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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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Phenomenal; Not as tough as it's reputation
November 10th, 2014
Infinite Jest has a reputation for being one of those books that everyone starts and no one finishes. People say it's too long; too difficult. I did find it a bit of a slog for the first 100 pages, but once I learned to trust that the author would fill in the blanks for me over time, everything became awesome. An incredible work of humour and gravitas. I can't recommend it enough.
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