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Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All: An Essay [Kindle Edition]

David Foster Wallace
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One of David Foster Wallace's most famous essays, now available as an eBook short.

Beloved for his keen eye, sharp wit, and relentless self-mockery, David Foster Wallace has been celebrated by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. In this hilarious essay, originally published in the collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, he ventures to the Illinois State Fair, where he examines butter sculptures, munches on corndogs, and swaps stories with local exhibitors. As he wanders through this endlessly fascinating world, Wallace's one-of-a-kind blend of humor and insight is on full display. "Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All" is an uproarious and ultimately unforgettable foray into a classic part of American life and culture.

Product Details

  • File Size: 279 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGTWK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent nonfiction (more or less) from Wallace December 5, 2012
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If you liked "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again", (and if you haven't read that, do yourself a favor and read it!), you'll very probably like this. It's hilarious and insightful, and informed by his having spent most of his youth in that region of Illinois.
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I probably enjoy fairs more than Wallace did. However, it was both a fun and interesting read, with occasional doses of cynicism to keep people like me in reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read March 8, 2014
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It is sad and funny. It's another way of writing and it's good. It's a kind of diary but it's much more in that it's about himself but it's also about his country and where he was born and where he lived - but it's also more than this. My guess is that at the end, it is about literature or, if one is talented, there are new ways of writing, even after Kafka or Proust or As I Lay Dying. I'm not talking only about this book but about all other David Foster Wallace books and writings. If you read A Supposedly Funny Thing I'll Never Do Again or Brief Interviews with Hideous Men you'll find (at least I did) a new way of writing that makes silly the distinction between fiction and non-fiction - life and literature becoming both at once. It's more than good - I really did appreciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illinois flatland absurdisms January 1, 2014
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Interesting dissection of an Illinois State Fair from a former native. DFW has an incredible ability to not only chronicle the absurd but also to find his own idiosyncrasies and alert the reader to them--often hysterically. Great piece.
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More About the Author

David Foster Wallace wrote the acclaimed novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes the essay collections Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and the full-length work Everything and More.  He died in 2008.

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