Infinite Jest Author:David Foster Wallace 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 h... more »ow 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.« less
Until his recent death, David Foster Wallace was a writer of rare talent and infinite potential. Infinite Jest is equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy and I'd highly reccommend it to any reader who might enjoy a unique approach to story-telling.
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. A difficult read for sure...and don't skip the end notes! There are ideas in this book that are still with me today and probably coming true as we speak. The book is written in so many voices, and reads a lot like we experience life...in odd, seemingly unrelated bits....but as I read on I made connections and the story "became". There's several stories going on actually but they do intersect. A book I'd love to read again but not sure if I'd make it through. Non-linear, and both serious and funny. All this written by a 20-something genius. I give it a 5 star rating. Not for the faint of heart readers. It is not a casual read, but it's excellent.
A book with an interesting concept that takes almost 1000 pages where 500 probably would have been fine. Perhaps others will be entertained by the scattershot narrative, but it just doesn't tie together enough for me.
The novels Pynchonesque elements...feel rather willed and secondhand. They are impressive in the manner of a precocious childs performance at a dinner party, and, in the same way, ultimately irritating: they seem motivated, mostly, by a desire to show off.