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The Broom of the System

Wallace, David Foster (Paperback - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Penguin Putnam
The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from one of this century's most groundbreaking writers, The Broom of the System is an outlandishly funny and fiercely intelligent exploration of the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.



Authors: Wallace, David Foster
Statement of Responsibility: David Foster Wallace
Title: The broom of the system
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010, c1987
Characteristics: 467 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking Penguin, 1987
Subject Headings: Cleveland (Ohio) Fiction Grandmothers Fiction Missing persons Fiction Popular culture Fiction Young women Fiction
Topical Term: Grandmothers
Missing persons
Popular culture
Young women
ISBN: 0143116932
9780143116936
Branch Call Number: FIC W
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List - The Philosophical Novel by: nypl_seward_park Feb 14, 2012

1987. Wallace's first novel, in which a recurring concept is psychology as it relates to words and language, and many of the theories discussed involve the ideas and theories of Ludwig Wittgenstein.


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Oct 29, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

First novel by DFW. Amusing and challenging. Worth reading if you are interested.

I was curious about DFW, yet "Infinite Jest" just seemed WAY too long for an introduction. His debut novel, "Broom of The System", answered my questions. Great writing, interspersed with experimental, tedious, italics stream-of-consciousness that I found myself skipping through. He obviously knew a lot about psychoanalysis and philosophy. I get it, but think I'm done. Isn't brevity the soul of wit?

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