Infinite Jest
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on December 6, 2013
David Foster Wallace's Magnum Opus. This book challenges you. If you don't want to be challenged, don't read it. If you do want to be challenged, plunge in. It seeps into your bones. You will laugh, you may cry. You will remember the Incandenza Family.
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on September 29, 2013
Not sure I'm up for the depth of verbiage this book brings. Difficult for my intellect to really grasp the concept and story line but...I do appreciate it! Going to probably take me a very, very long time to reach the last page. This is a massive read.
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on May 29, 2015
A major work. The depth of the text is extreme; at times as rich as Pynchon, but ultimately it fails to deliver on the promise of a transformationL narrative. Why do these characters go through these things? What is their fate? Why should we care?
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on January 24, 2013
The only drawback to reading the novel has been the weightiness, and the need for two bookmarks while looking up the hilarious footnotes. With the price of the eBook under $5, there's no reason not to own one of the best books of the 20th century!
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on April 14, 2003
First of all, this book is really long. It also is very dense, which isn't necessarily bad, but it increases the time invested. I estimate that this book consumed 5 books worth of reading time. This isn't a book to approach lightly; it's like buying a house or adopting an infant.
So, tread carefully, fellow reader, for it's a long strange trip. It's a trip with lots of big words scattered gratuitously about, sure to strain even the most prodigious of vocabularies.
There are a series of loosely interweaving plots, involving a truly delightful crew. Mr. Wallace send us on an extended amusement park ride with harrowing twists and turns, surprises and quick jerks, then essentially brings us back to where we started. Along this ride, there are probably 100 pages that are among the best pages of prose I have ever read.
It's a long ride and I just got a little tired. I wanted the ride to come to the end, but had to endure another 300 pages of his magic because it was so darn compelling.
My main concern is recommending the book to the right people, as it is so costly an endeavour. Essentially, this is Trippy Literature. If you like Trippy Literature, and want to endure 1000 pages of one of its finest incarnations, read on you crazy diamond. If you don't like Trippy literature, or you are not sure what "Trippy" means, read Brother's Karamazov.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2004
I just finished reading the most recent review of this novel (from 1999), a scathing piece of drivel by some self-important, overly-educated nitwit who pendantically lambasted a fellow reviewer's intellectual capacity and attention span for misspelling "intelligent", when in the very same sentence he misspelled "misspell" (that's two s's, genius)... How's that for irony?
I read this novel about 8 years ago and I hold it fully accountable for changing the way I view fiction. It served as my introduction to Thomas Pynchon, James Joyce, Umberto Eco and Gabriel Garcia Marquez as well as a host of other authors who experiment with the structure of novels. Terrific piece of writing by an outstanding author whose work crackles with ideas.
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on June 8, 2014
A long read, and in many ways a difficult read as the narrative seems to be all over the place. But slowly you find yourself engaged and wanting to hear what the author is talking to you about and you slog on, and are glad you did.
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on June 3, 2015
This is a goofy book. I recognize its literary importance and unique qualities, but I just couldn't follow it. It's a real doorstopper and a third of the way in I still didn't quite understand what was going on. Try it though.
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on January 22, 2013
This is the best book I've ever read. Insightful, humorous, poignant. You'll find every character is important and has underlying issues the reader can identify with it. The meta-fiction aspect is the best I've come across.
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on October 25, 2014
Brilliant writing, indeed, not a lazy sentence in this huge opus sparkling of genius. Just a little soulless, if I may add. The literary quality is probably six stars out of five, and emotional impact is a three stars.
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