Infinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster WallaceInfinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jest: A Novel

byDavid Foster Wallace

Hardcover | February 1, 1996

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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 Jest: A NovelFormat: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


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

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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.