hope to write in a lifetime.
DeLillo has a knack for finding deep meaning in common things -- like a supermarket. Characters are described as much by their postures and gestures as they are by words. Most of the important meanings of the book are left for readers to think on their own.
If you need a plot and lots of A-B-C action, please don't read White Noise. It's a book for people open to seeing the world in a different light. "White Noise" proves that there is nothing more reassuring than a disaster, and nothing more terrifying than the banal.
Now, this all recalls the dry writings of Heidegger or Baudrillard, but instead DeLillo will have you laughing til you cry with certain passages. We have a Professor who is head of the "Hitler Studies" department (one thing about information overload is that people specialize in minutiae). His colleague, Murray, who philosophizes over food labels, wants to start an "Elvis Studies" department.
The concept of the "hyperreal" is evoked. For example, there is a tourist site near the college. It has no other appeal than the fact that it is the "most photographed barn" in America. Throughout the book we see the characters, just like many of us, concentrate on image rather than substance.
I have noticed that there is a review below by a man that claims that neither he nor his "brilliant" wife the engineer found anything of interest in "White Noise". I, too, am an engineer and know, by the way, that most engineers find themselves (often victims of self-deception) "brilliant". I speculate that the reason they could not understand this book is that they are too submerged in the "white noise" world of consumerism and information. In addition to that many engineers are afraid to address the issue of the dark side of technology.
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"Isn't the definition of a serious event based on the fact that it's not an everyday occurrence?" a character in White Noise asks. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Abner Rosenweig
A true classic. Don Delillo is an incredible author and I enjoy reading his work very much. I love details and Delillo delivers fully in that area. Read morePublished 16 days ago by tara r
Having some experience at teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level but always as "adjunct" faculty as opposed to full time, I often wonder what would have happened... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Fred Forbes
I tried, but i just couldn't get into this book. 50 pages in and reading it still felt like a chore, so I gave up.Published 1 month ago by Chuck
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Jack is genuinely the most obnoxious and annoying narrator I have ever read from the perspective of in my entire life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jackie
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