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White Noise (Contemporary American Fiction) (Paperback)

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I recently lost my Don DeLillo virginitiy and it was just as magical as I could have hoped and dreamed. What a man! What a writer! His style is perfect, and perfectly unique, and it suits the cadence of the book's plot so perfectly that, you know, it's perfect. It's a perfect book.

Good for:

  • Simple enjoyment of quality writing
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Moments of incredible insight
  • Smiling
  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions
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Winner of the National Book Award - a "eerie, brilliant, and touching" (New York Times) family drama about mass culture and the numbing effects of technology

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.

About the Author

Don DeLillo has written sixteen novels, including White Noise, which won the National Book Award. It was followed by Libra, his bestselling novel about the assassination of President Kennedy; Mao II, which won the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction; and the bestselling Underworld, which in 2000 won the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1999, DeLillo was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, given to a writer whose work expresses the theme of freedom of the individual in society. In 2010 DeLillo became the third author to receive the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. He was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013, and the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2015.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140077025
ISBN-10: 0140077022
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 7th, 1986
Pages: 326
Language: English
Series: Contemporary American Fiction