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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 the Audio CD edition.
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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 was mesmerized by the language and completely charmed by the dialogue -- especially conversations between the protagonist (Jack) and his young son, Heinrich, who often enough seems to be the parent rather than the child.
“It’s going to rain tonight,” says Heinrich in the car on the way to school.
“It’s raining now,” says Jack.
(Long descriptive paragraph about driving him to school in the rain).
“Look at the windshield,” Jack says. “Is that rain or isn’t it?”
“I’m only telling you what they said.”
(Long descriptive paragraph on the unreliability of our senses).
“Is it raining,” Jack says, “or isn’t it?”
“I wouldn’t want to have to say.”
“What if someone held a gun to your head?”
Long two sided satirical conversation between father and son on rain, truth, philosophy, sophistry, solar systems, the elusiveness of time, language as illusion, uncertainty and chaos, ending with:
“I watched him walk through the downpour to the school entrance.”
If you’ve ever raised a willful child (meaning hard-headed, smart and contrary), this conversation will ring true and hilarious.
The children in this book are bright, watchful, intuitive, joyful and disarming. They reveal what the essence of life should be, I think, while the adults muddle their way in and out of their paranoid fear of death; they are the children -- afraid of the dark.
This book is not exactly a romp, though it is very funny in parts. I loved it, not for its wisdom, not for its meditation on death or the answer to death – existentialism, but for the free exploration into the nature of modern society, the “white noise” and how that noise may ultimately distract us from our most important goal in life – to figure out what it’s all about.
The White Noise of the title refers of course to so much radio and TV chatter (waves and radiation), ubiquitous consumer ads and grocery products, and the general mishegas expounded and discussed by many of his characters; but the term is also offered as a conjecture for death. What is death like, wonder university professor Jack Gladney (who spearheads a department of Hitler studies) and his fourth wife Babbette (whose "fanatical blond mop" of hair and ample size give her "a certain seriousness"), could it all be nothing but a steady hiss of noise forever and ever?
After an entire episode parodying a catastrophic massive chemical leak which is eventually dubbed The Airborne Toxic Event, DeLillo logically ties in the theme of thanatophobia (death anxiety), but subsequently throws in a few twists here and there, involving pharmaceuticals and German nuns.
You can see flashes here of the author's later work as he seems often to: veer off topic, use non-sequitur and absurdist plot, yet with strong characterizations and interlacing motifs, satisfactorily link everything together in time for his ultimate scene.
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You should read this book, for yourself, not for me; I don't really care what you end up doing, as long as it doesn't affect me.