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ISBN13: 9780316921176
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"Infinite Jest is a sprawling tour de force, which is often melancholy, funny and essayistic within the space of a few pages, and almost every page is rich with the local pleasures of Wallace's ability to render the ordinary in unusual and imaginative ways." Stephen Burn, The Times Literary Supplement (read the entire TLS review)

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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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"A virtuoso display of style....There is generous intelligence and authentic passion on every page." Arthur Sheppard, Time Magazine

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"There's no doubt that Wallace's talent is immense and his imagination limitless. When he backs off and gives his narrative some breathing room, he emerges as a consistently innovative, sensitive, and intelligent writer." Dave Eggers, San Francisco Chronicle

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"Well, there is nothing epic or infinite about this, although much that's repetitious or long....[T]his is not so much a novel of ideas as a novel of brand names and acronyms. They sweep past one's eye in a flutter that leaves only one thing to hope for, and that is style." Paul West, The Washington Post Book World

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"[S]o few American writers show anything resembling Wallace's critical engagement with the popular culture that disowns them. At minimum, he's the funniest writer of his generation. I can't decide if I want his next book to be shorter or not." Jonathan Dee, Voice Literary Supplement

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"Wallace has not so much written a novel as created a system, an intricately engineered internally consistent system that is fueled by his endless imagination, his pure verbal prowess and a language that looks familiar but feels utterly invented." David McLean, Boston Book Review

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"[T]his skeleton of satire is fleshed out with several domestically scaled narratives and masses of hyperrealistic quotidian detail. The overall effect is something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola." Jay McInerney, The New York Times Book Review

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"Wallace's brilliant but somewhat bloated dirigible of a second novel will appeal to steadfast readers of Pynchon and Gaddis. But few others will have the stamina for it....[I]ngenious and often outrageously funny..." Publishers Weekly

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"If you can stand the extreme length, ignore the footnotes, and have a bed-desk to rest this tome on, this book can be fun....Distinct, idiomatic, wild, and crazy, this book is destined to have a cult following." Library Journal

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"A work of genius...grandly ambitious, wickedly comic, a wild, surprisingly readable tour de force." Seattle Times

Synopsis:

Somewhere in the not-so-distant future, the screwed-up residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the Enfield Tennis Academy search for the master copy of a movie so dangerously entertaining that its viewers die in a state of catatonic bliss. Explores essential questions about what entertainment is, why we need it, and what it says about who we are.

About the Author

David Foster Wallace is the author of Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System, and Girl With Curious Hair. His essays and stories have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, Playboy, Paris Review, Conjunctions, Premiere, Tennis, The Missouri Review, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Wallace has received the Whiting Award, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Paris Review Prize for humor, the QPB Joe Savago New Voices Award, and an O. Henry Award.

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sebastian weitzeil, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by sebastian weitzeil)
Without spoiling this book, a synopsis is difficult. But I have come up with a fitting pitch for it that doesn't ruin Infinite Jest: to boil it down, this pillar of art is a comedy novel about addiction, entertainment, and when t the line begins to blur. It focuses mainly on Hal Incandenza and his family, as well as a handful of other characters, all of which are memorable. For such a long book, it goes by so quickly because of the way it is written. He uses a style that makes you keep reading. I loved it, and I can see myself reading it many more times to come. There are very, very few things that have genuinely altered, changed, or added on to my existing way of viewing existence. I loved every word of Infinite Jest. David Foster Wallace was insanely genius.
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blake.peterson, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by blake.peterson)
David Foster Wallace's sprawling epic chronicles drug use and abuse largely in two separate narrative arcs that wind around each other, like the strands of a DNA helix, that highlight the internal lives, from every possible angle, of his protagonists. Naturally the book is replete with Foster Wallace's use of inter-story addendums (in an extensive use of end-notes) that grant the format a slight documentary feel, as if Foster Wallace were a journalist who had managed to peer into the soul of his characters.

This adds to it's considerable heft, both in the weight of the subject material and actual physical weight. One gets the feeling that Foster Wallace so desperately wants you to understand his subject's reality that he includes everything, absolutely everything, that is remotely pertinent to the story. This makes the book a massive undertaking, for Foster Wallace and the reader both, and is not to be lightly taken up.

But if you have the time and mental tenacity to brave Foster Wallace's sea of words, in which every mot seems absolutely necessary, the journey is quite worthwhile.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316921176
Author:
Wallace, David Foster
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Compulsive behavior
Subject:
Addicts.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Publication Date:
February 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
1088
Dimensions:
9.20x6.20x1.98 in. 2.79 lbs.

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Product details 1088 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316921176 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Infinite Jest is a sprawling tour de force, which is often melancholy, funny and essayistic within the space of a few pages, and almost every page is rich with the local pleasures of Wallace's ability to render the ordinary in unusual and imaginative ways." (read the entire TLS review)
"Review" by , "A virtuoso display of style....There is generous intelligence and authentic passion on every page."
"Review" by , "There's no doubt that Wallace's talent is immense and his imagination limitless. When he backs off and gives his narrative some breathing room, he emerges as a consistently innovative, sensitive, and intelligent writer."
"Review" by , "Well, there is nothing epic or infinite about this, although much that's repetitious or long....[T]his is not so much a novel of ideas as a novel of brand names and acronyms. They sweep past one's eye in a flutter that leaves only one thing to hope for, and that is style."
"Review" by , "[S]o few American writers show anything resembling Wallace's critical engagement with the popular culture that disowns them. At minimum, he's the funniest writer of his generation. I can't decide if I want his next book to be shorter or not."
"Review" by , "Wallace has not so much written a novel as created a system, an intricately engineered internally consistent system that is fueled by his endless imagination, his pure verbal prowess and a language that looks familiar but feels utterly invented."
"Review" by , "[T]his skeleton of satire is fleshed out with several domestically scaled narratives and masses of hyperrealistic quotidian detail. The overall effect is something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola."
"Review" by , "Wallace's brilliant but somewhat bloated dirigible of a second novel will appeal to steadfast readers of Pynchon and Gaddis. But few others will have the stamina for it....[I]ngenious and often outrageously funny..."
"Review" by , "If you can stand the extreme length, ignore the footnotes, and have a bed-desk to rest this tome on, this book can be fun....Distinct, idiomatic, wild, and crazy, this book is destined to have a cult following."
"Review" by , "A work of genius...grandly ambitious, wickedly comic, a wild, surprisingly readable tour de force."
"Synopsis" by , Somewhere in the not-so-distant future, the screwed-up residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the Enfield Tennis Academy search for the master copy of a movie so dangerously entertaining that its viewers die in a state of catatonic bliss. Explores essential questions about what entertainment is, why we need it, and what it says about who we are.
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