Book Review: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This monster book about a tennis academy sounds like a real snorejob but it is probably my favorite book of all time, and I have books tattooed on my body. This thing is so loaded with insight that it bottoms out over speedbumps. If I describe the plot, it sounds like a shit show, but that’s because I’m a billionth of the writer that David Foster Wallace is. I will attempt to do it anyway.

The functionally dysfunctional Incandenza family is at the center of this tale which takes place before, during and after their patriarch’s head explodes in an altered microwave. The country has been cleaned of toxins which were deposited in Maine and then Maine was given as a gift to Canada, which, understandably, had some impact on US-Canada relations. There is a halfway house, a film that is so entertaining that the viewers starve to death rather than pull their attention away, a very scary gang of wheelchair terrorists, a lot of tennis and a ghost. See! Shit show. But wow. The New York Times called it “A masterpiece that’s also a monster” and the acclaimed Magazine, Savage Henry, called it “A, like, really, really, super good book, man.”

You can’t help but stop every few pages and consider the brain of the man who spun this tale. Intelligence to the point of disability. He committed suicide after battling with depression Big Brains are sometimes a white elephant. At least he left behind this incredible rectangle full of words.

5 STARS

 

About Sarah Godlin

Sarah Godlin, one of the creators of Savage Henry, lives in the heart of Humboldt County, California. She has a bit of a Napoleon Complex, but all in all is a hell of a gal. She's responsible for the fold-in's, Catty Mean Girl, the Monthly Confessions, The parental Warning, many features and a grip of the other funny that make Savage Henry so great. She also wrangles writers. If you think you're a funny writer, get a hold of her. She can loud whistle, play harmonica and back a trailer into a tight space. She's a lefty and a Clippers fan. She's also a Raiders fan but don't hold that against her, she enjoys winning just as much as the next person. You can follow her on Twitter! twitter.com/bloglin You can send her emails! godlin@savagehenrymagazine.com You can send her presents! http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f2aa/ 791 8th Street, Suite 5 Arcata, Ca 95521

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