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4.0 out of 5 stars This Book Stays With You (and not as a doorstop), November 13, 2003
This review is from: Infinite Jest: A Novel (Paperback)
My title lies. This book didn't stay with me -- it has traveled to many of my friends who wanted to read it for themselves. I think that it's currently somewhere in the South Pacific. I finished this book at least four years ago, and I still complain about it. This causes my friends to borrow it. Why?
My chief complaint: I actually liked this book, maybe even loved it.
I really wanted to hate it. I really hated lugging it on the subway to read. I hated breaking a sweat if I carried it anywhere during those summer months. I hated everyone who stopped me as I read and said, "Infinite Jest... I started that, but it's too long to finish. What page are you on?" I hated the tiny print, the endnotes (don't skip them), and the two bookmarks.
But the book itself was worth it. It is a book that you want to buy. I won't give you a plot overview because an overview of a book of this length is a bit silly and I can't do better than what has already been done. Also, I believe that you should take your time and read the book -- be naive and don't skip ahead. Good books of this length should be savored.
What I will do is predict that, eventually, you will want to read Infinite Jest again. I still remember the characters in that book better than some of the men I dated. While I may be trying to forget those men, I am now readying myself for the second reading of Infiinte Jest because certain aspects are getting hazy -- and this is one book deserving so much more than that.
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