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Achingly funny, nothing short of sublime Publishers Weekly Rich and substantial and alive ... Wallace's finest work as a novelist Time The Pale King contains what's sure to be some of the finest fiction of the year ... he was the closest thing we had to a recording angel GQ Brilliant observation, and comic aside, and satirical nuance and existential theorising tumble over each other for the reader's attention ... as alive and affecting as anything Wallace wrote Observer Sometimes as a critic the most important part of your job is to say: here, this is it, we've found it, someone's doing it. That someone was Wallace. He was the real thing Evening Standard Although unfinished, this work refines Wallace's tradition as an originator of meticulously constructed sentences that simultaneously induce laughter, contemplation, empathy and sorrow, but which ultimately leave the reader somehow changed ... [Wallace] was not only the greatest writer of his generation, but one of the most important thinkers of the age Courier Mail Everyone who cares about literature should buy it The Age The Pale King gave me a pleasure and excitement that I can describe only as biological. That is to say, the book produced in me that very rare, warm, head-to-toe tingling that comes with admission to a paradise of language and intelligence -- Joseph O' Neill The Times Remarkable -- Jonathan Derbyshire New Statesman Fragmented, challenging, humorous and typically digressive, it is perhaps the most intriguing work of fiction ever written about boredom Financial Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.
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This book contains passages that are amazing, almost spell-binding in their ability to capture the flow of human thought as it gets wound around the details of everyday life. But it is completely and totally unfinished, more a series of promising sketches than a novel. None of it is going to really wrap up. You'll get introduced to some incredibly interesting characters (I loved Leonard and am deeply saddened to know he'll never be brought more to light, that we'll never know more about the fates of "Irrelevant" Chris Fogle, Lane, the ficticious David Wallace, that weird baby, or even the self-absorbed Meredith). But it's an unfinished novel in every sense of the word - the beginning, middle, and end aren't fully fleshed out.
David Foster Wallace isn't to every taste. The stuff that sends readers like me over the moon is really unappealing to some people. I know firsthand - I happened to be married to one of those people. And that goes double for an unfinished Wallace novel. We'll never know how he would have brought this all together, what details he might have adjusted or culled. It's incredible that after reading 538 pages, you close the book feeling as if you've barely scratched the surface of what this novel could have been. But, to borrow a thought from the editor's foreword, I'm so glad that this book was published - even in a totally incomplete state - rather than filed away with the rest of his papers.
In a better, less tragic, alternate reality, we would have been treated to an exceptional novel. In this reality, "The Pale King" is what we get. I'm sad it's all we get, but so grateful for the decision to share it with us.