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Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

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ISBN13: 9781594830990
ISBN10: 1594830991
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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.

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"This audiobook is like no other — not for the fabulous essays or deft narration, but for its inclusion of footnotes. Audio footnotes? It's quite simple. When Wallace reads his plentiful footnotes, which as fans know are anecdotal asides rather than bibliographic references, his voice changes tone. At first, this audio wrinkle sounds odd. But the novelty quickly fades and the parentheticals play as effective and amusing a role as in his print work, perhaps more so since here flow can be better maintained. Wallace dissects various subjects — lobsters, porn, sports memoirs, September 11 — through Midwestern eyes. Smart and incisive, he always goes deep and follows threads of thought to their vanishing points, often in witty (though never a self-consciously clever) manner. His delivery is dead-on and fresh, the words often springing from his mouth as if conceived on the spot. His voice mostly hovers a notch or two above monotone, imbuing the material with equal parts wonder and skepticism. Though this collection comprises a mere four hours on three discs, Wallace's depth and breadth creates the sensation of a larger narrative — an audible confirmation that modern American writing continues to gain strength. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 10). (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This hilarious and brilliant new collection of essays is from the award-winning author of the bestseller "Infinite Jest." Abridged. 3 CDs.

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J Gire, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by J Gire)
My book of the decade. Consider the Lobster covers so much ground, from animal rights to political discourse to grammar theory. Every time I get into this book I come out a smarter, more curious and wishing so much that DFW was still with us.
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Publisher:
Time Warner AudioBooks
Subject:
General
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American wit and humor
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Essays
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American essays
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Audiobooks
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Anthologies-Essays
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Y
Publication Date:
20051231
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Compact Disc
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.86x5.92x.60 in. .22 lbs.
Media Run Time:
240

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Product details pages Little Brown and Company - English 9781594830990 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This audiobook is like no other — not for the fabulous essays or deft narration, but for its inclusion of footnotes. Audio footnotes? It's quite simple. When Wallace reads his plentiful footnotes, which as fans know are anecdotal asides rather than bibliographic references, his voice changes tone. At first, this audio wrinkle sounds odd. But the novelty quickly fades and the parentheticals play as effective and amusing a role as in his print work, perhaps more so since here flow can be better maintained. Wallace dissects various subjects — lobsters, porn, sports memoirs, September 11 — through Midwestern eyes. Smart and incisive, he always goes deep and follows threads of thought to their vanishing points, often in witty (though never a self-consciously clever) manner. His delivery is dead-on and fresh, the words often springing from his mouth as if conceived on the spot. His voice mostly hovers a notch or two above monotone, imbuing the material with equal parts wonder and skepticism. Though this collection comprises a mere four hours on three discs, Wallace's depth and breadth creates the sensation of a larger narrative — an audible confirmation that modern American writing continues to gain strength. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 10). (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This hilarious and brilliant new collection of essays is from the award-winning author of the bestseller "Infinite Jest." Abridged. 3 CDs.
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