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Infinite Jest

A Novel

Wallace, David Foster

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Infinite Jest
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A spoof on our culture featuring a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation house near Boston. The center becomes a hotbed of revolutionary activity by Quebec separatists in revolt against the Organization of North American Nations which now rules the continent.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2006
Edition: Back Bay 10th anniversary pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316066525
0316066524
Branch Call Number: FIC W
Characteristics: xv, 1079 p. ; 24 cm.

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List - The Philosophical Novel by: nypl_seward_park Feb 14, 2012

1996. This lengthy and complex work takes place in a semi-parodic future version of North America, and touches on tennis, substance addiction and recovery programs, depression, child abuse, family relationships, advertising and popular entertainment, film theory, and Quebec separatism, among oth... Read More »


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Nov 10, 2014
  • Pomelo_SF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wasn't able to read fiction for months after I finished Infinite Jest, as nothing else could compare to its intensity. This novel is courageous in both length and content.

Loved this book! Very funny!

One of the funniest, most elaborate books ever written.

I'll try reading this again during the summer.

Oct 30, 2013
  • ehm_chen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely mindblowing, and absolutely NOT for everyone. For sure, the first 50 pages or so are completely overwhelming and a bit of a slog... but then the pace picks up, my brain started to understand what was going on, and then I was full-on addicted. This is not light reading and is a true project: took about 6 months to read (which means multiple take-outs and renewals!). I've never read anything like it, and already know I will read it again; some of the funniest, most tragic and cleverest writing I've encountered.

Oct 27, 2013
  • stewstealth rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very enjoyable and humorous book. Try Girl with the Curious Hair ( a collection of short stories by the author) to see if you like the author's sense of humor. This novel is over 1000 pages of very dense narrative and descriptions. Expect to spend some time enjoying the prose, Well worth reading if you can handle the "Epic" aspect of the novel.

Mar 05, 2013
  • chiem14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Worth the multiple months of reading. Entertaining, even in its own right, and will definitely be placed among the best novels of all time, if it hasn't been already.

Jul 17, 2012
  • ellenwright rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book I ever read and it gets better each time I read it again.

Jul 16, 2012
  • annafaraday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just reread this for the third time....it is worth the time to read this massive book.

Jun 24, 2012
  • ColemanRidge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You meet Hal Incandenza at the beginning, in hell. You meet Gately about halfway through, on his way out of hell. The rest of the book tells how Hal wound up there, and why Gately is willing to do anything at all to get out. There is a lot of associated cerebral razzle-dazzle, all functional and interesting, but basically serving to dilute the central story enough that it doesn't hurt you so bad you can't finish.

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Mar 05, 2013
  • chiem14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Warning: this novel contains extreme epic-ness - along with language, drug references and other stuff.

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Mar 05, 2013
  • chiem14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”

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David Foster Wallace on Charlie Rose

1997 interview of David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest.

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