The Pale King
The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary... show more
The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has.The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions--questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time.
Publish date: April 10th 2012
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
In parts this feels like a novel written on post-it notes being randomly placed all over some institutions matte yellow walls by a horde of bored and mentally unstable IRS employees. I quite enjoyed it.
How do you review an unfinished book? How do you even start to review an unfinished DFW book about magical tax agents and boredom?I think I start by saying that the book I read is quite a different book to the book that DFW apparently wanted to write, if you believe the endnotes. The eight pages at ...
Man is this ever unfinished.
My quest to read every last word written by DFW continues. Infinite Jest, This is Water, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and now The Pale King have been checked off the list.I feel bad for giving this only 4 stars, considering the reason why it remains an unfinished novel, but still, it...
this is the review that got me on to goodreads.com essentially the reviewer is admitting that hard-core use of hard stimulants is necessary to get through this work, but if you commit to this course of action, the results can be rewarding! "Nomen-Mutatio," one thinks, is mere cognomen. but I digress...