White Noise

By Don DeLillo,

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The National Book Award-winning classic from the author of Underworld and Libra-an "eerie, brilliant, and touching" (New York Times) family drama about mass culture and the numbing effects of technology-soon to be a major motion picture starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig

White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney,…

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2 authors picked White Noise as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I couldn't stop smiling as I listened to the bizarre story of Jack Gladney, professor of Hitler studies, and the travails of his strange, colorful blended family as they deal with an 'airborne toxic event'.

When Jack finds out that his wife is taking an experimental drug, he determines to find out why, and the reason gives the third act a real poignancy, even if it's no less bizarre than what preceded it. White Noise is a lot fun to read; a modern masterpiece. 

MortalityWhite Noise is not so much a novel. To me, it's more of a wildly amusing collection of clever observations about life. The book's protagonist is a professor of Hitler studies, something he invented. And that's not the last thing he invents. He's invented a patchwork family of absurd proportions. In fact, he invents so much that he doesn't know what to believe. And there we are at the center of this novel: what can we believe in when we don't even know if death is finite or if there is life after death. The absurdity of mortality…

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