White Noise

DeLillo, Don (Book - 1986)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Jack Gladney, a professor of Nazi history at a Middle American liberal arts school, and his family try to handle normal family life as a black cloud of lethal gaseous fumes threatens their town.
Authors: DeLillo, Don
Statement of Responsibility: Don DeLillo
Title: White noise
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1986
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: "Elisabeth Sifton books."
A novel
Summary: Jack Gladney, a professor of Nazi history at a Middle American liberal arts school, and his family try to handle normal family life as a black cloud of lethal gaseous fumes threatens their town.
Subject Headings: Middle West. fast (OCoLC)fst01240052 Stepfamilies. fast (OCoLC)fst01133080 Industrial accidents. fast (OCoLC)fst00970769 Death. fast (OCoLC)fst00888613 College teachers. fast (OCoLC)fst00868114 Humorous fiction. gsafd Death Fiction Middle West Fiction Stepfamilies Fiction College teachers Fiction Industrial accidents Fiction
Indexed Term: Stepfamilies Fiction
Middle West Fiction
Industrial accidents Fiction
Death Fiction
College teachers Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Stepfamilies
Industrial accidents
College teachers
Humorous fiction
College teachers
Industrial accidents
LCCN: 85012097
ISBN: 0140077022
Branch Call Number: FIC D
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Mar 21, 2014
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

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

Sep 20, 2011
  • LifeofCat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 28, 2011
  • harkij rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 21, 2008
  • vickiz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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