- Paperback: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Tenth Anniversary ed. edition (Nov. 13 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316066524
- ISBN-13: 978-0316066525
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.8 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 239 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Infinite Jest Paperback – Nov 13 2006
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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
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The passages concerning drug addiction and full-blown alcoholism are truly gripping and down right horrifying.
Not even Malcolm Lowry's "Under The Volcano" succeeds in conveying the utter desperation and helplessness of the chronic alcoholic to such a degree as David Foster Wallace does in "Infinite Jest".
Wallace had a a rather morbid sense of humor and is often extremely funny in a dark sort of here here.
While i found myself getting bored with some lengthy passages of the novel, overall this novel is worth the effort. With a good editor it could have been even better.
The characters were fallible, brilliant and lovable; the plot, ridiculous and engaging; the social commentary, spot-on.
Also, now that I've finished this book, I feel like I can read anything, and that it takes no time at all!
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