Infinite Jest: A Novel

Hardcover | February 1, 1996

byDavid Foster Wallace

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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.

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It's a movie so engrossing that people are happy to watch it ad infinitum until they die. Infinite Jest follows the story of various people addicted to this entertainment. From recovering addicts in a Boston halfway house to tennis students with their own unique problems, David Foster Wallace's novel brims with the wit and depth you'd ...

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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; ab...

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Infinite Jest is the name of a movie said to be so entertaining that anyone who watches it loses all desire to do anything but watch it. People die happily, viewing it in endless repetition. The novel Infinite Jest is the story of this addictive entertainment, and in particular how it affects a Boston halfway house for recovering addic...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1088 pages, 9.75 × 6.25 × 2.25 inPublished:February 1, 1996Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316920045

ISBN - 13:9780316920049

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It's a movie so engrossing that people are happy to watch it ad infinitum until they die. Infinite Jest follows the story of various people addicted to this entertainment. From recovering addicts in a Boston halfway house to tennis students with their own unique problems, David Foster Wallace's novel brims with the wit and depth you'd expect from the author of The Broom of the System. At this special low price, it makes a wonderful addition to any library.