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White Noise: (Penguin Orange Collection) Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 18, 2016
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Better than any book I can think of, White Noise captures the particular strangeness of life in a time where humankind has finally learned enough to kill itself. Naturally, it's a terribly funny book, and the prose is as beautiful as a sunset through a particulate-filled sky. Nice-guy narrator Jack Gladney teaches Hitler Studies at a small college. His wife may be taking a drug that removes fear, and one day a nearby chemical plant accidentally releases a cloud of gas that may be poisonous. Writing before Bhopal and Prozac entered the popular lexicon, DeLillo produced a work so closely tuned into its time that it tells the future. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Chairman of the department of Hitler studies at a Midwestern college, Jack Gladney is accidently exposed to a cloud of noxious chemicals, part of a world of the future that is doomed because of misused technology, artifical products and foods, and overpopulation. PW appreciated DeLillo's "bleak, ironic" vision, calling it "not so much a tragic view of history as a macabre one." January
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I would note before reading it that this is really an extended tract on the fear of death. It's a lot more than that too, but if you're uncomfortable considering mortality, I would opt for another book. Realizing the efforts taken to obstruct this human condition inform most action, so it's not like one chapter or one section solely deals with the idea.
Anyway, great writing, fantastic critique of the time period and culture, and an oddly warm and inviting sense that we'll all die someday.
There is a great deal of artificiality that permeates the book, which mirrors the fluff and stuff of everyday life. The kids are hipper, wiser, more observant, and more questioning than the parents, who seem to be in constant deference mode to that pretentiousness. Even the simplest of conversations turn into a debate over what is meant or implied. Bits of irrelevant, offsetting popular culture are continually interjected in the narrative: advertising, television, tabloids, etc. It's in the consumption paradise of a brightly lit grocery store that the characters are most comfortable. Jack must shore up his teaching position by constructing a persona, including attire, suitable for a Hitler scholar while hiding the fact that he does not speak German. A disaster official looks at a community evacuation from a noxious gas cloud as merely an opportunity for training. Jack and Babette have an endless dialog over the fear of death, who will die first, and how to ameliorate the situation.
Some refer to the book as postmodernist. It is definitely commentary on absurdities, commercialism, contradictions, meaninglessness, etc. The characters and the plot are rather far-fetched, perhaps necessarily so. Some may prefer commentary on life to be more down-to-earth realistic.