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Great at weighing down your bookshelf
on 4 January 2015
This is a very very long work with a strong, pseudo-academic, emphasis on technical detail. You should definitely assume that you won't have time to read it all, but the information conveyed is useful and clear. It would work quite well as a reference, where you look up some specific topic on your mind, but in that case you might want to research works which are specialised for the topic in mind, as this will not have all the latest information and techniques.
This work (TAoCP) is technically incomplete in that there is more to be added, but as Knuth's life's work it is unlikely that it will be finished in the medium term, so that's definitely no reason not to buy it.
To be frank, it works much better as a token of geekiness than a set of books to read, yet if you do not attempt to read it you will be missing out.