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Infinite Jest

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

I Once Was Lost

I used to think that I'd read all the greatest books of today, and I may have been right. But from the first page to the last this stunning literary masterpiece captured my mind and held it in the vice grips of deep inner doubt, causing me to question my lifestyle, ins...
I used to think that I'd read all the greatest books of today, and I may have been right. But from the first page to the last this stunning literary masterpiece captured my mind and held it in the vice grips of deep inner doubt, causing me to question my lifestyle, inspiring change. This book is a mental catalyst, a lightning strike in the primordial ooze of the sub conscious. Read it, he knows where you live.

posted by Anonymous on February 14, 2001

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Thick

This book is thick. By that, I mean it does not really flow the way most stories do. The narrative tends to jump around in both location and time without any real cohesivness. While the author does have a great sense of humor (I laughed out loud a few times), the scatte...
This book is thick. By that, I mean it does not really flow the way most stories do. The narrative tends to jump around in both location and time without any real cohesivness. While the author does have a great sense of humor (I laughed out loud a few times), the scattered progression of the book makes it difficult to really get into.

I really want to finish reading this book because 1. I started it, and 2. it does have a great sense of humor, but I often find myself opting for other activities because I am just not that engrossed in the story. It does not make me want to read it.

After about 100 pages I am putting this book on hiatus and purchasing something new. I may still go back to it someday, but if you're looking for an engrossing tale with characters to whom you can relate, I'd try something different.

posted by MartialText on January 29, 2010

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Thick

    This book is thick. By that, I mean it does not really flow the way most stories do. The narrative tends to jump around in both location and time without any real cohesivness. While the author does have a great sense of humor (I laughed out loud a few times), the scattered progression of the book makes it difficult to really get into.

    I really want to finish reading this book because 1. I started it, and 2. it does have a great sense of humor, but I often find myself opting for other activities because I am just not that engrossed in the story. It does not make me want to read it.

    After about 100 pages I am putting this book on hiatus and purchasing something new. I may still go back to it someday, but if you're looking for an engrossing tale with characters to whom you can relate, I'd try something different.

    13 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    There is no doubt that the book is well written and DFW has a un

    There is no doubt that the book is well written and DFW has a unique literary voice. That being said, the story is long and pointless with no cohesive plot and absolutely nothing in the way of a resolution. There were interesting parts and there were funny parts, but this is in no way a page turner. The story itself felt like a run on sentence about 3 subjects I had no idea I couldn't care less about until now. I finished it only because I started it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Brutal

    I finished about 75% of this book, but eventually gave up. The author displays an amazing facility of (for me) never-before-seen words, but good lord, it is a seriously boring read. Absolutely ponderous writing with over-the-top use of vocabulary that the most astute writer would have have problems recognizing or understanding. I have no doubt that the author is brilliant, but it just goes on and on and on, jumping between its tennis academy/drug addicts/spies in the desert plots. Sorry, but I just couldn't finish it (it's VERY long). I have other things to do and more engaging books to read.

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