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Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Infinite Jest
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A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why... show more
A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780316066525 (0316066524)
ASIN: 316066524
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 79
Edition language: English
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juniper green
juniper green rated it
1.0 Infinite Jest
The prime example for BWPBS (badly written, pretentious bullshit).Life's too short for books like this.
ed2drobinski
ed2drobinski rated it
5.0 Infinite Reviews
Twenty years after publication and 2.5 billion reviews later it has to publicly appear both irrelevant and presumptuous for one to think that they might have something worth saying concerning this book and its author. That is undeniably the judgment before hearing the case for the defense. IJ is ...
The Blogging of a Book Addict
The Blogging of a Book Addict rated it
5.0 Infinite Jest
I am not being dramatic or exaggerating in any way when I tell you that reading Infinite Jest changed me as a person. When I first started this book, which I immediately began to refer to (semi)lovingly as The Thing, I wondered what the hell I had gotten myself into. It was 981 pages (plus 98 pages ...
Cynically Speaking
Cynically Speaking rated it
4.5 Review, or something resembling a review of something not really reviewable
Dense.This book is very dense. And very long.It takes a few hundred pages to get into Mr. Wallace’s narrative cadence and the story. The book, published in 1996, takes place in the near ‘alternate’ future US (mostly Boston) that just happens to be around the early 2010’s (i.e. Now).The majority of t...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
0.0 Review: Infinite Jest
In 1996, Dave Eggers wrote a review of the recently published Infinite Jest. Eggers called the novel “frustrating” and said it buckled “under the weight of its own excess.” “Besides frequently losing itself in superfluous and wildly tangential flights of lexical diarrhea,” Eggers wrote, “the book su...
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