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.
©1996 David Foster Wallace (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Say something about yourself!
Best book ever
It's all good
You can not make a film of this book. And I hope nobody ever trys
I am sorry and happy to announce : "this is the best book ever written."
"Lemon pledge - a faulty promise"
No. It's bloody long!!! I've book-marked sections that I'll revisit. I'll probably buy the book eventually and skim through.
Don Gately. His sober respite was oddly comforting.
Momentum, and the promise that they wouldn't have employed someone this good at reading a story if the book wasn't so. Damn. Good.
More than can be recounted. Poor Tony Krause's story living in the toilets going into withdrawal moved me to tears. More the humanity of the writing than Poor Tony.
Yes or no? Definitely Yes.
"didn't quite reach the heights"
Having enjoyed the struggle thru Part 1, I had hoped that Part 2 would have the same humour and cleverness but a little bit more narrative. It doesn't, in fact the book just stops. I am glad that I persevered. The narrator is superb.
Ok, I just finished and I still can't fathom what I've been through, 3 months of not being able to stop this book and now that it's over I think I need to go to the beginning so I can try to fathom what's going on.
"No Part I??"
This is ridiculous. Part I isn't available only Part II and nowhere is that made clear.
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