Thursday, January 3, 2013
Reading: White Noise by Don DeLillo
While the idea of no plot structure seems a bit frightening, the truth is that this key feature is what made the book unique and enjoyable to read. Instead of plot the book included everyday occurrences such as Jack having conversations with his children or thinking about the structure of the household in which he resides. Jack is a professor who teaches Hitler studies at a local college. His intellect is what pushes the story forward as he points out subtle things such as having people come and stay at your house and feeling self conscious about things you do everyday because you know it is strange to your guest.
Overall, this book was outstanding to me. The characters are all very three dimensional and the implications in which the book suggests are very real and should be made aware in the general public. The book really asks the question, what is sacred anymore? Life is watered down, materialistic, and fun worshipping. We express ourselves through what we buy and have trouble making decisions because of everything shouted at us on a daily basis. My only complaints about the novel would be the ending and the unrealistic dialogue. I thought the dialogue was great in terms of pushing the story forward but the use of dialogue was so obvious that it sort of annoyed me. I will give this book 4 out of 5 stars.