White Noise - Don DeLillo

White Noise

By Don DeLillo

  • Release Date: 1985-01-21
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 147 Ratings)


A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over there lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.


  • Lame

    By dankreaderj
    Way too many unnecessary parts in this book which cause the plot to be long and boring.
  • White Noise

    By Exiled Texan
    Brilliant writing. But dead. DeLillo writes characters as though he hoped never to have to meet or know any of them. Useful puppets. They make the arguments he wants to make about the artificiality of modern consumer society. They—and the events DeLillo drags us through—are otherwise without either depth or interest.
  • Wow

    By Help, Zynga!!!
    I alternate between thinking he is so brilliantly funny or on some sort of drug. Weird and wonderful , but surely not everyone’s cup of tea. You have to “get it”.
  • white noise

    By Am book reader
    wow! what an amazing book. a true classic. love the character development. plot is strange, but the writing superb.
  • Possibly DeLillo Best

    By Lukester2012
    Thoroughly hilarious, clever and exceptionally creative/imaginative. Profoundly affecting.
  • My favorite book

    By Kramericaa
    Constantly mesmerizing. The whole book is a highlight. Highlights within highlights. Godlike prose. Narration and dialogue. All characters. Hysterical arid-sarcasm. So much so, I wonder how many pick up on it. Not one to wolf down. Chew slowly, let it stick to the palette, marinate the mind. I've read it 5 times. Not nearly enough.
  • It's not written to excite you.

    By WestD21
    It's written to make you think about the direction of our culture. Do we even notice catastrophic events any more? What would DeLillo say about today's social media craze?
  • A must read

    By BMoldovan
    I loved this book the first time I read it, it's by far DeLillo's best work. If you like clever, witty books this will surely become your favorite. I wish they'd make a movie out of this book -- get the Coen brothers to adapt and direct it. Instant best picture of the decade. Yet as great as that would be to see, just reading the book, with DeLillo's brilliant prose, is the best entertainment to be found. I assure you that your iPad is woefully incomplete without "White Noise" in you iBook-shelf.