|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Page Count: 1104
Fiction category: Humor, Contemporary
Dates Read: March 21-25, 2015
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.
This was the most overrated piece I have read on a long time. When I finally finished this one, I felt guilty for not loving it. It seemed like every review I read about this was just raving like it was written by Zeus. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent book, but I don't think it is as great as everyone makes it out to be. I think most people have to tell themselves they loved this because it is easier than admitting that you just wasted so much time reading a purely adequate book. This book is long. So very long, and so very boring at many different points. It was entertaining in places though. I felt bad for all the characters. I didn't feel bad because of their situations, but because I had so much pity for them. These are the most reprehensible characters I have read about since The Great Gatsby.
Please save yourself the trouble and do not waste your time on this, unless you are stranded on a deserted island and have nothing better to do. If I could go back in time, I would choose having a lobotomy over reading this.
I give this a 2 1/2 out of 5.