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  • This book is great because of the wide variety of themes and characters that the author is able to seamlessly mesh together, drawing from dozens of sources, something esoteric and sometimes banal

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      Infinite Jest is a great literary achievement. David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus contains themes from such diverse sources as competitive tennis, Quebecois independence movements, twelve-step programs, illegal drugs, existentialist philosophy, and the effects of technology upon a mankind. In short, Infinite Jest

      is a book about the pursuit of happiness in modern America, and how this pursuit can blind us to the very things that can truly make our lives seem worthwhile. This book is great because of the wide variety of themes and characters that the author is able to seamlessly mesh together, drawing from dozens of sources, something esoteric and sometimes banal. One of Wallace’s distinguishing characteristics as a writer is his reliance of endnotes, something he says is to break up the linearity ...

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      of the piece. While sometimes Wallace’s endnotes offer little more than the pharmaceutical name for the drug or the etymology of a word, but other times the elaborations in the endnotes are crucial to the text (such as toward the end of
      the novel, where several pivotal chapters occur only in the endnotes). Here too it should be noted that not all of Wallace’s endnotes are necessary, yet they are always intriguing, so as is the case when he provides the entire filmography of the main character’s late father.




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