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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Saturday, March 10, 2007

White Noise

Book #7 on my list this year was Don DeLillo's modern classic White Noise.

White Noise is a tour-de-force novel about modernity and mortality. It is also the second DeLillo book I've read (Mao II being the first). It's amazing to realize this novel was published in 1985 given that it feels like a book spawned out of the internet age. The front flap bills it as 'A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology", but who other than maybe Bill Gates and the dude who invented the VCR was numbed by technology way back in '85? DeLillo clearly has a knack for predicting trends well ahead of their time. Reading back through my old review of Mao II (published in '91) I was reminded of that book's allusions to terrorism and how shockingly current I found it to be 14 years after its release. Impressive stuff and great literature to boot.

New York Times book review
Wikipedia entry

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Blogger Jihen said...

Hey!!I'm writing my thesis about Don Delillo's "White Noise", I loved the book as much as I love all Delillo's writings:) He is a genius :)
If you need any doc about his writings or if u can help me with anything :):) u can contact me on this address: missjihen@gmail.com

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