What is infinite jest about

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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

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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Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide

Infinite Jest is a novel by American writer David Foster Wallace. The novel is widely noted for its unconventional narrative structure and its experimental.
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How to Read “Infinite Jest”

Something happens to a novel as it ages, but what? Fiction has no half-life. Which is to say that a novel is perishable only by virtue of being stored in such a leaky cask: our heads. If that were the mark of enduring fiction, Philip K. Dick would be the greatest novelist of all time. David Foster Wallace understood the paradox of attempting to write fiction that spoke to posterity and a contemporary audience simultaneously, with equal force.

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The novel is widely noted for its unconventional narrative structure and its experimental use of endnotes there are a total of endnotes, some with footnotes of their own. It has been categorized as an encyclopedic novel [1] and made Time magazine's list of the best English-language novels published between and Infinite Jest is regarded as a literary bestseller, having sold 44, hardcover copies in its first year of publication. Wallace began Infinite Jest , "or something like it", at various times between and His efforts in —92 were more productive. I knew him, Horatio : a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!

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