Okay, I'm still reading this book and I probably will continue to read it for another few weeks. It is dense. There is just so much packed into each sOkay, I'm still reading this book and I probably will continue to read it for another few weeks. It is dense. There is just so much packed into each sentence that I find myself reading and rereading passages to make sure that I can keep up with all the acronyms and in-world inventions that Wallace keeps introducing. This is easily the most challenging book that I've read in years, which is a good thing. I like a challenge.
I can see why so many hippies have recommended it to me. Like The Illuminatus Trilogy, this book lends itself to the conspiracy-minded and lovers of trivia. It's very easy to see why this read is such a cult classic. Perhaps the best thing that I've taken from this book is an understanding of so many jokes and references that used to fly right over me without a second thought. For example, one of my friends has an Enfield Tennis Academy shirt that she's cherished for years. After reading this book, I finally understand it.
I'll be back with more thoughts on this as I make my way deeper into its labyrinthian bowels....more