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Infinite jest : a novel

by David Foster Wallace

  Book : Fiction  |  1st ed

Best Book of the Last 10 Years!   (2007-05-06)

Excellent

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by srharris19

I've often heard this book described as "difficult." Nonsense! It's long. It's complex. It's challenging. It covers lots of weighty subject matter. But it's also funny, intriguing, stimulating, and touching.Yes, I really meant "touching." For all the talk about how Wallace plays games with the reader, sets up many unanswered questions, leads you through a narrative wild goose chase (all those things ARE true), the book is also stuffed with fully-drawn characters who really do hold our interest, and, yes, capture our concern. The book is drawn with lots of post-modern effects, but the story is driven by Wallace's humanism.It's not just a bunch of showing off. It's a great story, told in a masterfully experimental way.


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