Infinite Jest by David Foster WallaceInfinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jest

byDavid Foster Wallace

Paperback | November 13, 2006

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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.
David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a ...
Title:Infinite JestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1104 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.88 inPublished:November 13, 2006Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316066524

ISBN - 13:9780316066525

Appropriate for ages: 13

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