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Infinite Jest

A Novel
Wallace, David Foster (eBook - 1996 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Grand Central Pub
A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.



Baker & Taylor
The story of an intelligent but zany dysfunctional family is set in a drug-and-alcohol addict's halfway house and a tennis academy and follows such themes as heartbreak, philosophy, and advertising. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
Infinite Jest is the name of a movie said to be so entertaining that anyone who watches it loses all desire to do anything but watch it. People die happily, viewing it in endless repetition. The novel Infinite Jest is the story of this addictive entertainment, and in particular how it affects a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts and a nearby tennis academy, whose students have many budding addictions of their own. As the novel unfolds, various individuals, organizations, and governments vie to obtain the master copy of Infinite Jest for their own ends, and the denizens of the tennis school and the halfway house are caught up in increasingly desperate efforts to control the movie - as is a cast including burglars, transvestite muggers, scam artists, medical professionals, pro football stars, bookies, drug addicts both active and recovering, film students, political assassins, and one of the most endearingly messed-up families ever captured in a novel.
On this outrageous frame hangs an exploration of essential questions about what entertainment is, and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment interacts with our need to connect with other humans; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. The huge cast and multilevel narrative serve a story that accelerates to a breathtaking, heartbreaking, unforgettable conclusion. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the very idea of what a novel can do.

Hachette Book Group
A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.



Authors: Wallace, David Foster
Statement of Responsibility: David Foster Wallace
Title: Infinite jest
a novel
[electronic resource]
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Company, c1996
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Notes: Electronic book
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] Little, Brown and Company 2009 Available via World Wide Web
Subject Headings: Compulsive behavior Fiction Addicts Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Electronic books
Topical Term: Compulsive behavior
Addicts
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library
3M Company
ISBN: 9780316162296
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
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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.

May 12, 2011
  • salokin88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just took this out and I am intimidated yet intrigued by the mere heft of this book. Looking foward to trudging my way through it.

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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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  • chiem14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

David Foster Wallace on Charlie Rose

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

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