'An extraordinarily funny book on a serious subject, effortlessly combining social comedy, disaster, fiction and philosophy ...hilariously, and grimly, successful' Daily Telegraph Jack Gladney is the creator and chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill. This is the story of his absurd life; a life that is going well enough, until a ...
'An extraordinarily funny book on a serious subject, effortlessly combining social comedy, disaster, fiction and philosophy ...hilariously, and grimly, successful' Daily Telegraph Jack Gladney is the creator and chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill. This is the story of his absurd life; a life that is going well enough, until a chemical spill from a rail car releases an 'Airborne Toxic Event' and Jack is forced to confront his biggest fear - his own mortality. White Noise is an effortless combination of social satire and metaphysical dilemma in which DeLillo exposes our rampant consumerism, media saturation and novelty intellectualism. It captures the particular strangeness of life lived when the fear of death cannot be denied, repressed or obscured and ponders the role of the family in a time when the very meaning of our existence is under threat. 'An astonishing novel ...unforgettable ...nearly every page crackles with memorable moments and perfectly turned phrases ...dizzying, darkly beautiful fiction' Sunday Times
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Very Good in Very Good jacket. Viking Adult. 1985. Hardcover. First Edition. Light grey, quarter-bound, cloth boards show mild sunning along the top edges. Cover shows a mild stain of what appears to be coffee. Dust jacket has been cleaned and is in a protective archival sleeve, but shows apparent yellowing from being in a smoker's home. Book does NOT however, smell of smoke. This is a handsome copy showing some wear.
Good. First Edition. First edition. No jacket; mild shelfwear-but nothing severe. Previous owner's signature. Corner cut from the first page. We try to note every flaw we can find, and we are quite picky, so buy with confidence! 100% guaranteed!
Good. The dust jacket has some wear, with minor nicks and tears on the top and bottom. Majority of pages are unmarked; some pages have underlining, highlighting, and/or notes. Book is useable with a solid shape and spine. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
Good/Fair. 0670803731 First edition. Pages and text are clean. Tight binding. Unfortunately the dust jacket is stuck to the book on the front and rear flaps. 1/2" tear on lower end of spine. A faint spot of toning on the FFEP.
Very Good in Good jacket. FPT but no number line. Copy is free from odors and stains. Some cutting errors around page 30 (from publisher). Please inquire if? 's! Jacket has some rubbing along the edges. Very nice copy!
Good. 0670803731 original 1st US edition, 1st printing; book has glue residue on endpapers behind the DJ flaps, rest is VG. DJ has glue residue on underside of DJ flaps, not visible on front, else the DJ is VG+, not price clipped. mylar cover added.
Very Good. No Jacket. Advance Reading Copy/Proof 1985 Viking Press First edition ARC or Uncorrected Proof ( though not marked as such) but with the usual Viking Press First Edition on the copyright page. In VG condition with just a bit of dirt along the edges and on crease/tear along the top right corner.
This book was a really interesting read. I had always thought of DeLillo as 'one of those post-modern writers,' and after reading Pynchon, I was expecting something similarly disjointed and abrupt. I was delighted to find a quieter post-modernism, no less radical - in some ways more - but gentler about it. DeLillo allows the reader to read this book like it is a story AND gives commentary on all aspects of life and litcrit. In some ways he also reminds me of Dickens and the other classics; his sentences seem to contain more than the sum of their words. The title is pervasive throughout the book, as the stream-of-conscious-type narration is filled with small non-sequitor 'white noise.' This is going on the shelf with half a dozen other books that I consider to be a perfect pleasure to read.
Publishers Weekly, 1985-11-15 Chairman of the department of Hitler studies at a Midwestern college, Jack Gladney is accidently exposed to a cloud of noxious chemicals, part of a world of the future that is doomed because of misused technology, artifical products and foods, and overpopulation. PW appreciated DeLillo's ``bleak, ironic'' vision, calling it ``not so much a tragic view of history as a macabre one.'' January (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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