Abandoned by his wife and devastated by the death of his twelve-year old son, Eddy Bale becomes obsessed with the plight of terminally ill children and develops a plan to provide a last hurrah dream vacation for seven children who will never grow-up. Eddy and his four dysfunctional chaperones journey to the entertainment capital of America--Disney World. Once they arrive, a series of absurdities characteristic of an Elkin novel--including a freak snowstorm and a run-in with a vengeful Mickey Mouse--transform Eddy's idealistic wish into a fantastic nightmare.ExploreSimilar booksBook lists with this bookWhy do people like this book?TopicsDeadpan humorChildhoodDeathGenresComing soon...PreviewBookshop.orgAmazonHollowByOwen Egerton,
Mortality. White Noise is not so much a novel. To me, it's more of a wildly amusing collection of clever observations about life. The book's protagonist is a professor of Hitler studies, something he invented. And that's not the last thing he invents. He's invented a patchwork family of absurd proportions. In fact, he invents so much that he doesn't know what to believe. And there we are at the center of this novel: what can we believe in when we don't even know if death is finite or if there is life after death. The absurdity of mortality as we ride through American academia. If you sometimes wonder if it's all real or just a simulation, this book is for you.
She hesitated for a moment and then embarked upon the account of hertalk with Larry of which I have done my best faithfully to inform thereader. It may surprise the reader that she should have chosen to tellso much to someone whom she knew so little. I don't suppose I had seenher a dozen times and, except for that one occasion at the drugstore,never alone. It did not surprise me. For one thing, as any writer willtell you, people do tell a writer things that they don't tell others. Idon't know why, unless it is that having read one or two of his booksthey feel on peculiarly intimate terms with him; or it may be that theydramatize themselves and, seeing themselves as it were characters in anovel, are ready to be as open with him as they imagine are to him thecharacters of his invention. And I think that Isabel felt that I likedLarry and her, and that their youth touched me, and that I wassympathetic to their distresses. She could not expect to find a friendlylistener in Elliott who was disinclined to trouble himself with a youngman who had spurned the best chance a young man ever had of getting intosociety. Nor could her mother help her. Mrs. Bradley had high principlesand common sense. Her common sense assured her that if you wanted to geton in this world you must accept its conventions, and not to do whateverybody else did clearly pointed to instability. Her high principlesled her to believe that a man's duty was to go to work in a businesswhere by energy and initiative he had a chance of earning enough moneyto keep his wife and family in accordance with the standards of hisstation, give his sons such an education as would enable them onreaching man's estate to make an honest living, and on his death leavehis widow adequately provided for. 2b1af7f3a8