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Don DeLillo's White Noise: A Reader's Guide (Continuum Contemporaries)

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A critical examination of "White Noise" by Don Delillo, this title forms part of a series that aims to provide accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to give a thorough and ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 10th 2003 by Bloomsbury Academic
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My second foray into the Continuum Contemporaries series of Continuum Books (on which more to come): I had already picked up the brilliant and neatly-packed guide to Underworld, written by DeLillo scholar John Duvall: http://bit.ly/hivAFD

It is obvious that Underworld and White Noise are wildly different novels in terms of scope, complexity and sheer volume, and while any reading of the former is necessarily partial, Leonard Orr was able to analyze in depth
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Discerning into the white noise

My second foray into the Continuum Contemporaries series of Continuum Books (on which more to come): I had already picked up the brilliant and neatly-packed guide to Underworld, written by DeLillo scholar John Duvall.

It is obvious that Underworld and White Noise are wildly different novels in terms of scope, complexity and sheer volume, and while any reading of the former is necessarily partial, Leonard Orr was able to analyze in depth every aspect of DeLillo's 'b
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Jul 18, 2010 Bradley rated it it was amazing
My favorite scene in the whole book, and it ranks up there in the all-time category, has to be the 'showdown' between the Elvis Studies Professor and the Hitler Studies Professor. Wow. How ridiculously similar were Hitler and Elvis.... the epitome of evil and the epitome of wholesome american fun.

Masterful, yes indeed, the question becomes - How trivial has knowledge production become? How niche oriented has academia become when professional academics can spend their entire publishing career de
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Feb 12, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
This book has ruined T.V. for me forever. I hope never to reach the realm of insignificant thought that these people have.

There were a lot of great parts in this novel. Some of the rhetoric is hilarious, but a lot of it is mind numbingly odd.

The best scene in the entire book is when the family is evacuated during an airborne toxic event and are evacuated. During the evacuation they meet workers from SIMUVAC who are studying the real disaster to understand how to have better simulations. Seriou
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Didn't really give me any new insights I didn't get from the text itself, but it was useful for the brief bit of biography and the quick recap of major scenes, which helped as I worked on my review for "White Noise." I suspect the recap book for "Underworld" will be crucial, considering the scope of the book and the number of characters in it.
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I remember this being a very weird, but interesting book. I've realized in typing up these reviews that I have such a bad memory!
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This book is a dark look into society. Do not take it for what it says literally. Analyze it!
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Leonard Orr, Professor of English, Washington State University Vancouver. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. He has been with Washington State University since 1991. He has taught about eighty different courses in criticism, comparative and world literatures, and British and American ...more
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