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.
Publish date: November 13th 2006
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 79
Edition language: English
I'm about a hundred pages off finishing it for the second time, and I didn't even realise that February was the 10th anniversary. Either way, the second reading has been infinitely better than the first. There has been no grappling with the semantic and syntactical difficulties of the first read and...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
Okay: I admit my reading terminated on page 261. How much is enough for a fair trial? I started with good will but gradually slowed down and became distracted, took time out to read first one different book, then another. I can fully appreciate the qualities in the writing that might attract an ent...