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Il "rumore bianco" del titolo è il suono che ossessiona il protagonista del romanzo: forse è una semplice emissione della "partitura panasonica" in cui siamo immersi ogni giorno, oppure un minaccioso messaggio in codice. Jack Gladney, studioso di Hitler e direttore di un dipartimento di studi hitleriani nella sua università, tiene un corso sul fascino ipnotico esercitato d ...more
Paperback, Einaudi tascabili, 394 pages
Published 1999 by Einaudi (first published 1985)
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Oct 08, 2007 amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for people who take pills for a reason
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 discuss ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
Apr 13, 2012 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
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May 01, 2017 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So......I finally read this.....enjoyed 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? REAL
Ooh look! It's a can. Looks like it might have worms inside. Let's open it up again.

Updated (i.e. "final") review: March 30th, 2008

So. I had read three quarters 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 enlighte
Apr 30, 2012 Jenn(ifer) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: believers
Recommended to Jenn(ifer) by: the sentry to the island of misfit toys

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 ramblings)


This book smells like napalm. It sounds like air being slowly released from a balloon. It tastes like ashes of the American dream.

I wander the city, invisible earmuffs blocking out the sounds, eyes glued to pages, smile glued to my face. People look at me as
Dec 20, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 forever.

It'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, bu
May 03, 2008 Dorothea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hipster nihilists
Recommended to Dorothea by: My Dad!
Reading White Noise by Don DeLillo is the literary equivalent of 18 paranoid hours of non-stop channel surfing while chain-smoking and nursing a migraine in a smoggy, over-crowded city. On meth.

Do 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, a
Jan 06, 2012 B0nnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What if death is nothing but sound....electrical noise….you hear it forever…sound all around…uniform, white.”
white noise
Think about that. Death: white noise. A metaphor for the substance of nothingness.

However you wish to describe it, death casts a large black shadow on us. It covers human beings but not animals - because animals are not afraid of death. Get rid of that shadow, problem solved…

What if there were a pill that that fixes the fear-of-death part of the brain and cures you of this "condi
Ian "Marvin" Graye
100 Words in Search of a Precis (For Those of Us Who Prefer the Short Form of Stimulation)

At its heart, “White Noise” is a comic dramatization of the fear of death.

In modern consumer society, we are only fulfilled if our shopping bags are filled full.

We do it in crowds. It must be right, if we’re all doing it. It’s part of the natural order. It’s “ordernary”.

It’s a collective delusion, “a convenient fantasy, the worst kind of self-delusion,” designed to distract us from our incapacitation in t
Violet wells
“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 quite credible – the characters are too eloquent, 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
Stephen M
Jul 05, 2011 Stephen M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: obras-maestras
After getting through this book for a third time, I'm still blown away by it. Although the social satire becomes more obvious on multiple readings, there are more than enough mind-blowing moments to make it worthwhile. I still have a few questions.

What does Wilder crying at the end mean? Is that him finally speaking? Or is it some semblance of hope?

Is Dylar real? Is it a placebo?

What happens to Mr. Gray at the end? At one moment he is about to die, then the next it cuts away to an argument about
Jan 13, 2010 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100, classic-lit
A few years back, shortly after Katrina had her way with New Orleans, Time magazine did a cover story about how Americans prepare and cope with disasters. And we don’t do well with them. The story pointed out that while Americans love to obsess about all the potentially horrible things that can happen, we refuse to take actions to prevent or minimize their impact because we don’t want to admit that they’re really possible.

That’s why Americans will freak out if you try to spend a few hundred mill
Jonathan Ashleigh
This book should be read by everyone who is planning on dying. The teenage boy is the best character and he isn't given enough attention, but still, this book is well worth anyone's time. Don DeLillo helped inspire the likes of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk. For that, I am thankful he and this book exist.
Mar 21, 2010 Megha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I am having a very difficult time trying to decide if White Noise is actually an intelligent work which I completely failed to understand. Or is it just one of those novels which try to sound all smart and deep and profound, but do not actually make much sense.

The characters are all strange, the dialogue and prose is weird. It is perhaps not rare for authors to create characters that are unsentimental, and totally incapable of having a normal conversation. But I find it difficult to appreciate s
Paul Bryant
Oct 12, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I saw to my consternation that I'd given two stars to this smirkfest yet stuck it on my Finally Threw it At the Wall shelf. This is a contradiction. So : One Star For You, Mr DeLillo. Fuck off.
Rakhi Dalal
Mar 19, 2014 Rakhi Dalal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: compelling
Every man discriminates between the voluntary acts of his mind, and his involuntary perceptions, and knows that to his involuntary perceptions a perfect faith is due. He may err in the expression of them, but he knows that these things are so, like day and night, not to be disputed.

-----------R.W.Emerson, Nature

White noise compellingly carries with it an inexorable clamour which seems to characterize the kind of lives that are lived today: a fear, panic or anxiety; of death, things terrible or
Feb 23, 2008 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers being raised in suburbia who totally hate it/their parents
Recommended to Christy by: Someone who thought confronting consumerism was shocking.
I noticed there is a "Don Delillo's White Noise: A Reader's Guide" out there. I find that funny, but also somewhat offensive.

I'll come right out a say that I don't like Delillo, and am shocked by people who claim that he is a "good writer." Is being a good author the same as being a good writer? Shouldn't an author have something worthwhile to say, and shouldn't he be able to keep us interested while doing so? His characters are terribly one-note, his dialogue painfully contrived. I've decided t
May 12, 2009 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two waves of strangeness collide in this wacky, Edward Albeeesque yarn of radiation via ultraconsumerism. There is the Gladney clan: a bunch of misfits straight out of Wes Anderson. Then there is the undertow of dread carried like a fog through wires and the air itself... something that interests the likes of filmmaker Cronenberg.

There is an obvious wit in the minutiae over-explained by the Gladneys. These Americans are as eccentric as they get, which is why the plot doesn't get old. The father
Feb 18, 2009 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
I put this book on my 2009 Literary Resolutions List, which comprises 15 books culled from Time's List of the 100 Greatest Novels since 1920. I thought it was a novelization of that movie where Michael Keaton hears dead people. I was wrong.

I really didn't like this book. It annoyed, irritated, and grated on me.

The book follows Jack Gladney, who is a professor of Hitler Studies (a throwaway joke that is stretched throughout the entire book) at an eastern college. He's on his fourth marriage to
Apr 07, 2008 Marco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: smart people who don't get fat on American Idol.
This is probably the most accessible of Delillo's works, the one which I could pull off my shelf, dust off it's weathered skin, and hand to you, saying, "This is what the master does best." Or something a little less Masterpiece Theatre-y, but you get my drift.

It also contains a single line that probably sums up his entire literary career: "All plots move deathward."

Wikipedia talks about the book being a "absurdist family drama combined with academic satire." Yeah, that's a good start. Really,
Oct 28, 2016 Roula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"εκει καταληγει ολη η ιστορια στο τελος.εναςωανθρωπος περναει τη ζωη του αποχαιρετωντας τους αλλους.το προβλημα ειναι πως μπορει να αποχαιρετησει κανεις τον εαυτο του."

Για να ειμαι ειλικρινης , τον τελευταιο καιρο που εχω ασχοληθει με τα βιβλια του DeLillo, εχω παρατηρησει οτι τα συναισθηματα μου εχουν μια συγκεκριμενη σειρα: αρχικα δεν καταλαβαινω που το παει και ειμαι μπερδεμενη. στη συνεχεια ειμαι πεπεισμενη οτι γραφει απλα οτι του κατεβει στο κεφαλι και απογοητευομαι.τελικα ανακαλυπτω οτι ο
MJ Nicholls
Sep 28, 2012 MJ Nicholls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, merkins
So White Noise seems to divide people entirely on matters of literary style, which is understandable. Once you accept the skewed reality of Delillo’s world, which isn’t particularly hard to do, you can take pleasure from the “unrealistic” dialogue and the surrealistic happenings as they happen, surrealistically. Otherwise, this is a straightforward book “about death”—theme-wise, this about as simple as they come. Delillo’s style for me was incredibly original, utterly engrossing and extremely fu ...more
B the BookAddict
Oct 12, 2013 B the BookAddict rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: This Day in Literary History thread in AAB group
Shelves: bingo-challenge

White Noise is Don DeLillo’s eighth novel and was written in 1985. Set at a Midwestern college, it follows a year in the life of Jack Gladney, a professor who has made his name by pioneering the field of Hitler studies. Jack has been married five times to four different women and is bringing up a brood of children and stepchildren with his current wife, Babette. The couple share a morbid fear of death and frequently lay in bed discussing which one of them wants to die first. A chemical spill, an
Edward Lorn
Mar 03, 2017 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks
As I see it, I have two options.

1. Write a spoiler review full of quotes and plot summary.

2. Call Don Delillo's eighth novel a perfect experience and end this review here.

Sep 02, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, usa
E’ molto difficile commentare questo libro. Parlare della trama banalizzerebbe il romanzo, ricchissimo di riflessioni sociologiche e anche filosofiche che si esprimono soprattutto nei dialoghi tra i protagonisti, sempre profondi pur nella quotidianità in cui si svolgono, quella di una famiglia americana. Ogni parola è precisa e incisiva come se avesse una sua propria ragion d’essere: per questo la lettura richiede cura ed attenzione particolari, ed è sempre per questo motivo che non è possibile ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Solistas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Σχεδόν δεν θυμάμαι την τελευταία φορά που γελούσα για τρεις ολόκληρες μέρες μόνος μου, ότι δηλαδή μου συνέβη με αυτό το αριστουργηματικό βιβλίο, όπου ο Ντελίλο με τον προσωπικό και σουρεαλιστικό τρόπο του σχολιάζει την αμερικανική κοινωνία των 80s κ σχεδόν προβλέπει όσα θα συνέβαιναν σχεδόν τρεις δεκαετίες αργότερα, στο απώγειο της υπερπληροφόρησης και του υπερκατανωλιτισμού.

Ο Τζακ, διευθυντής τμήματος Χιτλερικών Σπουδών (κλάδος δικιάς του έμπνευσης), τρέμει στην ιδέα του θανάτου, όπως κάνει κ η
May 28, 2016 SARAH rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
دیوانگی محض وسط این همه کتاب نیمه کاره،کتابهایی که درست مثل غذایی گرم ،دیگه از دهن افتادند و سرد شدند،بعضیها هم اصلا فاسد شدند،یهو یه کتاب جدید رو شروع کنم .....اما واقعا این اثر یه چیز دیگه است...
از این دست اتفاق ها زیاد میافته کتابی رو مدتهاست منتظرشی و بعد یه مدت زمان طولانی انتظار کشنده ... میان یه عالم کتاب نیمه خونده ی کمی حوصله سر بر با پست سفارشی به دستت میرسه،یکم بد بیاری ؛یه کم تنبلی باعث میشه خوندنش طول بکشه .و حالا نظرم خیلی مثبت نیست .مدام در فصل های ابتدایی کتاب به خودم میگفتم چرا
Camille Stein
Aug 11, 2013 Camille Stein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Michael Cho's Sketchbook: Penguin Classics - Don DeLillo's White Noise Book Jacket Art -

—A eso se reduce todo al final — dijo—. Nos pasamos la vida despidiéndonos de los demás. Pero, ¿cómo despedirnos de nosotros mismos?


Resulta admirable cómo DeLillo aborda la realidad: de forma frívola en ocasiones; a veces como si se tratara de algo sobrenatural, dotado de una textura interna y escondida cuya clave resulta en apariencia ininteligible. Si hay algo de lo que no carece est
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Aug 21, 2008 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Think About Death-Anxiety and Technology and Entertainment
Shelves: fiction
DeLillo is pretty quotable. Here's a few from White Noise:

"How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn't they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a little while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from ea
Aug 11, 2011 Rayroy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part One: Discovery in a National Book Store

Some books have such profound impacts on the reader, that it changes the way the reader thinks, the reader remembers the book crystal clear in his head years later, and the reader will never be the same anymore. That book for me is Don DeLillo's “White Noise”, unlike anything I read at the time and I became obsessed a little with it.

As best as I can estimate at the moment it was eight years ago that I found myself in the fiction section of Barnes a
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Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He currently lives outside of New York City.

Among the most influential American writers of the past decades, DeLillo has received, among author awards, a National Book Award (White Noise, 1985), a PEN/Faulkner Award (Mao II, 1991), and an American
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“No sense of the irony of human experience, that we are the highest form of life on earth, and yet ineffably sad because we know what no other animal knows, that we must die.” 246 likes
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