Noise by Russell SmithNoise by Russell Smith


byRussell Smith

Paperback | April 15, 1998

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A fast-paced comic extravaganza from the pen of the author of the runaway bestseller How Insensitive. Set in the cynical and celebrity-obsessed world of mainstream media, and alternatively in the stultifying conservatism of suburban sprawl, a failed musician and intellectual nerd has become a freelance magazine writer and unwillingly been cast into the role of fashion arbiter. Reluctantly, and only for the money, James Rainer Willing agrees to interview the reclusive nationalist Canadian poet Ludwig Boben for the prestigious American magazine Glitter. Willing's insanely busy and competitive life provides glimpses into the world of fashion photography, small-press poetry readings, expensive and fashionable restaurants (he is a restaurant critic), `lifestyle' magazines, and a return to the suddenly-quiet life or non-life of ghostly New Munich, Ontario, where Willing revisits his one-time peers, the People Who Stayed Behind.

Russell Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in Halifax, Canada. He studied French literature at Queen's, Poitiers and Paris (III). Since 1990 he has lived in Toronto, where he works as a freelance journalist. He has published articles in The Globe and Mail, Details, Travel and Leisure, Toronto Life, Flare, NOW and ...
Title:NoiseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.7 × 5.83 × 0.89 inPublished:April 15, 1998Publisher:Porcupine's Quill

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ISBN - 10:0889841977

ISBN - 13:9780889841970

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining - If You're Hip Russell Smith's 'Noise' reminded me somewhat of a Nick Hornby book. Though it wasn't nearly as funny, I did get quite a few chuckles simply because I knew the scene he was talking about - the elitest 'arts' subculture with all their pretense are alive and well in this book. The main character, James, takes you an a very entertaining journey through this world in downtown Toronto. In an unusual detour, he then takes a trip to small town Ontario which doesn't seem to gel very well with the rest of the story. It starts off on a great note then continues for at least three quarters of the book before it starts to get old. In the last bit of the book it seems to just fizzle out without much fanfare... but still leaves you satisfied that you had a couple of chuckles along the way.
Date published: 2000-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Noise is one of the best books I have read in years. Russell Smith has a gift. I just finished reading this for the second time, and it only gets better. His characters are real, and his observations are brilliant.Make sure to read 'How Insensitive'
Date published: 2000-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Fix The Drinks I'm Reading "Noise" "Noise" is so damn funny I can only read one chapter a week. It's one of those books that nourishes the soul and should never end.
Date published: 1999-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Smith's Sophomore Slump With the release of "How Insensitive", lights shone towards Russell Smith as a true Canadian literary up-and-comer. So naturally my expectations were high for this, his second effort. However, I came away without the insights into everyday big-city living that I felt after concluding "How Insensitive". The lead character, James Willing, is not as appealing as the character of Ted Owen in his original effort. The only interesting addition was the sending of James back to his parent's home for a brief sojourn, which makes both James and the reader appreciate the city life even more. And the supporting characters were not well drawn out and similarly unappealing. A failed attempt by Smith, but look for him to learn from this effort and come back with a better one.
Date published: 1999-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute must read for young Canadians Russell Smith's work unabashedly exudes Canada. While there is no way that this is top ten material, the really important books never are. Many Canadian books are basically setting-neutral (ie. could happen anywhere)-"Noise" isn't and as such it succeeds as a great novel that could only happen in that god-awful-avoid-moving-there-at-all-costs, Toronto.
Date published: 1998-10-29

Editorial Reviews

`One of Smith's aims in this fast-moving, often entertaining book is to satirize Toronto (a Toronto for which he also clearly shows an affection). The city comes across as maniacally trendy, a place teeming with poseurs.'

- Kegan Doyle