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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Literary fiction

Infinite Jest

by David Foster Wallace

Quick take

This cult classic about the perils of entertainment is a time-hopping, genre-bending, rollicking adventure.

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    400+ pages

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    Famous author

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    Nonlinear timeline

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    Quirky

Synopsis

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up 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; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. 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.

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