Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jest

byDavid Foster Wallace

Kobo ebook | April 13, 2009

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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.

Writer David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York on February 21, 1962. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was working on his master's degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona when he published his debut novel The Broom of the System (1987). Wallace published his second novel Infinite Jes...
Title:Infinite JestFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 13, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316073857

ISBN - 13:9780316073851

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but over-rated This book is long, with many tiny footnotes, and was a good read, but it doesn't deserve the reputation it has. It's not in the same league as Joyce, Gaddis, or Pynchon, authors DFW is often compared to. I've read a few of his books, and I find them a bit gimmicky and artificial; he just tries to hard to be "literary." Of his books, this seems the least like that, the most heartfelt, with the best characters. There are parts of this, however, that are a bit dated. A good read, but not earthshaking.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal; Not as tough as it's reputation Infinite Jest has a reputation for being one of those books that everyone starts and no one finishes. People say it's too long; too difficult. I did find it a bit of a slog for the first 100 pages, but once I learned to trust that the author would fill in the blanks for me over time, everything became awesome. An incredible work of humour and gravitas. I can't recommend it enough.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Infinitely Readable While David Foster Wallace seems to be somewhat of an acquired taste, this is one of the best books I've ever had the privilege of reading. Fabulous writing, intricately detailed characters that worm their way into your affections, topped with a light and yet omnipresent sense of humour. Fiction at its best, but recommended with a caution: it's big, it's challenging, and some people just plain don't like it. If you're the sort who will, though, I cannot recommend this book more highly.
Date published: 1999-02-21