BlurbIn 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.
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one of the most rewarding but also most depressing books i've ever read. it's a journey, and honestly i started to get very attached to it within the time i was reading it (~1 month) and am genuinely saddened by my finishing it. if you like philosophical neuroses and hate the state of the world and love depressing irony and maybe have experience with drugs, then i couldn't recommend this enough. i think this novel will be remembered in the same way dickens' novels are remembered: as basically narrative encyclopedias of their respective settings (mid 1800s england and 1990s-2000s america). it is gud.
I really hated this book. Not a single person that does anything even vaguely worth doing. I suppose it's a sign of good writing to be able to evoke strong visceral feelings, but I just could not go on reading.