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Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. See if you have enough points for this item. Sign in. Infinite Jest has been hailed as one the great modern American novels and its author, David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in , as one of the most influential and innovative authors of the past 20 years. Don DeLillo called Infinite Jest a "three-stage rocket to the future," a work "equal to the huge, babbling spin-out sweep of contemporary life," while Time Magazine included Infinite Jest on its list of Greatest Novels published between Infinite Jest has become an exemplar for difficulty in contemporary Fiction-its 1, pages full of verbal invention, oblique narration, and a scattered, nonlinear, chronology.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Don't let anyone tell you it's not well-plotted. Paperback Verified Purchase. It is designed as a resource for potential readers who fear Infinite Jest is plotless. It is rare to find a reader who is lukewarm about this book -- one tends to either love it or loathe it enormously.

The main problem the loathers seem to have with IJ is that, to them, there is either no plot or the plot is too hard to follow. I disagree as it actually has a very tightly constructed narrative that opens with a series of vignettes that orient the reader to the universe in dystopias I believe this is called "universe"-or-"world building" through the perspective of various characters, some more consequential than others.

The seemingly scattered opening does not, however, mean that Infinite Jest is another one of those somewhat plotless postmodern academic tomes On the contrary IJ contains a wonderful and obviously allegorical narrative that carries the reader through a not so distant North America completely consumed by its relentless desire to entertain itself Yes, this is an idea-heavy novel with many strong philosophical, technical, intellectual, and meditative passages -- many of which are dazzlingly well written, such as the AA meetings, Hal's depression battle, the nature of celebrity envy, etc.

If you are thinking about buying and reading this novel, don't be afraid you won't be able to "get it" Here's a loose outline of the plot, in the order it's presented narratologically. This is in first person and is the "last" event in the book's chronology. The years can be tricky because they're named after corporate products rather than numbered. There is a reference key early on.

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Other characters are introduced, including a white collar pot addict who doesn't return till far later , Hal's older brothers Orin and Mario and their mother Avril, an unnamed black girl from Boston, Hal's late-father James, and Hal's friends and tennis teammates from his athletic boarding school, Enfield Tennis Academy in Massachusetts.

Certain chapters are entirely dialogue or entirely inside the mind and voice of a character. Others are more conventionally narrated in Wallace's patented tragicomic style. He is at rock bottom and kills a man on accident who turns out to be a Canadian terrorist leader stationed in Brookline. Hal's father James founded it and his mother and uncle now run it together. Quebecois assassins want it as a weapon. Hal's dad was the filmmaker, and he wanted to be buried with the master copy after his suicide.

Many of the details surrounding the film itself, including how it leaked, are open to speculation. The search for this film is what winds the two narrative halves together Many characters are introduced here. She ends up at Ennet House. But the chances are if you made it through all the foregoing anchor points which only scratch the surface and are strictly to prove the point that this novel is well plotted , there's a good chance you're not putting IJ down till the end.

I feel like there's been so much written about this book, that it almost seems impossible to try to add anything new to this discussion.

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Wallace, who railed against irony, wanted to be sincere in his writing. So while this book does contain many postmodern conventions, its ideas about humanity aren't postmodern at all. I think many people were disappointed that the book is "about addiction, and that's all you need to know," but there is much more to this book, and there's much more that Wallace has to say. Some of these messages are delivered with a heavy hand, and that's fine: Wallace wanted to be sincere, and he wouldn't want to dull his insights by distancing himself from them via irony or whatever else.

This book is indeed incredibly long. This book is indeed incredibly verbose. As a way to rage against the rising popularity of minimalist writing in the 's, Wallace found himself moving towards a brand of writing that captured everything: His maximalist writing can be hard to get through at time: The discussion of an invented game that involves intermediate calculus to keep score reaches across dozens of pages. Wallace sought to capture everything.

Everything you heard about the endnotes is true. The narration of the book is frequented interrupted with endnotes different from footnotes , some of which span a dozen pages and contain their own endnotes. These asides are not optional: I want to stress this point: Your Fathers, Where Are They?

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis.

He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in He died in