White Noise

White Noise

Book - 1985
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, 1985.
ISBN: 9780670803736
0670803731
Branch Call Number: DELI
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 24 cm.

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avocadotree
Mar 06, 2017

the perfect book at the perfect moment. we spend our entire lives preparing for the moment of death. Better you than I. I focus on breathing and just hope death isn't cold. Like in a freezing hospital with polyester sheets and lysol. And death should be free somehow. It seems like to die is somewhat expensive.

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PearlyBaker
Jan 19, 2017

In the 80's I woke up early to get high before school and if I would have known that 30 years later I would not only be alive but waking up early for power, sculpt, cardio, core, yoga I would have taken much better care of myself. I lived an excessively vigorous life in the 80's, 90's and beyond and am surely due some sort of Karmic retribution. So I have an ongoing list of books I will read as soon as I get the terminal diagnosis that includes everything by Irvine Welsh, Kurt Vonnegut and now I am going to add White Noise to boot. I was so impressed with this piece that I will attempt to read some of Don's other novels that I found almost unreadable at first glance but may be in a better place for today.

geezr_rdr Mar 21, 2014

The novel is worth reading for some of the well written insightful satire. More of an example for college creative writing than a must read for high school.

mdiga123 Mar 15, 2014

I have been 10 one one copy for a month is there something wrong here?? thanks.

LifeofCat Sep 20, 2011

Don't worry; this novel has no relation to the terrible movie starring Michael Keaton.

Instead, this hilarious and insightful read is a great example of postmodern literature, without being too convoluted for the everyday reader.

Facing our own mortality isn't easy; this novel faces that fear with many a' snicker.

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harkij
Apr 28, 2011

A parody of our morbid curiosity in tragic events, our paralyzing and absurd fear of death, and our obsession with material possesssions. Author poses some interesting ideas. However, I found his writing style monotonous and repetative, so for me it was hard to get into. It would read better as a play.

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vickiz
Dec 21, 2008

Amazingly visionary satire on the chemical and electronic hum that surrounds us all, clouds our reasoning and distracts us from what should be important in our lives ... but doesn't distract us enough to ameliorate our base fears. Sometimes downright hilarious and often very touching, this is a stunning book.

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