The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel

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Little, Brown and Company, 2011 - Autobiographical fiction - 548 pages
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The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has.

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User Review  - GrlIntrrptdRdng - LibraryThing

I don't know how I feel about this book. It was mind numbingly, dull but thats also kind of the point of the book. So i hate it for being so fucking boring, but the author did a good job for what he ... Read full review

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User Review  - KelAppNic - LibraryThing

Still reading. Saw that I started in April? I pick it up, I put it down. I read something else, or several something elses. Then I return. But it seems to me this has always been my process with David Foster Wallace. Is there any other way to read him, really? August 13th. Finally done! Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Writer David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York on February 21, 1962. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was working on his master's degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona when he published his debut novel The Broom of the System (1987). Wallace published his second novel Infinite Jest (1996) which introduced a cast of characters that included recovering alcoholics, foreign statesmen, residents of a halfway house, and high-school tennis stars. He spent four years researching and writing this novel. His first collection of short stories was Girl with Curious Hair (1989). He also published a nonfiction work titled Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46 after suffering with bouts of depression for 20 years.

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