This 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.