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Elegant complexity : a study of David Foster Wallace's Infinite jest

Author: Greg Carlisle
Publisher: Los Angeles ; Austin : Sideshow Media Group, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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"Elegant Complexity is the first critical work to provide detailed and thorough commentary on each of the 192 sections of David Foster Wallace's masterful Infinite Jest. No other commentary on Infinite Jest recognizes that Wallace clearly divided the book into 28 chapters that are thematically unified. A chronology at the end of the study reorders each section of the novel into a sequential timeline that orients the  Read more...
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Named Person: David Foster Wallace; David Foster Wallace; David Foster Wallace
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Carlisle
ISBN: 9780976146537 0976146533
OCLC Number: 233987430
Description: 512 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Greg Carlisle.

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"Elegant Complexity is the first critical work to provide detailed and thorough commentary on each of the 192 sections of David Foster Wallace's masterful Infinite Jest. No other commentary on Infinite Jest recognizes that Wallace clearly divided the book into 28 chapters that are thematically unified. A chronology at the end of the study reorders each section of the novel into a sequential timeline that orients the reader and that could be used to support a chronological reading of the novel. Other helpful reference materials include a thematic outline, more chronologies, a map of one the novel's settings, lists of characters grouped by association, and an indexed list of references. Elegant Complexity orients the reader at the beginning of each section and keeps commentary separate for those readers who only want orientation. The researcher looking for specific characters or themes is provided a key at the beginning of each commentary. Carlisle explains the novel's complex plot threads (and discrepancies) with expert insight and clear commentary. The book is 99% spoiler-free for first-time readers of Infinite Jest."--Publisher's website.

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