Infinite Jest

a novel

Paperback, 1104 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2006 by Back Bay Books (Little Brown and Company).

ISBN:
978-0-316-06652-5
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4 stars (13 reviews)

Set in an addicts' hallway house and a tennis academy, and featuring one of the moste endearing screwed-up families in contemporary fiction. Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to dominate our livs, 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.

Equal parts philisophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. 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. (back cover)

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Review of 'Infinite Jest' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Here is a novel that can have many different meanings, depending on who the reader is. There are several plots and theaters being acted out and they do converge in intriguing ways.

I am re-reading this with a small book discussion group, which is making it a different experience. One of the members stated that she was tackling this as a series of short stories, and I will be interested to hear how this came together for her when we reconvene in January.

To me, this tome is mostly about addiction and the various ways D.F. Wallace's characters came by their addictions. Whatever their drug of choice, it was always about passive escape--shoot up and trip, get drunk and forget, or--turn on the television for hours of passive entertainment. All of these things can be done by a loner, in a crowd or alone in a room. It becomes the …

Review of 'Infinite Jest' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

In the not so distant future, the residents of a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts and the students of the Enfield Tennis Academy both search for the master copy of a bizarre movie that is so entertaining the viewers die in a state of catatonic bliss. That movie is called Infinite Jest and it is said that anyone who watches it will lose all desire to do anything but watch it. This semi-parodic novel questions what entertainment is and why it dominates our lives.

I’m not going to lie, this book is both lengthy and difficult to read but in the end it is worth the effort. You will need three bookmarks for this book, one for where you are up to, another for the endnotes and the third for the timeline that sits around page 80. You do need to read the endnotes, this book relies heavily on …

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  • Popular American Fiction
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  • Addicts
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