Stephen P. McSweeney

Hastings-On-Hudson, New York United States
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  • The Pale King

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
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  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death....

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  • Compelling Profound Book about Tedium

  • By Stephen P. McSweeney on 06-02-12

Compelling Profound Book about Tedium

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Reviewed: 06-02-12

Tedium, trivia and selfconsciousness as the essence of life. Drinian, the android/alien IRS examiner, is one of the most mysterious and compelling literary creations since...oh, don't know, something in Pynchon back when he was hitting all the marks, as is the agent he understands/misunderstans so well. Unfinished, tragically, Imbued with the strangness of the really real, undeniably. Not right or fair in the least that an incredible writer like Wallace is dead. Damn! Damn! Damn!.

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