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
The journey is maddeningly intriguing. Some of the scenes are brilliant. The author has no regard for chronological time - so following along is a challenge (and part of the fun). Eventually, the plot lines seem to be coming together for a grand conclusion. However, the neat and tidy ending that seems to be hovering just around the corner never arrives. Oh well. I guess the point is to enjoy the journey. Brilliantly narrated - which surely enhances the experience.
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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."
"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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