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Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest Paperback – November 30, 2007
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To call it a study is misleading. It is only a guide, though it _is_ a commendable guide.
What it comes down to is a very explicit and formulaic cliffsnotes: summarize a passage, extract the themes, explain them ad. naus. While I don't think most of the people who read "Jest" in its entirety in the first place will need guidance with everything "complexity" offers, I think it does offer points "Jest" scholars will enjoy exploring further.
"Elegant Complexity" is neither, but this only serves to provide a little insight in less than a few thousand pages. It's good for what it is - an explicit guide. Make sure that it's what you want.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would have missed a ton of stuff in IJ if it wasn't for elegant complexity. Worth the time to read with IJ.Published 1 month ago by Taylor
Impossible to read IJ without this handy companion. The author spent years compiling it with obsessive attention to detail.Published 3 months ago by Simon
This is a fantastic companion to Infinite Jest. You can read it as you read Infinite Jest without worrying about spoilers.Published 4 months ago by Xylo A Acevedo
This is a great companion to Infinite Jest. I read it chapter by chapter with the Wallace.Published 8 months ago by Arro
I agree with Oakley and towercity. This book is almost entirely plot summary and even that is not done as well as it should be. Very little analysis. Read morePublished 11 months ago by stereothing
I gave this five stars but of course this is because I'm a major Infinite Jest and DFW fan. For newcomers, I would suggest starting with his story collections and non-fiction... Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Sunny
I just completed reading Infinite Jest for the second time (first time was about 12 years ago) and I was looking for a book to plainly and clearly explicate the intricate story... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Aaron Jabril
A great read for anybody who loved Infinite Jest. Highly recommended if you are not some genius literary analysist who probably already knows the definition of carbuncular.Published on April 21, 2013 by Tyler Hall