There are plenty of reasons to dislike this book. It's ridiculously long, overwritten and overblown in places, the plot is fragmented and difficult to follow and many will balk at the ending.
That said this book might just change your life and will change the way you think. DFW might not be the greatest storyteller but his wondrous analytical brain, his powerful imagination and his mastery of language are all on display.
Whether IJ is really a novel at all is a matter of debate. It's certainly a melting pot of different strains - a treatise on loneliness, discourse on addiction, a window (lots of windows) on depression, corporatism, environmentalism, terrorism, entertainment, friendship and family . A tale of genuinely amazing scope capturing life and thought in the modern media saturated, sensory overloaded, consumption driven age. While those who find themselves a little bit lost or broken in this overwhelming age of ours may not necessarily find answers or even solace in IJ they will certainly feel a little less alone in the universe.