Book Reviews of Girl With Curious Hair

Girl With Curious Hair
Girl With Curious Hair
Author: David Foster Wallace
ISBN-13: 9780393313963
ISBN-10: 0393313964
Pages: 373
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Book Type: Paperback
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In assessing this book, comparisons with Don DeLillo, Tom Robbins, and Robert Coover seem accurate, for Wallace is playful, idiomatically sharp, and intellectually engage. Overwhelming in his long, torrential sentences and his wit, he at times subjects us to overwritten, almost showy, passages, but his talent is undeniable. Included in this collection is a novella that examines, among other things, post-modernism. His (generally overlong) stories explore popular culture through the lives of a variety of characters: a lesbian with a three-year winning streak on Jeopardy, an actress anxious about appearing on David Letterman, a wealthy Republican yuppie who has a disturbing connection with some punk rockers; and Lyndon Johnson in a closeup that shows how well a historical figure can be used in fiction. Impressive in scope and savvy.
- Peter Bricklebank, City Coll., CUNY
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"Intellectual caress" was the highlight of the book. I perhaps may not be intellectually suited for Wallace's approach to storytelling. Is there such a thing as too much creativity?

Yet, I do appreciate Wallace's use of the word "bedizen," which is a verb that means to dress or adorn gaudily.