The Silence

Paperback, 126 pages

English language

Published Jan. 21, 2021 by Pan Macmillan.

ISBN:
978-1-5290-5710-2
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3 stars (12 reviews)

6 editions

better the second time around

4 stars

Content warning minor spoilers about the actual theme of the novel

Review of 'Silence' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

When you read work of an old writer, one who’s famous, it takes some toll: you might be thinking of that person’s prior work, how they viewed the world back in the day.

I read DeLillo’s Libra before I read The Silence. That book was a mighty kind of marathon around dialogue and scenes; it was masterfully told, but I quickly tired of the main vein. That’s what killed the book for me.

This time around, DeLillo’s taken the pulse of modern times for a lot of western people by proving that he masters brief dialogue over carefully crafted and rhythmic language that swings between conversations in different worlds.

The book takes place in 2022 and starts off inconspicuously.

“He was Swedish,” she said.
“Who?”
“Mr. Celsius.”
“Did you sneak a look at your phone?”
“You know how these things happen.”
“They come swimming out of deep memory. And …

Review of 'Silence' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

When you read work of an old writer, one who’s famous, it takes some toll: you might be thinking of that person’s prior work, how they viewed the world back in the day.

I read DeLillo’s Libra before I read The Silence. That book was a mighty kind of marathon around dialogue and scenes; it was masterfully told, but I quickly tired of the main vein. That’s what killed the book for me.

This time around, DeLillo’s taken the pulse of modern times for a lot of western people by proving that he masters brief dialogue over carefully crafted and rhythmic language that swings between conversations in different worlds.

The book takes place in 2022 and starts off inconspicuously.

“He was Swedish,” she said.
“Who?”
“Mr. Celsius.”
“Did you sneak a look at your phone?”
“You know how these things happen.”
“They come swimming out of deep memory. And when …

Review of 'Silence' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

When you read work of an old writer, one who’s famous, it takes some toll: you might be thinking of that person’s prior work, how they viewed the world back in the day.returnreturnI read DeLillo’s Libra before I read The Silence. That book was a mighty kind of marathon around dialogue and scenes; it was masterfully told, but I quickly tired of the main vein. That’s what killed the book for me.returnreturnThis time around, DeLillo’s taken the pulse of modern times for a lot of western people by proving that he masters brief dialogue over carefully crafted and rhythmic language that swings between conversations in different worlds.returnreturnThe book takes place in 2022 and starts off inconspicuously.returnreturn“He was Swedish,” she said.return“Who?”return“Mr. Celsius.”return“Did you sneak a look at your phone?”return“You know how these things happen.”return“They come swimming out of deep memory. And when the man’s first name comes your way, I will …

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Subjects

  • Fiction, dystopian
  • New york (n.y.), fiction
  • American fiction (fictional works by one author)