Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

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Infinite Jest 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 183 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
how can people claim to have trouble reading this or that it is boring, I found myself holding off trips to the bathroom and food just to get through single, lucid paragraphs that contained everything from amazing tennis writing (granted I play) and shockingly insightful looks into addiction, freedom, will, and possibility. maybe its my generation (Im 23) and its hook with postmodern sensibilities, but something about this novel truly redefines for me what storytelling can be. whatever cerebral lightweight called this Iowa Finishing School writing is probably correct, keep in mind that place also has given us Flannery OConnor and boasts Kurt Vonneget as an instructor. keep Iowa writers coming I say
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the real thing. Validates the vibrancy of art and literature in these modern times in a voice simultaneously full of hope and cynicism. He plays with the reader like Pynchon or Gaddis, but is not mean spirited about it. And I laughed out loud in public places while reading this beautiful book.
lesdmd More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare novels to savor. Rather than reading to advance through the plot, one needs to linger on the superb descriptive writing, the unexpected metaphors, the brilliance of language, the spot-on dialogue, the surreal moments, and the command of structure. If this isn't enough, it is often laugh out loud funny. I will agree that this is not the novel for everyone - it is long, it is non-sequential, and it could be accused of being pedantic. It is also terrifically rewarding; and I don't use the word loosely, a work of and from a genius. I purchased the book for my Nook and never were the advantages of an eReader better expressed. The print copy is bulky and heavy and David Foster Wallace uses the unconventional technique of using footnotes - easily accessed via the electronic links.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This seminal work by DFW should not be passed up based on its length. Infinite Jest more than delivers. DFW inter-weaves several narratives expertly. There's more here than you would expect. Don't be intimidated by its length, you won't be disappointed.
Dotty Haake More than 1 year ago
My brain is getting a workout reading this vast verbal amusement park. A perfect NOOK read because it is over 1000 pgs long and for me requires frequent ' look-ups'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel like I need a dumbed down version of the book- there are parts of it that are truly amazing and had me laughing out loud of up half the night thinking- and the parts of it that I just read time again, completely lost. I think I'll stick to his short stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Wallace's text is not Gravity's Rainbow or Ulysses, but it is a testament to writing and storytelling, something often ignored these days. Infinite Jest is an attempt at an epic, one that reaches very close to achieving it. But ultimately, it never fully gets off the ground. Still, there are portions that are beautifully written and Wallace should be acknowledged for his skill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, that only took 7 months...Dave Eggers comments in the foreword sum up this book best: "This book is like a spaceship with no recognizable components, no rivets or bolts, no entry points, no way to take it apart. It is very shiny, and it has no discernible flaws."
folkinhoosier8 More than 1 year ago
I can't believe it, but after two years (off and on, obviously) and 1100+ pages, I really want to start over!  What an amazing book!  absolutely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't be daunted by the reviews, the vocabulary, or the structure of the book. Do plan to read it twice (at least). Under the bleak and chilly surface, Infinite Jest is a warm story, told with compassion for the characters. It's very funny. It's hopeful but not sappy. And it's complex enough that the second reading seems to make the story fresh, as you put things together and pick up clues you'd missed the first time. I'd wanted to read it years ago, but waited because I'd heard it was a freak show and a hot mess. Finally I was too curious to resist. Don't make my mistake! You might love this book as I do now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I'm a fan of Mr. Wallace's other works too, but this one is by far my favorite. Well worth the time it took me to read it. And I don't think it's near as hard as everyone makes it out to be.
Prototype More than 1 year ago
This book is a long one, it was sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year before I worked up enough courage to read it. There are many points where I began to feel dumb or things that seem like a waste of time to read but overall this book is amazing. DFW is a genius as evident by this masterpiece.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
This book is everything the 90's ever was or wanted to be. The twisting plot takes place in a dystopian near-future where each year has advertising rights sold on it. To keep track of all the characters would drive anyone crazy. To keep track of every plot point would take longer than actually reading the book. This book is smart, funny, angsty, and witty. It reflects the time it was written in and it holds up as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book last night, and I was very pleased that I read this huge book. It is a huge book and a very difficult read but it is not impossible to read. The most important thing to be when you're reading this book is to be patient. At times you will ask yourself, "Is there a point to this?" I have asked myself this question but those sections that seem out of place are sometimes the best in the book. I would defiantly recommend this book. Overall there are four words/ phrases to describe this book: tennis, drugs, Quebecois separatists in wheelchairs, and movies. Enjoy!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth the effort.
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Sorr to repeat others but this is one overrated endless mess.
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Best. Book. Ever.
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