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Publisher Description

Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore’s great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1987
January 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
480
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Adam J.W. Train ,

Hilarious, inventive, actually laugh-out-loud.

This is one of the most clever books I’ve read in years. To my knowledge, I’ve read everything DFW ever published, and this remains my favorite. The characters are verbose, indirect, and hilarious. There’s no doubt that I’ll be reading this book every few years for the rest of my life.

er20194 ,

A good gateway to a great author

Everyone should have at least one David Foster Wallace book in their repertoire and this, his first piece of fiction, is a great place to start. It may remind you of Confederacy of Dunces....

Epignosis567 ,

So bad

It's sooo bad...

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