Infinite Jest

By David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
  • Release Date: 2009-04-13
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 387 Ratings

Description

A gargantuan, mind-altering 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 questions about 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. Equal parts philosophical 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.

Reviews

  • Great read- perfect format

    5
    By oldfezziwig
    For years I put off reading this book, daunted by its size and everything said about how hard it was. Then I bought the print version and since it was just too massive to take on the subway or on plane trips, it took weeks to get to page 100. Enter the ibook. At last, the perfect format to enjoy Infinite Jest. so nice to click right to the endnote and right back again. So portable on the ipad mini that I can take it everywhere and sneak in a page or two at a time. And yes, I said enjoy. Sure, you have to engage your brain, it's not mindless reading. And yes, it's very long and occasionally dull in its detail about things not of interest to the reader. But you are more than rewarded for the effort. It's funny, troubling, provocative as hell and spot-on about a whole lot of things.
  • Not an easy read but worth it

    5
    By Yamajamawee
    Ok I have the hard copy, and if there are problems with the footnotes in iBook, it's even more cumbersome. That being said, this is one of the best books that I've ever read. Amazingly insightful about our modern society.
  • Formulaic?!?

    4
    By strubiedo
    LOL. That's even funnier than some of the hilarious parts of this book. A ponderous read to be sure. But, certainly interesting.
  • Boring Sidney

    1
    By Barren Spinster
    Indulgent and insane. Don't waste your time.
  • Not good

    1
    By Epignosis567
    And formulaic at that
  • Probably the best format for this

    3
    By fivebats
    It is great to be able to read this novel with a reader that has a dictionary and links to and from the (copious) end notes. The only negative aspect is that the links back to the main text in the end notes do not always get you back to the page you were on in the main text. Probably a limitation of the epub format or the publishing system.