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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



Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of INFINITE JEST, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . .



'Wallace's exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight, and he has deep things to say about the hollowness of contemporary American pleasure . . . sentences and whole pages are marvels of cosmic concentration . . . Wallace is a superb comedian of culture'

James Wood, GUARDIAN

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 05/06/1997 ISBN-13: 9780349121086  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Foster Wallace is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Paris Review's Aga Kahn Prize and John Train Prize for Humour, and the O. Henry Award.

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Infinite Jest is famous or infamous depending on your viewpoint. A few facts: it’s long as in 1083 pages long and the infamous part is the notes and errata section which is over 90 pages of extremely small print, some of the notes are pages long. It may be long but it’s not obscure or difficult to read, if Finnegan’s Wake gets 10 out of 10 for reading difficulty, IJ would get 3 in my view. There are plenty of words I had to look up and he does make up some, but there’s a helpful wiki site which explains some of the more obscure words and provides plot summaries. It’s not boring – for sheer mind numbing tedium Moby Dick is hard to beat; it’s nearly always entertaining and parts of it are extremely funny, as in laughing out loud on the train so people stare at you funny. The only part which niggled me was that it’s set in the future, and of course predicting future technological advances is a hostage to fortune, but it hardly affects the enjoyment. There are major themes, the action mostly takes place in Boston where there’s the tennis academy of the Incandenza family who are the main players; the Ennet House addiction rehabilitation centre down the hill from the academy, principal player Don Gately; the wheelchair assassins, a sinister Canadian separatist group; and the secret agents of the US/Canada confederation known as the Organisation of North American Nations (ONAN, ho, ho). Infinite Jest is the title of a video produced by James Incandenza which is so compelling to watch that any viewer loses the will to do anything other than watch it until they die. The wheelchair assassins want to recover the master copy and broadcast it to cause widespread death across ONAN. Someone who read it told me that if you enjoy it you don’t understand it – well clearly I didn’t understand it as I found it hugely enjoyable and wished it was even longer! If you’ve been put off reading it by the length or reviews that say it’s difficult to read just ignore them and make up your own mind, I’m glad I did. If you have the printed version then be prepared to tote around a brick sized book for around 4 or 5 weeks of reading pleasure.

- 25/10/2017
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