A novel by david foster wallace and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Infinite jest ebook written by david foster wallace. Mar 08, 2016 the first chapter of infinite jest is one of the best examples ive read in recent years. As such, a lot of the speculations below have been fleshed out in a variety of publications and by the online community at wallacel. Unquestionably, infinite jest required great ambition and focus to write, and requires a bit of ambition and focus to read as well. Oct 16, 2005 a nameless young black man wends a tortuous path from a southern town where a local white mens club mockingly awards him a scholarship to a black college to the streets of new york city, where everybody, black and white, left and right, man and woman, seems to have their own ideas about who he is and what purpose he can serve. List book on goodreads as current read, along with. If one of your reading resolutions is to finally finish infinite jest, david foster wallaces mammoth novel, im here to help. David foster wallaces infinite jest, is, without question, the best book ive ever read. In the books, telemachus must go through his own trials toward becoming. David foster wallace was the child of two professors who grew up in illinois. While i cant read the book not even the end notes for you.
Infinite summer formed in the summer of 2009 to read david foster wallaces masterwork infinite jest. The lack of physicality is a bummer, but i feel its vastly compensated by having access to everything id like to read in seconds. Jun 02, 2009 also worth reading although possibly less timeconsuming than infinite jest is a great essay from that master of the weird china mieville. Infinite jest displays a wider range of styles from the subliterate monologue of a povertystricken abused woman to technical explications of the properties of various pharmaceuticals but the main narrative style is both casual and complex, slangy and erudite, a kind of slacker mandarin with comically manic specificity of detail. A study of david foster wallaces infinite jest, by greg carlisle. Thumb nose at pedestrians who arent carrying impressive, heavy books. David foster wallace on gen x, infinite jest and a life of. Oct 16, 2005 the plot of infinite jest which revolves around, among other things, a lost, unwatchably beautiful art film and a conspiracy among wheelchairbound quebecois secessionistsis decidedly secondary to the painfully funny dialogue and wallaces endlessly rich ruminations and speculations on addiction, entertainment, art, life and, of course. Feb 04, 2016 if one of your reading resolutions is to finally finish infinite jest, david foster wallaces mammoth novel, im here to help.
Infinite jest 1996, by david foster wallace alltime. The length of infinite jest should not be an obstacle to finding pleasure in it. My copy of the book is sawn in three, abused, with smudges of food across its pages, from when i couldnt stop. Books come in many different categories, so its not as hard as you think to choose a book. Infinite jest 1996, by david foster wallace alltime 100. This index is based on tim wares infinite jest index pregnant pause fact it is wares index except for a few ads i ve added and i post it here because the old url at indeed itself has gone to a better place. I was told not to read other books in addition to this one. The novel infinite jest is the story of this addictive entertainment, and in particular how it affects a boston halfway house for recovering addicts and a nearby tennis academy, whose students have many budding addictions of their own. Online shopping from a great selection at kindle books store. Infinite jest is a 1996 novel by american writer david foster wallace.
Find books like infinite jest from the worlds largest community of readers. Here are some of the topics to help you start your search. Today, i turned the last page of infinite jest, around a week late for my deadline. The shear size of the book commanded attention the kind of attention t.
David foster wallaces infinite jest, is, without question, the best book i ve ever read. Abstractthis article examines david foster wallaces infinite jest alongside. I count infinite jest as one of the books that ive started to read, but never. Having only read the first extremely exhausting chapter, i cant tell you whether i would feel this way after two or more. So did i, for the first two or three pages, until i saw the author didnt give a damn. What its like to record the audiobook version of infinite jest. Still, infinite jest isnt the most difficult audiobook carpenter has ever recorded. Joelles personal daddys uncle under the volcano 191. While i cant read the book not even the end notes for you, i.
As a college english major, i ve read my fair share of great literature, and very few authors even approach wallaces ability to entertain, enlighten, mystify or infuriate. On reading the first chapter of infinite jest sally allen. Here hung those lips that i have kissed i know not how oft. Feb 15, 2016 today, i turned the last page of infinite jest, around a week late for my deadline. I hid by hiddenness, in denial about the deformity itself. In the david foster wallace novel, infinite jest, in what year does the book open. I remember harish venkatesan lugging around the paperback copy in college and hearing that this effort was part of the experience.
Get the entire infinite jest litchart as a printable pdf. Like several of the characters in infinite jest, he was a competitive junior tennis player he was a joint major in english and philosophy at amherst college, and his senior honors thesis for english became his first novel, the broom in the system, which was published in 1987, the same year he graduated from the mfa. Other books related to infinite jest the novel to which infinite jest is most frequently compared is thomas pynchons gravitys rainbow 1973, which as well as being long and encyclopedic with a circular plot structure and multiple internal narratives, also explores similar themes of technology, high and low culture, free will, sex, and drugs. In short, if finnegans wake was a rancid fart that was proudly left to rip, infinite jest is a weak one, lacking sound and odor. How is the experience of reading infinite jest on a kindle. Action and adventure books offer risk, desperate situations, excitement, and suspense. The character of remy marathe in infinite jest from litcharts. Ken erdedy noticed that nobody came right out and used the term depression or melancholy, much less clinical depression, but this worst of symptoms, this logarithm of all other suffering, seemed, though unmentioned, to hang foglike just over the rooms heads, to drift between the peristyle columns and over the decorative astrolabes and medieval knockoffs and framed knights of columbus.
Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, infinite jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. Mar 07, 2016 it was a kind of joke id gotten from one of his entertainments, the medusaodalisk thing. Aug 25, 2015 theres a tiny fellowship of people who know how difficult it is to sit in a room and read infinite jest out loud. What its like to record the audiobook version of infinite. Goodreads members who liked infinite jest also liked.
There are jokes that take many pages to set up and the pay offs are laugh out loud hilarious. View mobile site jokeypsych endgamehonest galaxyquest. So jim took a failed piece and told me it was too perfect to release it d paralyze people. Infinite jest has been on my reading pile for ages but, despite adoring my recent birthday present of foster wallaces short stories, oblivion, i just havent had the strength of mind to start it.
He says your attention branches so much between the main. Infinite jest by david foster wallace, first edition abebooks passion for books. Invisible man 1952, by ralph ellison alltime 100 novels. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read infinite jest. 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. The novel is widely noted for its unconventional narrative structure and its experimental use of endnotes there are a total of 388 endnotes, some with footnotes of their own.
Feb 01, 1996 admittedly, infinite jest is a tough book. Legless quebecoise separatists have taken to terrorism in protest, the key to their plan is the film infinite jest, which is said to be so. Extremely beautiful as a young woman, joelle later becomes a member of the union of the hideously and improbably deformed u. Infinite jest 20th anniversary edition special edition by. Infinite jest by david foster wallace, first edition abebooks. May 09, 2005 a readers companion to infinite jest is a guide for readers who have heard about the literary genius of david foster wallaces huge and sprawling novel but have been put off by its length and narrative complexity. You start the book having no clue when it is happening and who the various characters are. The title is a sly wink at the book s massive girthits 1,000plus pages in most editionsbut the reference to hamlet is wellearned. A gargantuan, mindaltering comedy about the pursuit of happiness. My students cant get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof. It took years after id graduated from amherst to realize that people were actually far more complicated and interesting than books, that almost everyone else suffered the same secret fears and inadequacies as i, and that feeling alone and inferior was actually the great valent bond between us all. Jan 18, 2007 ij notes and speculations nb this page has not been updated in a long time. Infinite jest by wallace, david foster and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. I felt compelled throughout to read it aloud, such was the almost poetic quality of it.
That said, i wanted to pick infinite jest up on it, and ive been discouraged by a friend who says its one of those books you really have to read on paper. But if you are seeking something other, then this book will not disappoint. It is our intent and purpose to foster and encourage indepth discussion about all things related to books press j to jump to the feed. Feb 27, 2020 infinite jest is perhaps the great postmodern american novel for many reasons. Sep 10, 2016 its been a bit of a journey on this one. Youll mostly find yourself going through this book quickly as you wont be able to put. As a college english major, ive read my fair share of great literature, and very few authors even approach wallaces ability to entertain, enlighten, mystify or infuriate. Heres how i finally read infinite jest and how you can, too. Infinite jest by david foster wallace abebooks passion for books. Infinite jest study guide from litcharts the creators of. There is stuff that happens in the opening pages that explains events at the end of the book, albeit over pages and hundreds of footnotes away. The book was edited by publisher little, brown and companys michael pietsch.797 137 873 948 183 1294 117 1488 432 228 682 111 263 1371 1497 1148 1187 761 480 1258 1040 1583 1281 674 1071 25 1189 1549 1255 436 375 253 1564 402 766 1407 1010 1419 1306 363 837 469 966