- Paperback: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (5 Jun. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349121087
- ISBN-13: 978-0349121086
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 5 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Infinite Jest Paperback – 5 Jun 1997
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A writer of virtuostic talents who can seemingly do anything (NEW YORK TIMES)
Wallace is a superb comedian of culture . . . his exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight (James Woods, GUARDIAN)
He induces the kind of laughter which, when read in bed with a sleeping partner, wakes said sleeping partner up . . . He's damn good (Nicholas Lezard, GUARDIAN)
One of the best books about addiction and recovery to appear in recent memory. (SUNDAY TIMES)
* 'Ambitious, accomplished, deeply humorous, brilliant and witty and moving. A literary sensation' INDEPENDENT
* With a new foreword by Dave Eggers
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It really is not as difficult as so many would like to believe. Just go along with the journey. I have to admit, I didn't understand every paragraph. But this isn't Hegel.
A brief read of the blurb lends us the signifiers of a 'cult' novel: this is a drug book in some way. Think 'Naked Lunch' perhaps? Think 'Under the Volcano'? On the web there are whispers about Pynchon, the book is set in an imagined near-future North America in which the calendar itself is commodified - years are owned by advertising sponsors. So yes - cult again - the marrying of the high and the low - the last hoorah of the post-modern?
So yes, we have expectations - are they necessarily fulfilled?
David Foster Wallace was a prodigiously talented writer- the first (and for me, the major) pleasure of 'Infinite Jest' is simply the spectacle of watching words work in a myriad different ways. He was a novelist in the truest sense of the word - because he creates a fully immersive, believable world. His facility for capturing the different registers of language is simply gobsmacking. 'Infinite Jest' positively bubbles with a babel of different voices- from the paranoid ramblings of the dope-head to the forensic autism of the tennis-prodigy.
This verbal exuberance is matched, if not exceeded by a torrent of ideas. The book itself is wedged behind a block of frighteningly detailed footnotes -as if the pages of the narrative itself could not contain everything the author felt he needed to tell us.Read more ›
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Don't waste your precious time on this bloated claptrap. The writing is clumsy, portentous, and lacking any discernable style. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Synaptic Syncope.
The item was delivered in time. The package was not damaged and the item is working just fine. It is a good deal indeedPublished 1 month ago by Nicolò
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A most celebrated but boring book. D. F. Wallace was a genius, but this is not really his best.Published 4 months ago by Piero Caracciolo
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