“ Author: David Foster Wallace / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 05 June 1997 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group / Title: Infinite Jest / ISBN 13: 9780349121086 / ISBN 10: 0349121086 „
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This is without doubt one of the top five novels I have ever read. It is unlike anything else published. It has a story so heartbreaking and strange that it will haunt you for years afterwards - I can honestly say, four years after I read it for the first time, that there is probably not a day that has passed in which I haven't thought at least once about this book and some of the unanswered questions it leaves you with. I suggest everyone alive should read this book. Many people may be put off by the length, but it is not one of those dense impenetrable works of fiction that are purposefully difficult to read - it is surprisingly easy to read, full of warm humour and compassion for its characters, and a storyline which, whatever you may think of its resolution, keeps you interested from page 1 to page 1,079. I can think of no other book that is like this one, and no other book that I can recommend highly enough. It really is that good.
The plot is really too myriad to go into great detail about, but it involves the appearance of a mysterious "cartridge" called Infinite Jest which is so addictive that anyone who watches it once can not stop watching it; a bunch of recovering addicts at a Halfway House who may or may not have something to do with this cartridge; a bunch of teenagers at a tennis acadamy, one of which teenager's father actually filmed the cartridge; and a plot by a group known as the Wheelchair Assasins to gain possesion of this cartridge for their own purposes. To put it mildly, no plot synopsis can ever give a true picture of the true range that Wallace achieves in this book, the perfect blend of sadness and hilarity that his writing brings to every situation. It is a perfect book for our times, relating as it does modern culture's addiction to just about everything, including addiction itself. It is a life-changing book in the truest sense of the word, deeply affecting your views of literally everything - yourself, the world, and the way you choose to entertain yourself, and what this entertainment means.
In a sprawling, wild, super-hyped magnum opus, David Foster Wallace fulfills the promise of his precocious novel The Broom of the System. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction, features a huge cast and multilevel narrative, and questions essential elements of American culture - our entertainments, our addictions, our relationships, our pleasures, our abilities to define ourselves.