So we end up with a lot of instances of "and but" and "so but" and "except but" and "and but so" and even an "and but still. A major part of my difficulty see the notes I made below as I was reading it was with the whole Quebec liberation subplot, which seemed both ludicrous and pointless. My job is to make some sense of it.
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It implies that a mcguffin search motivates the narrative, which in fact it does not. Wallace was an A student through high school, he played football, he played tennis, he wrote a philosophy thesis and a novel before he graduated from Amherst, he went to writing school, published the novel, made a city of squalling, bruising, kneecapping editors and writers fall moony-eyed in love with him.
Or was it that I actually prefer tragedy? I feel that Mario is the hero or hope of Wallace that some people either because they are special and learn empathy to another level by societies treatment or as some sort of damaged angel become empowered to help others and make a difference. You have no idea how much you goddamn care - really - until that last word. It's definitely a book that engages you and elicits emotions of all kinds--that is, when it's not being incomprehensibly tedious.
Jun 07, p. I first read IJ about ten years back and decided to reread it this fall.
La broma infinita
Reading the novel on the Kindle made jumping back and forth pretty easy. It is impossible to elevator-pitch the plot, but in very broad strokes this book deals with addiction in various shapes and is a ferocious attempt at showing what language and novels are capable of in capable hands.
I get that a lot of the racial slurs were probably supposed to be reflective of the thoughts of the various POV characters, who were often pretty racist and awful. The lacking inventiveness of the main plot is not necessarily a big problem given the fact that the novel is about so much more than what it purports to be about. E fra le reti e le recinzioni anche gli avversari diventano specchi.
La broma infinita by David Foster Wallace (4 star ratings)
Reading while doing a slow burn. You can get a pretty good idea, I think, of what happens". I've dsvid a lot of praise about Wallace's skill with davkd, but I'm not sure how much that is due to Wallace's skill here or how much it is a function of the book's mammoth length forcing us to do a lot of the work to define those characters, since we don't really get a lot of descriptions of "inner" thoughts and motivations, at least davld the secondary characters.
In other projects Wikiquote. I looked for some notes and found about four or five websites that were helpful but at the same time it became stressing because there was not a single sentence that I read and thought there was something obscure about it and I had to look it up, otherwise it would be like getting dressed in the dark.
The outlandish comedy and the Great Concavity nonsense fight with the serious elements of this book infinitta a way that clashes rather than blends, in my view. Two of the passages in this book I found very hard to stomach: Specifically, the whole Eschaton game, which was sublime in both concept and the actual telling. Books by David Foster Wallace. All you want to do now is talk about something fun, like sparkly vampires or swamp monsters, as a kind of palate cleanser.
The most effective type is roster called intermittent reinforcement. Since then I have polished off almost an entire bottle of Chardonnay. I'm not sure about the answer to these questions. This review can wait. A really high cliff. Once I finished, I thought I had a decent idea of what was implied to have happened, only to do a bit of google-sleuthing and then realizing that foater much had slipped right past me, despite being right in my face all along.
Some critics have since qualified their initial stances. Is growing up a kind of damnation?
Or did Wallace think an overdone drag joke worked for page after page? In Abraham Lincoln decided that the fourth Thursday of each November would be recognized nationally as Thanksgiving.
Extrapolate that, and you can get a clearer image of what constitutes Infinite Jest, the book. It surely has connecting arteries, but having the ending is least of its points.