White Noise

White Noise[PDF / Epub] ★ White Noise Author Don DeLillo – Heartforum.co.uk A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America Jack and hi A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America Jack and his fourth wife Babette bound by their love fear of death and four ultramodern offspring navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand name consumerism Then a lethal black chemical cloud unleashed by an industrial accident floats over their lives an airborne toxic event that is a urgent and visible version of the White Noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions sirens microwaves and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.

Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late th and early st centuries He currently lives outside of New York CityAmong the most influential American writers of the past decades DeLillo has received among author awards a National Book Award White Noise a PENFaulkner Award Mao II and an American.

White Noise MOBI Ä Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • White Noise
  • Don DeLillo
  • English
  • 16 December 2016
  • 9780140283303

10 thoughts on “White Noise

  1. amber says:

    My first Don DeLillo Not for people who use the word postulate My experience was almost entirely ruined by the used copy I received which had notes in the margins It says Help when Jack Gladney talks about Hitler on multiple pages Has this person never heard of Hitler? it says sheesh when his son Heinrich goes into a long winded ramble about brain chemistry and how he couldn't know what he really wants The best of all the marginal note stupidity from anonymous though is the discussion the Gladney's have on the way to the mall chapter 17 The family is making idle small talk trying to remember the name of the surfer movie I saw once where they travel all over the world They go back and forth incorrectly guessing the title before getting swept away into another discussion This reader wrote never ending summer underneath the last guess YOU ASSHOLE Who the hell were you trying to impress here? You knew the real name of the movie so you thought you would write it down in the margin? These are fictional characters not your dumb ass modern lit class And the jackass got the name of the movie wrong it's ENDLESS SUMMER you dumb fuck Good book

  2. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    I had this babysitter named Bernice who also was the postmistress of our wind swept Kansas town My mom would drop me off at the post office which I'm pretty sure using the post office as a day care may have been against regulation but this was small town America Bernice was ultra religious and obsessed with death She had me convinced that she had a pact with GOD that when her time came she would ascend on a cloud in the same manner as Jesus Christ She told me if I prayed fervently I too would receive this magnanimous non death and get my own cloud ride to heaven It was only a matter of weeks later that I robbed the post office My first felony at 4 Bernice was taking an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom and while she was distracted I filled my pockets with every coin from the wooden box cash register and walked the 14 of mile home to my house I was building a town on the kitchen table a churchcathedralpost office gas station and grocery store all the buildings I knew existed in my rather constricted universe My building material was these wonderful cylindrical metal pieces that I had liberated from the post office image error

  3. Elyse Walters says:

    SoI finally read thisenjoyed it I found myself comparing this book to a new family TV series with Eugene Levy called 'Schitt's Creek' The most entertaining FUNNY show I've seen in years The dialogue is hilarious in both 'White Noise' and 'Schitt's Creek' between the parents and kids Jack Gladney's friend Murray cracked me up He reminded me of one of the characters on 'Schitt's Creek' Most of this book was comical to me From the beginning I was shaking my head What? REALLY? Jack has been married 4 'times'? What woman in their right mind would marry a man who has been married 3 times before her? Jack's wife Babette had to be a little bonkers to marry Jack Reading for the blind was a perfect job for her she could relate to blindness first hand It was also funny that Jack worried about not being able the speak German even though he created a special program at the college where he teaches on Hitler studies Funny lines page after page Did I read this book right? Was it ok to laugh as much as I did?? I mean I know there seemed to be so much fear of deathbut somehow I found it comical than serious I thought it was an easy FUN READ a 'mild' satire fear of death digital frontier justice capitalism capitalist bashing in sortsconsumerismLove the wise ass savvy hip kidsPreposterous Fun DeLillo professionals? did I read it wrong?

  4. David says:

    Ooh look It's a can Looks like it might have worms inside Let's open it up again Updated ie final review March 30th 2008 So I had read three uarters of this and decided to chuck it but last night my compulsive side won over and I went ahead and finished it I still can't wrap my mind around the notion that I should somehow regard it as a great book of the 20th century and none of the 19 comments in this thread to date really addresses why I should So I am asking for enlightenmentTo sum up my three main difficulties with the booka dialog that is clunky to the point of unreadability It's so dreadful that I'm uite willing to believe it's deliberately implausible But assuming it's not just laziness and a tin ear why would an author make such a choice? What's the point? Giving DeLillo the benefit of the doubt and assuming he could have written believable dialog what is the point of not using his gifts to the best of his ability instead irritating the reader with substandard rubbishy 'conversations' that draw attention to their own lack of believability?b satire whose effect is similar to assaulting the reader with a blunt instrument Whether it's the repeated use of such tired and obvious devices as the random scattering of consumer product names throughout the text or having his protagonist lead the department of Hitler Studies there's nothing remotely smart about it This kind of heavy handed bludgeoning is the hallmark of a very inferior writer It insults the intelligence Authors are generally praised for demonstrating subtlety and wit why should DeLillo be given a pass? c The lousy dialog is symptomatic of a related problem the characters are thinly developed cartoonishly described to the point of caricature Not to mention aspects of the plot that don't even bother to approximate reality did you know that just rolling up your car window will create a hermetic seal preventing any and all gas exchange with the outside world? Again hardly ualities we associate with good writing So I'm left with the uestion why is DeLillo given a pass? At best if one believes he is capable of writing well in this book he's being incredibly lazy and just phoning it in Another possibility is that he's genuinely incompetent and actually mistakes his cartoonish efforts here for genuine wit Either way why should he be held to a lower critical standard? Because that's what seems to happen with this book People acknowledge that it is poorly written with characters that border on caricature that it's hard to read then go ahead and give it 4 or 5 stars anyway Why?my original comments start hereOK I'm 50 pages into this award winning effort and there's something I just don't get Why is this book stuffed with such gratingly implausible dialog throughout? It's so unspeakably bad I have to think it's deliberate But why? What would be the point? DeLillo has already made the uestionable choice to filter the entire story through the voice of a first person narrator who was already irritating by page 2 and isn't getting any likeable If none of the characters has a believable voice why should I read on? entered as supporting evidence I've bought these peanuts before They're round cubical pockmarked seamed Broken peanuts A lot of dust at the bottom of the jar But they taste good Most of all I like the packages themselves You were right Jack This is the last avant garde Bold new forms The power to shock Your wife's hair is a living wonderYes it is She has important hair I think I know what you mean Whatever's best for youI want you to choose It's sexier that wayOne person chooses the other reads Don't we want a balance a sort of give and take? Isn't that what makes it sexy? A tautness a suspense First rate I will choose There's not a human being on the planet who would say the boldfaced stuff Ever Further examples even egregious can be found famously in BR Myers's A Reader's Manifesto So why does this not bother all you readers who gave 5 stars to this book? Just askin'

  5. Dorothea says:

    Reading White Noise by Don DeLillo is the literary euivalent of 18 paranoid hours of non stop channel surfing while chain smoking and nursing a migraine in a smoggy over crowded city On methDo you want to know why this is one of the most important books of the 20th century? Because it's a good example of the postmodern simulacra absurdist philosophy that plagued the latter half of the 20th century and still plagues us today I felt bleak and empty for several days after reading this book and I'm still recoveringIt had a lot of potential It could have been a great commentary on life in a media saturated society that worships safety and bright colors in the temples of grocery stores a society that will suffocate in the toxic by products of its own vain materialistic pleasures conveniences and distractions But a great commentary would have been too meaningful and after all this is the age of negation and disorder wherein everything is turned inside out and to live fully without fear is to kill freely without hesitation This is the age of futility wherein the best artists have to be indifferent or even hostile to supreme coherence and only depictions of anti heroism will be praised and given National Book AwardsDeLillo is a talented writer but he wasted his talent in this work and missed an important opportunity to demand change Don't get me wrong I'm not upset with his depiction of a dystopic American setting The Toxic Airborne Event was brilliant timely and necessary but he never asks his readers to take even a cursory look at the causes and conseuences of our toxin producing lifestyle And it was right there I also take issue with his demonic proposal that there is liberation to be found in murder that there is no immortality that important psychic data can be gleamed from commercials and television programsYeah I know it's only fiction yeah I know he meant something else entirely turn it inside out and upside down and this is what he really meant have a Coke and a Dylar and put a bullet in my head it's opposite era

  6. Justin says:

    It's like how my mom still calls me if there is bad weather nearby or if I'm out driving on a holiday where the roads could be filled with people who had too much to drink It's like when the grocery store parking lots stay full when snow is on the way because people think they may be stuck inside their house foreverIt's like how the news can report on how Coke can kill you so you start drinking Diet Coke but then the artificial sweetener can give you cancer so you try to just drink water but there could be bacteria in it unless you use a filterI loved this bookIt took me a long time to read it not because I didn't like it but because I wanted to savor it take my time with it underline uotes let the dialogue marinate a little bitSo I should tell you that you can't go into the book looking for a thriller or an apocalyptic dystopian novel The plot isn't going to suck you in and keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next It's the conversations between the characters the wonderful way the sentences are structured the jump from one scene to another the commentary behind it all That's what you're getting intoThe book hits on death the media fear consumerism and It was written a little while ago but it didn't seem all that dated to me From the first few pages I knew I had stumbled upon something special Halfway through I was ready to tell the world to read it At the end I put the book down on my lap put my hands up to the sides of my head fingertips pressed gently into my hair then pulled my hands away while making the sound of an explosion uietly with my lips My mind was blown

  7. Jenn(ifer) says:

    If I had it my way as soon as you clicked on my review this song would blare from your speakers and the video is amazing; I would rather you watch it than read my nonsensical ramblingsThis book smells like napalm It sounds like air being slowly released from a balloon It tastes like ashes of the American dreamI wander the city invisible earmuffs blocking out the sounds eyes glued to pages smile glued to my face People look at me as if they want to know my secrets I promise not to tell Closer Let me whisper in your ear I’ll only give you glimpsesHeinrich Gerhardt Gladney is a cynic I want to get inside his head We’re all suffering from brain fade The airborne toxic event Cool name for a band? These guys thought so Not if you look like that it's notFear of death Fear of life Consumerism Commercialism Communism Toyota Celica Murray is a comic genius No frills The pills won’t save you Orest Mercator Going for the record Snakes biteElvis versus Hitler How about a hybrid? Might look like thisWhere were you when James Dean died? Dylar The most photographed barn in America Babette has very important hair Car crash seminars Déjà vu Ask the big important uestions Pointless conversations Strip malls Cable tvSex and death Death Life Death et cetera et cetera et cetera et ceteraIn the midst of life we are in death et cetera etceteraetceteraetceteraetceterainthemidstoflifeweareindeathetcetera”

  8. Violet wells says:

    “The world is full of abandoned meanings” White Noise takes place in a realm one small step removed from an easily recognisable reality – or “just outside the range of human apprehension” as DeLillo puts it On face value none of its characters or events are uite credible – the characters are too elouent the scenes too stage managed Why for example would people choose to go out in the open on foot to escape from a toxic cloud? Why not get in their cars or simply stay barricaded in their homes? So DeLillo can give us an image of a nomad biblical exodus because Delillo wants to strip down humanity to its rudiments in this novel – the fear of death and subseuent gullibility it induces to submit to all kinds of generalised information that will keep us safe He wants to show us how information is used to cower us into a herd mentality The Hitler warning always stalking the outer corridors of the novel “Put on a uniform and feel bigger stronger safer''White Noise on the surface is DeLillo’s most orthodox novel First person narrative Straightforward chronology Mainly domestic setting Lots of humour The novel’s white noise is the endless stream of misinformation we are subjected to in our lives Data has a viral role in this novel Data that rarely translates into wisdom The narrator Jack Gladney’s oldest son articulates this theme brilliantly “What can we do to make life easier for the Stone Agers? Can we make a refrigerator? Can we even explain how it works? What is electricity? What is light? We experience these things every day of our lives but what good does it do if we find ourselves hurled back in time and we can’t even tell people the basic principles much less actually make something that would improve conditions Name one thing you could make Could you make a simple wooden match that you could strike on a rock to make a flame? We think we’re so great and modern Moon landings artificial hearts But what if you were hurled into a time warp If a Stone Ager asked you what a nucleotide is could you tell him? How do we make carbon paper? What is glass? If you came awake tomorrow in the Middle Ages and there was an epidemic raging what could you do to stop it knowing what you know about the progress of medicines and diseases? Here it is practically the twenty first century and you’ve read hundreds of books and magazines and seen a hundred TV shows about science and medicine Could you tell those people one little crucial thing that might save a million and a half lives?”Children still unencumbered by fear of death are better and mysterious filters of information in the novel than the fear stricken adults The adults are both blinded and deafened by the wall of white noise of ubiuitous multimedia information because “the deeper we delve into the nature of things the looser our structure may seem to become” The children therefore often have to resist what passes as wisdom in the parents “The family is the cradle of the world's misinformation” As he becomes much intimate with the advent of his own death Gladney begins finally to glean wisdom from information “The air was rich with extrasensory material Nearer to death nearer to second sight I continued to advance in consciousness Things glowed a secret life rising out of them”White Noise not uite the masterpiece that is Underworld is a brilliant achievement his second best novel

  9. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    White Noise 1985 Don DeLillo White Noise is the eighth novel by Don DeLillo published by Viking Press in 1985 It won the US National Book Award for Fiction White Noise is an example of postmodern literature White Noise follows a year in the life of Jack Gladney a professor who has made his name by pioneering the field of Hitler studies though he hasn't taken German lessons until this year He has been married five times to four women and rears a brood of children and stepchildren Heinrich Denise Steffie Wilder with his current wife Babette Jack and Babette are both extremely afraid of death; they freuently wonder which of them will be the first to die The first part of White Noise called Waves and Radiation is a chronicle of contemporary family life combined with academic satire عنوانها برفک؛ سر و صدای سفید؛ نویز سفید؛ نویسنده دان دلیلو؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز سوم ماه جولای سال 2016 میلادیعنوان نویز سفید؛ نویسنده دان دلیلو؛ مترجم نوشین ریشهری؛ تهران، نغمه زندگی، 1390؛ چاپ دیگر 1393؛ در 447ص؛ شابک 9789642882946؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20م؛عنوان سر و صدای سفید؛ نویسنده دان دلیلو؛ مترجم محمدصادق رئیسی؛ تهران، روزگار، 1392؛ در 368ص؛ شابک 9789643744779؛عنوان برفک؛ نویسنده دان دلیلو؛ مترجم پیمان خاکسار؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1394؛ در 337ص؛ شابک 9786002295538؛ سبک سیاه و طنز، در کتابیکه جایزه ی بهترین کتاب ملی سال 1985میلادی، در ایالات متحده را از آن خود کرده است؛ «برفک» کتابی ست که مجله‌ ی تایم آن را در فهرست صد رمان برتر انگلیسی‌ زبان منتشر شده بین سال‌های 1923میلادی تا سال 2005میلادی آورده است؛ «برفک» در لیست یکهزارویک کتابیکه پیش از درگذشت باید آنها را خواند «گاردین» نیز، حضور دارد؛ در سال انتشارش جایزه‌ ی ملی کتاب آمریکا را دریافت کرد؛ در سال 2006میلادی، نیویورک‌ تایمز طی یک نظرسنجی از صدها نویسنده، و منتقد، و ویراستار، درخواست کرد تا بهترین آثار بیست و پنج سال بگذشته‌ در آمریکا را برگزینند؛ کتاب «برفک، اثر دان دلیلو» یکی از آنها بود؛داستان زندگی مردی ست که پنج بار ازدواج ناموفق داشته است؛ دو زن او در کار جاسوسی بودند، با یک نفر دو بار ازدواج میکند؛ از هر کدام فرزندانی دارد، که چند تن از آنها با مادرانشان، و مابقی با «جَک» زندگی میکنند؛ عنوان «برفک»، برای حضور مردیست، که «جک»، در پایان ماجرای این داستان، از حضورش با خبر میشود، اما چون از چهره اش یادی و خبری ندارد، عنوان «برفک» را، برای او برمیگزیند؛ داستان شاید شبیه زندگی یک استاد دانشگاه همچو ؛ یا دیگران شاید باشد؛ ا شربیانی

  10. Kevin Kelsey says:

    March 2018On a second read I think I got another 2 3% of it than last time I adore this bookJanuary 2016I really enjoyed this but I don't completely understand it yet I've got about 95% of it but that last 5% I think may only come after some rereading and maybe 20 additional years of life experience It feels like a book you could read several times over a life and always find a different meaning Heavily metaphorical very philosophical clever Death consumerism fear modern life existentialism nihilism etc

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