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. Infinite jest by david foster wallace, first edition. A gargantuan, mindaltering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in america set in an addicts halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwedup family to come along. Full online, epub free infinite jest pdf free, ebook free infinite jest, free ebook pdf infinite jest epub, free epub pdf infinite jest download, free download infinite jest best book.
Infinite jest infinite jest audiobook, by david foster wallace. I cant recommend the purchase of the what at first appears to be the amazing ive heard good things about the audio. It has been categorized as an encyclopedic novel and made time magazines list of the 100 best englishlanguage novels published between 1923 and 2005. I normally dont enjoy overly complicated, tedious listens, and infinite jest seems overly complicated and tedious in the beginning, but once you get into the audiobook, its not. The novel is widely noted for its unconventional narrative structure and its experimental use of endnotes there are 388 endnotes, some with footnotes of their own. Infinite jest audiobook david foster wallace audible.
Was the allegedly fatally entertaining and scopophiliac thing jim alleges he made out of her. These are the endnotes to david foster wallaces infinite jest, a gargantuan, mindaltering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in america. Pounded in the butt by my own butt audiobook by chuck. Infinite jest the kind of book that, when it is mentioned, creates a hushed silence of mingled awe and fear in the room. Set in an addicts halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwedup family to come along in recent fiction, infinite jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our. Mar 10, 2015 listen to infinite audiobook by lori m. In 2006, little brown published a 10th anniversary edition of david foster wallaces infinite jest that featured a foreword by dave eggers. More information about this seller contact this seller 1. I received an email earlier today from a reader who had excitedly received their unabridged audio book of.
Feb 15, 2016 t he first of february saw the 20th anniversary of a work considered by many to have changed the rules of fiction. At more than 1,000 pages with copious footnotes infinite jest is a famously difficult read. David foster wallace was born in ithaca, new york, in 1962 and raised in illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. Rather, each reading is a meal the whole tome is practically a steady diet. At the macro level, infinite jest consists of numerous anticonfluential wallaces word episodes set a dozen years or so in the future as was the broom, at a time when numerical designations for years have been sold to corporate sponsors. A gargantuan, mindaltering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in america set in an addicts halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwedup family to come along in recent fiction, infinite jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it. Infinite jest by david foster wallace overdrive rakuten. Apr 12, 2012 why i cannot recommend the infinite jest audio book infinite jest i guess this is a first for me and ill get straight to the point. On march 27, hachette audio released david foster wallaces magnum opus infinite jest most of it, at least as a 56hourlong audiobook. Infinite jest by david foster wallace librarything. In fact, its take on the very nature of entertainment itself perhaps foresaw the age of vanity and social media, as seen through the prisms of tinder, facebook, twitter and instagram.
Infinite jest is both sad, depressed and funny and even 25 years after it was published in 1994 remains relevant to the modern age. David foster wallace 19622008 was the new york times bestselling author of infinite jest, the broom of the system, and girl with curious hair. Calling to mind that infinite jest was published in 1996, dont think crystal meth is a new phenomenon. The novel is a interconnected sequence of events, told out of timeline order, that focuses on addiction in all its forms. Infinite jest by david foster wallace, 9780349121086, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Whether you are a word gourmet or gourmand, infinite.
Partly since it makes the book more accessible and partly because it lets you enjoy the flow of wallaces prose. He received a masters of fine arts from university of arizona in 1987 and. It and the stand by stephen king are just so dang enjoyable on audiobook. Infinite jest audiobook by david foster wallace, read by. Having only read the first extremely exhausting chapter, i cant tell you whether i would feel this way after two or more. Infinite jest is one of those books that a lot of people know of but have never read. This deluxe paperback editionfeaturing flaps, new cover art, and a new foreword by tom bissellcelebrates the 20th anniversary of the original publication of infinite jest. It is an exuberant, uniquely american exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do. Thinking about giving it a shot but dont want to waste the money if its just as hard to follow as read. Infinite jest is a 1996 novel by american writer david foster wallace. The book is drumtight and relentlessly smart and, though it does not wear its heart on its sleeve, its deeply felt and incredibly moving. Feb 07, 2016 infinite jest, in other words, can be exceedingly frustrating.
To fully understand what wallace was up to, the book bears being read, and reread, with talmudic focus and devotion. I dove right in, and from the first sentence to the last of the first chapter, my eyes never left the page. Infinite jest has been listed as one of the top 100 all time greatest novels of 19232006. Infinite jest by david foster wallace, paperback barnes. Jan 05, 2011 i know nothing of infinite jest, except that it is long nearly 1,100 pages in length, dense, complex, and contains a highly elaborate set of endnotes that must be read in realtime. Steven asin infinite jest is the perfect book for the kindle paperwhite. Our website also provides download infinite jest pdf in many format, so dont worry if readers want to download infinite jest pdf online that cant be open through their device. Seriously how long will it take to read infinite jest. Infinite jest, the title of david foster wallaces gargantuan new novel, is a kind of inside joke. I know there is a portion of people in the world who would rather highlight triptiks than read this bullshit, so it will not be the sole project i am doing. I cant recommend the purchase of the what at first appears to be the amazing ive heard good things about the audio, excellent vocal performance audio book of infinite jest. With regard to the basic 14 plot line, the setting for the majority of the action is enfield, a fictional suburbia town outside of boston. Mar 20, 2009 the slate audio book club on infinite jest.
Mark reads infinite jest and other such announcements. Wallaces particular conceit in infinite jest is that the events described are taking place in the indeterminate future, possibly. At the top of a hill is the enfield tennis academy, and at the base of the hill is the ennet house. So im almost always constantly listening to books and im trying to find more and more time to do that and what ive been doing the past couple of years is ill put on some mindless game in the background where i dont have to pay attention to any story or anything like that and just immerse myself in the book. Whether its drugs, sex, or fame, the novels primary goal is to examine the need for these addictions and show that it is possible to addicted to addiction itself.
For reference while working on the project drew used the ij scene by scene guide, and stephen burns david foster wallaces infinite jest. Its like wallace was trying to ward off any potential readers. He received numerous awards, including the whiting award, the. The mindbending novel, celebrated for its gargantuan length and mentally demanding, nonlinear narrative, is particularly famous for wallaces exhaustive endnotes, which routinely interrupt the author. Infinite jest by david foster wallace, first edition abebooks. It is the genx ulysses that even those like me, who consider themselves dfw superfans, are. Infinite jest, in other words, can be exceedingly frustrating. On reading the first chapter of infinite jest sally allen. The audiobook for infinite jest was released in 2012. You start the book having no clue when it is happening and who the various characters are. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. I guess this is a first for me and ill get straight to the point. If you have not read infinite jest there are major spoilers to be found.
Why i cannot recommend the infinite jest audio book. Its not a stretch or very original to call infinite jest the defining work of the 1990s. A gargantuan, mindaltering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in america set in an addicts halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwedup family to come along in recent fiction, infinite jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives. I also know that many people whom i trust about literature, from dave eggers to online friends of mine hello hermione danger and jessica recommend this book. Infinite jest is a novel written by david foster wallace. With endnotes added, the infinite jest audiobook nears 70 hours.
Astonishingly, thats not even half as long as the longest book pratt has ever narrateda fivevolume history of california that. The book is drumtight and relentlessly smart and, though it does not wear its heart on its. David foster wallaces second novel is s et in an absurd but agonizingly believable nearfuture, and. Stephen burns revised david foster wallaces infinite jest.
David foster wallaces infinite jest is an audiobook. The length may be offputting but i am looking forward to settling down for a few weeks to read it. There is stuff that happens in the opening pages that explains events at the end of the book, albeit over pages and hundreds of footnotes away. Mar 08, 2016 i bother to mention this because, at 176 pages, infinite jest is now officially the longest sample of any book i have downloaded. Infinite jest 20th anniversary edition special edition.
Set in an addicts halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwedup family to come along in recent fiction, infinite jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives. Feb 26, 2016 12 if you think infinite jest at 1,100odd pages is a long book, be advised that it started longer. A multilayered postmodern saga of damnation and salvation. Wallace wrote to a friend that the fuckers cut by 600 pages from the first version.
Sep 10, 2016 its been a bit of a journey on this one. Yes, this series will run concurrent to the hunger games trilogy, so you will not have to wait two more months to join in. The first chapter of infinite jest is one of the best examples ive read in recent years. A readers guide provides a good overview of the novel and includes a chronology, as well as sections on the novels critical reception and key plot points. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Jan 17, 2016 stephen burns revised david foster wallaces infinite jest. To talk about infinite jest means you have to bring up the length of the novel, the immense use of end notes there are 388some spanning several pages, and atypical use of grammar and punctuation. Beyond the ease with which one can lookup footnotes, consider the following. I wouldnt get too hung up on how long it will take because if youre focused on reaching the end youre going to be disappointed. A gargantuan, mindaltering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in america set in an addicts halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwedup family to come along in recent fiction.936 259 231 425 1109 193 850 304 1002 748 1145 596 1047 933 864 1186 460 1360 1408 1020 1450 1020 974 189 377 1116 1446 903 816 708 157 569 1465 1102 165 1290 476 1143