Book Review: White Noise by Dan Delillo

White NoiseThis was a book I had not heard of before, but it was recommended to me. Reading it reminded me of the reading I did in my Contemporary American Literature class in college. Overall, I really enjoyed it!





This book is probably better if you don’t know too much of what it is about before you begin reading, so here is the description from Amazon:

“Winner of the National Book Award, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultra­modern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an “airborne toxic event,” a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the “white noise” engulfing the Gladneys-radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings-pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.”

My rating: 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and its commentary on society. Although it was written in the 80s, I think a lot of the ideas are still pretty relevant. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars is because I felt like there was a lack of focus in the book, although that may just be a lack of sophistication in my reading/interpretation. I would recommend this book to fans of Jonathan Franzen.

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