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The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel by David Foster Wallace
The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel

cyberdelik, January 6, 2013

The Pale King is filled with sentiment celebrated in "Infinite Jest". However, while the latter novel felt cynically humorous, the former is layered with constant undercurrents of doom, given the tragic note on which the writing comes to a halt. Putting such matters aside isn't possible, nor necessary to dive into this tale: in fact, the backdrop of Wallace's emotional state while writing The King adds to the novel's tone. In the end and based on The Pale King, Wallace appears to have yearned for sincerity, not cynicism, all along. Very prescient, sad, emotional reading...
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