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The Silence: A Novel door Don DeLillo
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The Silence: A Novel (origineel 2020; editie 2020)

door Don DeLillo (Auteur)

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Titel:The Silence: A Novel
Auteurs:Don DeLillo (Auteur)
Info:Scribner (2020), Edition: 1st Edition, 128 pages
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The Silence: A Novel door Don DeLillo (2020)

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A little too highbrow for me, I think. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
The most interesting part of the book is at the end where Max stares at the blank screen. "Max is not listening. He understands nothing. He sits in front of the TV sets with his hands folded behind his neck, elbows jutting." Is this the future?

I wanted to like it...but didn't. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
I purchased this short book (more a novella than a novel) for the library because a review made it sound like it had an intriguing premise, and I borrowed it for the same reason. At a year in the future, people are gathered to watch the Super Bowl, when suddenly all the screens go blank. No TV, no mobile phones. The technology quits. The power goes out. People have to actually talk to each other, rather than stare at their screens.

It's supposed to be profound. I thought it was awful. Who talks the way these people talk? I mean, the student sounds sort of like he might be on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, maybe? (Having an adult son on the spectrum, we've had some conversations that are a little out of the ordinary, but not this bizarre.) Almost everyone in this story speaks strangely. The couple who live in the apartment. The woman processing people into the emergency room. The man on the airplane at the beginning of the story, reading all the information off the screen in front of him: airspeed, outside temperature, altitude, time to destination, over and over again. Really?

It had its moments. Once in a while a line would register and make me think. Mostly it seemed like nonsense. Not recommended. ( )
  tymfos | Jun 8, 2021 |
At least four of DeLillo's novels, in my opinion, could have easily won a Pulitzer Prize, but he has had no luck there either. Those novels are "White Noise, Underworld, Libra, and Cosmopolis."

His newest novel, "The Silence," will not go down as one of his great novels, regardless of how his publisher Scribner might advertise the book. Its attempt at seeing World War 3 as a war in which technology and all communication are shut down is not especially a new theory, and the characters are not very interesting, even when they are quoting the great Einstein. This is not a book I could recommend, but he is an author that should be read... Just don't start with this book. ( )
  064 | May 4, 2021 |
In Don Delillo’s novella, The Silence, a couple survive a plane crash, and they still make it to a Manhattan Super Bowl party in 2022, all while the world is suffering a massive and mysterious power outage. But to this reader, it seemed that our author did not have the energy to finish writing his story. Confusion, disaster, and apocalypse certainly amassed a lot of possibilities, but Delillo seems content to just write a series of disjointed moments in a vague storyline, and then decided that the story simply didn’t need an ending.

Since Underworld’s 827 pages, his books have slimmed significantly, and this wee one is barely 116 pages. I hate to suggest it, but does being in his eighties have anything to do with how much he’s invested here? As a lover of short stories and experimental writing styles, I am rarely put off by a short work, but it has to prove itself, to get me involved with the characters and/or the story.

Though he wrote the book before the pandemic, it may well benefit from being released into our upended world, where little seems to give comfort or make sense. A line from one of the book’s reviews sticks in my mind, it spoke of its unexpected and bewildering style, like a Stephen King novel scored by Philip Glass instead of Chuck Berry.

The early reviews were hard on the book, but eventually I broke down and got it anyway. Hell, it’s Delillo. But now that I’ve read it, it’s not a Delillo that I’ve known. Did some publisher sneak into his house and steal random pages off his desk? ( )
  jphamilton | Feb 17, 2021 |
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In his latest slim novel, “The Silence” (Scribner), DeLillo attacks technology and it’s domination over every aspect of our existence. The story begins in the near future of February 2022 on a transatlantic flight from Paris to New York. Jim Kripps, a claims adjuster, and his poet partner, Tessa Berens, are returning from a post-COVID vacation to Paris. Jim’s attention is glued to the overhead itinerary map when the plane loses power on its descent into Newark Airport. A crash landing sends Jim to the hospital with a minor head injury, and then the two proceed to uptown Manhattan to join their friends for a Super Bowl party.
Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Max Stenner and his wife Diane Lucas are awaiting Jim and Tessa’s arrival. One guest, Martin Dekker, a bookish physics teacher at a Bronx charter school has already arrived. Martin is a former college student of Diane’s, who is obsessed with Einstein. Max has “big dollars” riding on the Titan-Seahawks game, and is enthralled by the “commercials, stations breaks and pregame babble” on his big screen television.
Then, as DeLillo states “something happened.” At kickoff, the images shake and dissolve into abstract patterns and the screen goes black. The void extends beyond the screen to phones, laptops, and the electrical grid. As the massive power outage interrupts the Super Bowl, our characters’ world descends into silence. Various conspiracy theories are bantered about (a Con Ed mistake, sabotage, an alien invasion), and when Jim and Tessa finally arrive they are just coming to terms with their near-death experience.
Although “The Silence” was written just prior to the current pandemic, the novel is relevant to our present circumstances. We neither understand COVID-19 and it’s present impact upon society any more than Max, Diane, Martin, Jim and Tessa can understand the blackout. Nor can we speculate how it will affect our future. However, DeLillo is hopeful. When questioned about the long term affect of the pandemic during a recent New York Times interview, he responded “We may feel enormous relief, but for many people, it’s going to be difficult to return to what we might term as ordinary...Those ordinary things are going to seem extraordinary.”
Don DeLillo doesn’t write genre fiction, or stories that make the reader feel good. He writes because he has something prophetic to express about culture and our lives. Or about terrorism, financial collapse, or nuclear and biochemical disaster. He writes to make us think so hard that our brains hurt. At the age of 83, and over seventeen novels, DeLillo has summoned the darker currents of our American experience. In “The Silence,” he warns about “the dependence of the mass on energy,” and if readers wise, they’ll heed his oracle to prevent what he terms may be “World War III.”

toegevoegd door JodeMillman |, Jode Millman (Oct 23, 2020)
There is something quixotic about what DeLillo has done: writing about contemporary culture even as it collapses into subcultures, and even as the democratic dream of a collective center is derided as suspicious in identitarian terms. He has succeeded, by my estimation, chiefly by treating the topical not as a bid for relevance but as a yearning for commonality, mutuality, something to share. The news, for DeLillo, is the last culture that all of us share, and not the news as a set of agreed-upon facts, but as a disaggregated and constantly refreshable cache of sensation to be interrogated, debated and then forgotten.... A writer of the present is almost always an apocalypst, and it’s the privilege of every generation to think itself the last, though the generations that wrote after the Bomb had a better justification for their panic.... What began as dialogue, gathered energy as trialogue, and peaked as pentalogue, soon topples like a Babel tower and disperses into monologues of unconsoled dissociation: five separate “friends” unable to communicate, unable to connect, unable even to remember, nattering to themselves like lunatics, haunting the hallways, counting the stairs.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkNew York Times, Joshua Cohen (betaal website) (Oct 20, 2020)
It turns out that the distance between “Can you hear me now?” and “What’s left to live for?” is about seven minutes. Deprived of television and Internet access in this rapidly cooling apartment, Diane and her former student devolve into a bizarre series of non sequiturs about Jesus and Einstein. Diane thinks Martin “sounds either brilliant or unbalanced.” But that is not a tough choice. Martin starts rambling off a list of words: thaumatology, ontology, eschatology, epistemology, phenomenology, teleology, etiology, ontogeny. “He could not stop himself,” the narrator notes. Then he drops his pants, and Diane asks him to say something in German.... After “The Road,” “Oryx and Crake,” “Station Eleven” and other unnerving dystopias, “The Silence” feels like Apocalypse Lite for people who don’t want to get their hands dirty.... As the hours tick by, these characters swing erratically from domestic banality to absurdist spectacle. Never have five people reacted with such existential dread to missing the Super Bowl. If they’d run out of guacamole, they might have jumped out the window.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkWashington Post, Ron Charles (betaal website) (Oct 12, 2020)
A much-honored master renowned for his prescience and attunement to the zeitgeist’s deepest vibrations, DeLillo (Zero K, 2016) says that he began writing this taut novel “long before the current pandemic.” As virus-imperiled readers take in this razor-sharp, yet tenderly forlorn, witty, nearly ritualized, and quietly unnerving tale, they will gingerly discern just how catastrophic this magnitude of silence and isolation would be.... HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Every work by DeLillo is literary news, and the urgency and catalyzing relevance of this concise, disquieting novel will exponentially accelerate interest.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkBooklist, Donna Seaman (Aug 1, 2020)
DeLillo (Zero K) applies his mastery of dialogue to a spare, contemplative story of a group of New Yorkers and their response to a catastrophic shutdown of the world’s computer systems on the night of the Super Bowl in 2022.... In the end, readers gain the timely insight that some were born ready for disaster while others remain unequipped. While the work stands out among DeLillo’s short fiction, it feels underpowered when compared to his novels.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkPublishers Weekly (Jul 14, 2020)
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