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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The whole package
yet I haven't finish the book, i like it very much. the things is i bought this and infinite jest part 3 ( the end notes) of in for 10 dollars. you get the complete package for 74 dollars. it a lot of money. but for 10 dollars more you've get the whole package.
Anyone who's read DFW knows the man loves his footnotes. This audiobook strips them out entirely. This becomes a major problem later in the novel, as he regularly includes HUGE portions of relevant plot in extended footnote sections.
I do not suggest this for first-time readers of this book.
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