In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").
Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bartt95 - LibraryThing
I have mixed feelings regarding this book. On the one hand, it's extremely painstaking to read. Look up from reading once and when you come back you are utterly lost in a sentence, since they wind on ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - alexrichman - LibraryThing
A remarkable set of stories. As with Tenth of December, almost all of them can be recalled at will. My two favourites were The Soul Is Not A Smithy, with its bizarre duelling narratives, and Oblivion ... Read full review