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White Noise: Text and Criticism
Don DeLillo
0140274987
December 1998
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Book Description
Winner of the National Book Award in 1985, White Noise is the story of Jack and Babette and their children from their six or so various marriages. They live in a college town where Jack is Professor of Hitler Studies (and conceals the fact that he does not speak a word of German), and Babette teaches posture and volunteers by reading from the tabloids to a group of elderly shut-ins. They are happy enough until a deadly toxic accident and Babette's addiction to an experimental drug make Jake question everything. White Noise is considered a postmodern classic and its unfolding of themes of consumerism, family and divorce, and technology as a deadly threat have attracted the attention of literary scholars since its publication. This Viking Critical Library edition, prepared by scholar Mark Osteen, is the only edition of...


Love-Lies-Bleeding
Don DeLillo
0743273060
Jan 2006
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From Booklist
Master novelist DeLillo revels in the concentration of theater. His third play, a pared-down drama, centers on Alex, a vital man until a massive stroke leaves him in a vegetative state. His young wife, Lia, props him up each day in a wheelchair, and she is joined in her vigil by Toinette, a previous wife, and Sean, Alex's only child. Harboring dark and suspect feelings about his father, Sean asks, isn't Alex's life over? Shouldn't they help him die? As Alex sits unreachable in a strange purgatory, his three contentious loved ones remember his love of nature, including the poignantly named desert plant love-lies-bleeding. Toinette recalls Alex saying of life, "It's all one running creation," and certainly death is part of it. But is euthanasia an act of mercy when the person in question is beyond communication? If so, for...


White Noise
Don DeLillo
0140077022
April 1991
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Book Review
Better than any book I can think of, White Noise captures the particular strangeness of life in a time where humankind has finally learned enough to kill itself. Naturally, it's a terribly funny book, and the prose is as beautiful as a sunset through a particulate-filled sky. Nice-guy narrator Jack Gladney teaches Hitler Studies at a small college. His wife may be taking a drug that removes fear, and one day a nearby chemical plant accidentally releases a cloud of gas that may be poisonous. Writing before Bhopal and Prozac entered the popular lexicon, DeLillo produced a work so closely tuned into its time that it tells the future.

From Publishers Weekly
Chairman of the department of Hitler studies at a Midwestern college, Jack Gladney is accidently exposed to a cloud of...


Don Delillo's White Noise
Leonard Orr
0826414745
June 2003
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Book Description
This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years – from ‘The Remains of the Day’ to ‘White Teeth’. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

From the Publisher
This is an excellent guide to 'White Noise'. It features a biography of the author, a full-length analysis of the novel, and a great deal more. If you’re studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, you’ll find this guide...


Choke
Chuck Palahniuk
0385720920
June 2002
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Book Review
Victor Mancini is a ruthless con artist. Victor Mancini is a med-school dropout who's taken a job playing an Irish indentured servant in a colonial-era theme park in order to help care for his Alzheimer's-afflicted mother. Victor Mancini is a sex addict. Victor Mancini is a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. All of these statements about the protagonist of Choke are more or less true. Welcome, once again, to the world of Chuck Palahniuk.

"Art never comes from happiness." So says Mancini's mother only a few pages into the novel. Given her own dicey and melodramatic style of parenting, you would think that her son's life would be chock-full of nothing but art. Alas, that's not the case. In the fine tradition of Oedipus, Stephen Dedalus, and Anthony Soprano, Victor hasn't quite reconciled his issues with his mother....



Underworld
Don DeLillo
0684848155
June 1998
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Book Review
While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples, DeLillo offers a stunning, at times overwhelming, document of the twin forces of the cold war and American culture, compelling that "swerve from evenness" in which he finds events and people both wondrous and horrifying. Underworld opens with a breathlessly graceful prologue set during the final game of the Giants-Dodgers pennant race in 1951. Written in what DeLillo calls "super-omniscience" the sentences sweep from young Cotter Martin as he jumps the gate to the press box, soars over the radio waves, runs out to the diamond, slides in on a fast ball, pops into the stands where J. Edgar Hoover is sitting with a drunken Jackie Gleason and a splenetic Frank Sinatra, and learns of the Soviet...


Conversations with Don DeLillo
Don DeLillo
1578067049
Jan 2005
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Book Description
In novel after award-winning novel, Don DeLillo (b. 1936) exhibits his deep distrust of language and the way it can conceal as much as it reveals. Not surprisingly, DeLillo treats interviews with the same care and caution. For years, he shunned them altogether. As his fiction grew in popularity, especially with "White Noise," and he began to confront the historical record of our times in books such as "Libra," DeLillo felt compelled to make himself available to his readers. Despite claims by interviewers about his elusiveness, he now hides in plain sight. In "Conversations with Don DeLillo," the renowned author makes clear his distinctions between historical fact and his own creative leaps, especially in his masterwork, "Underworld." There it seems the true events are unbelievable and imaginary ones not. Throughout...


Cosmopolis
Don DeLillo
0641711840

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End Zone
Don DeLillo
0140085688
Jan 1986
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Book Review
Don DeLillo's second novel, a sort of Dr. Strangelove meets North Dallas Forty, solidified his place in the American literary landscape in the early 1970s. The story of an angst-ridden, war-obsessed running back for Logos College in West Texas, End Zone is a heady and hilarious conflation of Cold War existentialism and the parodied parallelism of battlefield/sports rhetoric. When not arguing nuclear endgame strategy with his professor, Major Staley, narrator Gary Harkness joins a brilliant and unlikely bunch of overmuscled gladiators on the field and in the dormitory. In characteristic fashion, DeLillo deliberately undermines the football-is-combat cliché by having one of his characters explain: "I reject the notion of football as warfare. Warfare is warfare. We don't need substitutes because we've got the real...


Introducing Don DeLillo
Frank Lentricchia (Editor)
0822311445
February 1991
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Americana
Don DeLillo
0140119485
July 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
In search of his roots, a successful but unhappy TV executive takes off for the heartland of America. "This first novel is peopled with characters alienated not only from one another, but from themselves. It has the smell of staleness and despair. It is also, with its deadly accurate observations, its veracious dialogue, and its consistency of view, brilliantly written," maintained PW. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Mao II
Don DeLillo
0140152741
May 1992
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Book Review
Don DeLillo's follow-up to Libra, his brilliant fictionalization of the Kennedy assassination, Mao II is a series of elusive set-pieces built around the themes of mass psychology, individualism vs. the mob, the power of imagery and the search for meaning in a blasted, post-modern world. Bill Gray, the world's most famous reclusive novelist, has been working for many years on a stalled masterpiece when he gets the chance to aid a hostage trapped in a basement in war-torn Beirut. Gray sets out on a doomed, quixotic journey, and his disappearance disrupts the cloistered lives of his obsessed assistant and the assistant's companion, a former Moonie who has also become Bill's lover. This haunting, masterful novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992.

From Publishers Weekly
This tale...


Libra
Don DeLillo
0140156046
May 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
DeLillo's ninth novel takes its title from Lee Harvey Oswald's zodiac sign, the sign of "balance." And, as in all his fiction ( Running Dog , The Names , White Noise ), DeLillo's perfectly realized aim is to balance plot, theme and structure so that the novel he builds around Oswald (an unlikely and disturbingly sympathetic protagonist) provokes the reader with its clever use of history, its dramatic pacing and its immaculate and detailed construction. The plot of the novel is history itselfand history, here, is a system of plots and conspiracies: the U.S. government has plotted to invade Cuba, and there are CIA agents who want retribution against President Kennedy for his halfhearted support of the Bay of Pigs operation; there are Cubans plotting revenge on JFK for the same reason and for, they fear, his plot to...


Don DeLillo
Marilee Robin Burton
079107031X
January 2003
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Book Description
Harold Bloom suggests Don DeLillo's work holds a proleptic sense of the triumph of terror. This text offers critical views on numerous DeLillo novels, including The Names, Mao II, Libra, White Noise, and Underworld. This edition of Bloom's Major Novelists will help any student delve into the work of this contemporary writer. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School; preeminent literary critic of our time. Titles include detailed plot summaries of the novel, extracts from scholarly critical essays on the novels, a complete bibliography of the writer's novels, and more.


Don DeLillo
Aaron Tillman
0791070387
September 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Don DeLillo is one of the most respected and widely discussed writers of the current age. His keen eye and incisive depictions of contemporary American culture have secured his place as a unique, yet serious literary stylist. Learn more about the author of works such as Mao II, White Noise, and the award-winning Underworld, through the critical essays included in this text. This title, Don DeLillo, part of Chelsea House Publishers’ Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of Don DeLillo through full-length critical essays by expert literary critics. In addition, this title features a short biography on Don DeLillo, a chronology of the author’s life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.


Great Jones Street
Don DeLillo
0140179178
Jan 1994
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Don DeLillo
Peter Boxall
0415309816
May 2006
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Book Description
DeLillo's writing has been concerned, from its inception, with thinking about how fiction has developed from the end of the Second World War. This book reads the whole of Don DeLillo's oeuvre to date - from Americana to Cosmopolis - and asks how far his writing can be thought of as an enactment of the possibilities of literary fiction in contemporary global culture.

DeLillo's work offers an analysis of the ways in which the globalization of capital, the end of the modernist avant-garde, and the expansion of the US military and economic power have transformed the production of fiction. The writer as a social critic, as a figure who helps us to 'think and see', is under threat, in DeLillo's writing from new forms of mass communication, and ever more advanced modes of surveillance and control. But if his writing...

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