Little, Brown, Apr 13, 2009 - Fiction - 1104 pages
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.
With a foreword by Tom Bisell.
"The next step in fiction...Edgy, accurate, and darkly witty...Think Beckett, think Pynchon, think Gaddis. Think." —Sven Birkerts, The Atlantic
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Some of the writing is the best I have read. This is not a plot driven novel, but rather a book commenting on society. Many characters who are unique and memorable. I recommend using the Wikipages to decode and decipher some obscure references.
A life altering, earth shattering read
David Foster Wallace is a master of the English language. This post-post-modern fiction brings you deep into a well fleshed-out world of intrigue and emotion; prepare to lose yourself with the pages. With end-notes that can be as long as entire chapters of other books, I'm not sure how easy this would be to read on an e-reader, but it's worth a shot! Words can't describe the life the DFW breathes into his writing -- he is masterful, dark, witty, funny, thought-provoking, evocative, convoluted, and crystal clear, all at once. He is brilliant, and this book is his opus. ENJOY!