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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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Jun 15, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites

There are so many thorough, novel length reviews of this book on here already, I may have to come back and revise this when I've had more time to collect my thoughts. I feel lucky to have read this book. It spoke to me in a way that it doesn't necessarily for everyone. There is something intimate and familiar in the style and syntax of his writing that is ironically obsessive yet comforting in a similar way that 'the Entertainment' that everyone is searching for is. He can illuminate otherwise vague, ineffable qualities of what its like to be lonely and shut off (see pp. 694 on anhedonia) as easily as he can describe euphoria, empathy and toilet humor. I will say, if you are about to read this book, brush up on your Hamlet. Many of the allusions, metaphors, and themes contained herein are parallels to the characters and plot of that play - if the title didn't clue you in already. As Pemulis would say, "Mmmyellow?"

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Reading Progress

June 15, 2012 – Started Reading
June 15, 2012 – Shelved
June 25, 2012 –
page 395
July 4, 2012 –
page 550
July 19, 2012 –
page 760
July 27, 2012 –
page 1079
July 27, 2012 – Shelved as: favorites
July 27, 2012 – Finished Reading

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