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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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Read from April 30 to June 27, 2010

Whew.

I'm not even going to attempt an actual review on this, but I can say there is no way I can give this less than 5 stars. I want to give it more. I had read DFW's Consider the Lobster earlier this year as kind of an introduction to his writing style, and I ended up liking it, but nothing could've prepared me for this. Nothing.

I couldn't get over how funny it was. Even parts that I wasn't sure were intended to be funny had me laughing--even when I was surrounded by other people. You know how that gets all awkward and they think you're a freak? It was even more so with this book. Mini-conversations like this happened a lot:

Me: (Giggling--trying to keep it down, but failing)

Random Person: Wow, you're really into that book. What's it about?

Me: Uh...well, it's uh...it's kind of hard to explain...but, uh...it's just so good...

RP: Oh...cool (awkward silence while I just smile and go back to reading)

Despite the enormous amount of time it took me to get through this, I'm still kind of sad I'm finished; I totally understand how karen has read this seven times. This was honestly one of the best reading experiences I've ever had.

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Reading Progress

05/06/2010 page 112
10.38%
05/17/2010 page 362
33.55% 2 comments
05/25/2010 page 407
37.72% "Mario Incandenza's puppet films + a little too much wine = FUN"
06/03/2010 page 503
46.62% 8 comments
06/07/2010 page 613
56.81% "Stop laughing, Harrison." 6 comments
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message 1: by Ben (new) - added it

Ben You're fucking crazy.


JSou I know, I know. Some friends and I thought it'd be fun to read together.

I'm on page 25.


message 3: by Cait (new) - added it

Cait Hey ya big cheater!


JSou Ha! I promise I won't read anymore until tomorrow.


JSou I think everyone else bailed and I am now the only one reading this. Dammit!


message 6: by Kristy (last edited May 06, 2010 09:28PM) (new)

Kristy Nope, I didn't bail, promise!

Edited to add: It's Cait, accidentally posted on my friend's account. Lol!


JSou Yay, Cait! There were crickets chirping in the discussion thread, and I was worried. But knowing you're still in makes everything A-OK.

Though either way, I'd still keep going...I'm really liking it so far.


message 8: by Rach (new) - added it

Rach I still want to read, I am just a little intimidated to start. But I will, I promise! :)


karen love.


Sally You make me want to attempt this for the third time.


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