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Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest: A Novel

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Inifite Jest

by Wallace, David Foster
Its difficulty is proportionate to its payoff.

What is it about? It's about tennis. It's also about drugs, sobriety, film history, and a gang of wheelchair-bound assassins (among other things). Somehow, though, David Foster Wallace skillfully ties all of them together. It has footnotes (1). It takes place in a future where years are subsidized (Year of the Trial-Size Dove Bar, Year of the Whopper, etc.) and divides its time between a tennis academy and a halfway house for recovering addicts. It also deals with an ultra-rare movie featuring a woman so beautiful, seeing her face causes insanity (2), the grief process (3), and how global politics and nuclear war can be reenacted in a tennis game. It's dense. You'll be confused at first. Keep reading. Read the footnotes. Keep reading. It's a hard read, but it's incredibly rewarding. You'll want to reread it. You'll keep thinking about it. Keep reading. (1) Lots of footnotes. Seriously (a). (2) "There's noooo business like shoooow business..." (3) And how to cheat it. (a) Like, footnotes within footnotes. Often stretching for pages at a time. Be prepared to use multiple bookmarks.

 
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The story of an intelligent but zany dysfunctional family is set in a drug-and-alcohol addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy and follows such themes as heartbreak, philosophy, and advertising.



  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Tacoma
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780316066525
  • ISBN: 0316066524
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Edition: 10 ANV
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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