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The Silence Hardcover – 29 October 2020
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The Silence is a horrifyingly resonant book ― Observer
Slim and timely ― New Statesman
[DeLillo] is our laureate of paranoia and dread . . . [The Silence] is a pristine disaster novel . . . his best writing
here reminds us that, as he puts it . . . “Life can get so interesting that we forget to be afraid”
DeLillo’s mastery of the fragmented nature of spoken language is displayed in these paranoiac
blurts, which every years seem less paranoiac . . . [a] brilliant, brief tale
DeLillo is a master stylist, and not a word goes to waste -- Anne Enright ― Guardian
Few people write as gorgeously as DeLillo can ― Daily Telegraph
The Silence is DeLillo distilled . . . a straight shot of the good stuff ― Spectator
A swift and searing haunting of a novel. An encapsulation of our continuing crisis of aberration and pause. The Silence is prime DeLillo. -- Joy Williams
In this wry and cutting meditation on collective loss, a rupture severs us, suddenly, from everything we’ve come to rely on. The Silence seems to absorb DeLillo’s entire body of work and sand it into stone or crystal. -- Rachel Kushner
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‘One of America’s greatest living writers’ Observer
‘DeLillo is one of urban life’s most perceptive chroniclers’ Independent
‘No writer has been as prescient and eerily prophetic about twenty-first-century America as Don DeLillo’ New York Times
‘Extravagant literary gifts, formidable intellect and unflinching artistic gaze . . . a genuine master’ Irish independent
- Publisher : Picador (29 October 2020); Pan Macmillan UK
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529057094
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529057096
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 306 g
- Dimensions : 14.3 x 2.3 x 22.4 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Importer : Pan Macmillan Publishing
- Packer : AAJ Enterprises
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #324,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Personally I’d like to think that there are far more important things to talk about, like what the premise of this book was supposed to be! Okay, so all of a sudden nothing works and this “severs all of the digital connections we depend on.” Right, so what about analogue ones? Radio waves have always been there and Marconi just discovered how to use them, so why is the world “plunged into silence” with no communication at all? He hasn’t researched anything about his subject. Please tell us how this is supposed to have happened, especially since there are actually CPUs that are resistant to solar flares and everything else. What was it? An extreme electromagnetic pulse, what? What’s with all these random quotes from Einstein that are no more profound than random internet memes misquoting Einstein?
There’s nothing about how humans would adapt to this situation, only some pointless repetitive conversations, actually it’s just dialogue with no actual conversing, and he somehow manages to work in a completely gratuitous and unerotic sex scene in a public toilet. The only insight in the whole book is when Tessa says to herself “I revisit old notebooks and sometimes it amazes me to read what I though was worth writing.” I think maybe Don DeLillo may have this exact realization one day when reading this book again.
I re-read it in the morning thinking I'd missed something of value in it due to the wine.
It was even worse to read it sober. I'm stopping drinking so much and I've stopped buying Guardian newspaper book recommendations. The worst book I've read in many years. An exciting premise for the book which is disregarded in favour of pretentious, migraine inducing waffle.
"What follows is a dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human. Never has the art of fiction been such an immediate guide to our navigation of a bewildering world. Never have DeLillo’s prescience, imagination, and language been more illuminating and essential."
Nope, Nothing even remotely like this. If you are dazzled by this book I suggest you start reading a bit more. This is not War and Peace for the digital age, this is a pamphlet about a few characters having a few extra glasses of whiskey in the dark.