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Reader å Infinite Jest ☆ David Foster Wallace A gargantuan mind altering tragi 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 uestions this booki think it is time to write a proper review for this book as it is one of my all time favorites and deserves way than two words back when i was a junior in college i was at the nyu bookstore trying to sell back some textbooks before going away for winter break the person in line in front of me was trying to sell back infinite jest where was i when this class was being offered and of course they weren't taking it back because nyu is a stingy fucking school she turned around to me and said you want this and i said yescuz i don't say no to free and she said merry christmasand kinda just thrust it at me and it was the best present i ever got a true christmas miracle i was on my way to see my then boyfriend in italy for the start of a european jaunt and i missed out on a lot of european cities because i could not put this book down i read it on planes and trains and a gondola in restaurants and bars by canals and in a cafe on top of the alps fuck cathedrals i had this book i am a truly bad traveler but i am a committed reader as soon as i finished the book i started right over and since then i have read it a total of seven times it is the most glorious collection of words that has ever been published it is everything it is funny and sad and creepy and disturbing and completely absorbing and brilliant and he was just a gem of a man the first time i got to meet him i dropped this book in front of him by now all tattered and smooshed and he seem surprised that someone has actually read their copy and then i gave him a card that had been a thank you card but i crossed out thank and wrote fuck in its place and said fuck you for writing the great american novel before i got the chance to this is the kind of thing i think is charming because i am deeply flawed but it worked and he called me and it was really nice he was a great man who was truly kind and courteous to his fans i ended up getting a proper thank you card from him because he is traditionally charming and now i am sad just thinking about this so the review ends here because it has served its cathartic purpose for me and i guess if anyone is reading this you just got a free glimpse into the softer side of karen it happenscome to my blog

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Ebook ê Infinite Jest ì 1088 pages Download ↠ David foster wallace ✓ A gargantuan mind altering tragi 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 fictio Comedy Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value It is an exuberant uniuely American exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can d Around halfway through endnote 90 which itself is 4 pages long Don Gately says It makes me feel good you think I'm decent to talk to That's supposed to be why I'm here I sure needed to talk at the start Can you remember where you were headed before I broke i— interrupted 1001This is arguably what passes for a joke in Infinite Jest See Gately is a reformed thief who used to burglarize houses to support his drug habit So when he starts to say before I broke in he catches himself and corrects it to interruptedThis uote unuote joke I did not catch until my fifth reading of the monster that is Infinite JestIt's the kind of thing that could well polarize your readers5 stars out of 5 I'll talk your ear off about this one if given half a chanceMY FIRST REVIEW JANUARY 2016view spoilerThere are books and then there are BOOKSOnce I told a friend that my mom's favorite book was Atlas Shrugged and my friend said she was just trying to impress me with page count Some might feel the same about Infinite Jest which boasts 1079 pages 981 of prose and the remaining 98 all footnotes It's experimental it's self aware and it's complex Or it's not complex so much as detailed Overdetailed Hyperdetailed But it's also apologetic like the author knows he's got something really important to say and he's just so terribly sorry to bother you with it in this way Maybe knowing that the writer later killed himself colors my opinion but the whole book is infused with gravitas There are scenes full of energy and others that are boring in their normalcy yet it's all described in baroue intricacy that makes the mundane seem powerfully importantInfinite Jest is the story of Hal Incandenza a teenage tennis prodigy from an affluent Massachusetts family who briefly visits an addicts' halfway house It's also the story of Don Gately a reformed thief who finds an unpleasant but effective recovery through the same house's 12 step programs and becomes a hero in the process It's also also the story of a secret short film so addictively entertaining that anyone who watches it dies slowly wasting away as they freeze catatonic and unable to turn it off And it's also also also about all the context in between and around and behind all that like the recent war that forced all the North American countries to merge and the way Hal's father killed himself after filming the film in uestion and the Canadian wheelchair assassin suad seeking to find the master copy so they can weaponize itInfinite Jest reminds us of what words can do what books can be what serious literature as art looks like I admit I had to turn to the Internet early on to search for some clarification But even that foray into cyberspace felt right like the text was only enhanced as time moved us all ahead into a fully digital age It's all part of the experience and Infinite Jest is absolutely that an experience Anyone who has finished it seems to remember where they were when they did sometimes if only because of all the other things they weren't able to do because they spent so much time reading it My copy comes with an introduction by Dave Eggers who compares it to exercise and that's a very apt comparison Reading it is like flexing your brain muscles It's not uite like lifting weights but rather like posing in front of the mirror and thinking I look goodI admit also that I skimmed some sections I skimmed much of the minutiae of the tennis academy routines I skimmed the plodding Eschaton games I skimmed the goofy puppet show film and the political farce of how ONAN got set up These are worldbuilding scenes bloated out of control methodical and tiresome and pretty damn boring And the phone conversations between Hal and Orin Please Nobody talks like thatOn the other hand I was riveted by the scenes in the addicts' house and at the Boston AA meetings And I was transfixed by the delightful passages with Lyle the locker room guru who maybe can hover and gives out sage advice to troubled teens at the tennis academy And I laughed out loud when I read about the feral hamsters breeding in the nuclear wastes among other things The prose could surely benefit from a trim a couple pages here or a dozen there to help speed the narrative along And those footnotes aren't particularly illuminating; I stopped checking them very early on and my understanding didn't suffer any Maybe this is all an artistic choice—if the book is truly about life in America and how we're all escapists trying to endlessly entertain ourselves to distract from the unpleasant thought of our inevitable death as the critical consensus appears to be then these long stretches of dull text must reflect a singular truth about living in reality there's plenty of parts of life itself we'd love to skip over right But we can't We are bound to continue on forwards one minute at a timeSo in the end what to say Is it perfect Well no But it is dramatic and perception altering and significant The depictions of addiction and depression resonate deeply It is absolutely touching and Very Important But it's not easy and I don't know that it's very re readable even though a second reading is strongly encouraged as the ending loops right back around to the beginning a la Finnegan's Wake You could just keep reading through and starting over and jumping right back down the rabbit hole as it were which is very appropriate given the exploration of addiction and the symbolism of the mystery movie2 of 5 as a work of entertainment 5 of 5 as a work of art and thus 4 of 5 stars from me overall OK OK Amended six months later on 592016 I've thought about this book than any other I've read critiues of it and watched movies based on it and speculated upon it and legitimately thought If you want to 'get' me you've got to read 'Infinite Jest'It pops into my consciousness every couple of days or so and if that isn't what makes a 5 star book then I don't know what does 5 stars out of 5 It's something else hide spoiler

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Infinite JestAbout 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 Eual parts philosophical uest and screwball Admittedly Infinite Jest is a tough book You start the book having no clue when it is happening and who the various characters are There is stuff that happens in the opening pages that explains events at the end of the book albeit over 1000 pages and hundreds of footnotes away I'd say it is uite elliptical That being said it is an amazing piece of literature I forced myself through the first 300 and then 400 pages and at about 500 pages I finally hit my stride and was able to follow through to 1071 yes this was the British printing not the American one I loved the characters and the high comedy that is here as well as all the wacky situations in the drug rehab centre and the tennis academy The president reminded me a lot of the current American regime I could almost see the Statue of Liberty carrying a Trump Tower logo across her forehead or maybe a Chick Fil A sign and the text was occasionally of incredible beauty and insightTake this passage from the MaratheSteeply dialog“Someone who had authority or should have had authority and did not exercise authority I do not know But someone sometime let you forget how to choose and whatSomeone let your peoples forget it was the only thing of importance choosing So completely forgetting that when I say choose to you you make expressions with your face such as “Herrrrrre we are going” Someone taught that temples are for fanatics only and took away the temples and promised there was no need for temples And now there is no shelter And no map for finding the shelter of a temple And you all stumble about in the dark this confusion of permissions”This is such a perceptive description of why Drumpf was elected A vast swath of Americans are driven by short attention soans knee jerk reactionism based on their inability to choose and their reliance of alternative facts President J Gentle is eerily similar to Drumpf the coming destruction of Standing Rock by the pipeline from which Drumpf himself oh sorry his son will profit how is that different from the Concavity DFW's book can be read as much of a warning againsy Drumpf as Roth's The Plot Against America or Lewis' It Can't Happen Here And I digressAn important book for the 21st C And oh so relevantI talked for a few hours to fellow Goodreads reading addict Nocturnalux and tried to get her convinced that this should be on her reading list It remains for me a landmark work reuiring infinite patience to get the reveal of the infinite joke at the end