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Infinite Jest
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780316066525
ISBN-10: 0316066524
Publication Date: 11/13/2006
Pages: 1,104
Edition: 10 Anv
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 178
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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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 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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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An unbelievable work of post-modern fiction. It felt as though I had ended a serious romantic relationship when I finished this 900 pager (WITH ENDNOTES!)

Most people I know cannot/have not gotten through the full book but if you can make it it's extremely rewarding :)
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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.
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