cyberdelik, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by cyberdelik)
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...
Back Bay Books -
by Nathan W.,
If I told you this book consists of 500+ pages detailing the inner workings of the massive bureaucracy that is the Internal Revenue Service as well as the interior lives of the people who work there, you'd probably tell me it sounds like a great way to cure insomnia. But Wallace successfully invests his characters and their surroundings with an almost mystical air, suggesting that what lies on the other side of utter dullness is brilliant transcendence a point that is driven home when you reach the end of the book and realize you don't want to stop reading.
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