Sunday, April 26, 2009

26. "Infinite Jest" - David Foster Wallace

Slap me, please. Preferably within the first 25-30 pages. I've been flipping through books at an incredible pace, but I've finished only one.

What knocked you out of your seat? I'm frustrated with stinker books (like this one with its rambling paragraphs that repeat-repeat-repeat like a skipping record for five irrational pages.

10 comments:

LisaMM said...

Have you read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson? It's YA but it grabbed me quickly.

Bibliolatrist said...

I've tried to read IJ about 3 times now. Each time I got further than the last, but still gave up each time. Right now I'm trying to read Oblivion, a collection of his short stories, but reading them feels like torture. Sigh.

Susan said...

Have you read any of Jacqueline Winspear's books? I've really enjoyed them.

Kristin Dodge said...

I've heard lovely things about Maisie mysteries, but I can't read them because that's what I'm currently writing. I know... makes little sense.

SPEAK is magnificent. Didn't I review it?

Biblio, book sister of mine, don't even bother. Someday, ask me about meeting DFW.

Madeleine said...

Yep, I know the feeling, I end up not reading the books or if I am hoonest and feel my mood might have something to do with this, I'll put it aside and try again at another time

Stefania said...

On the back cover of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" I read that Junot Diaz sounds a lot like David Foster Wallace, so I wanted to read this one. Now I'm not sure...

Have you checked the Orange Prize shortlist and longlist (my last post)? There are a few interesting titles in there.

PS: Everything's allright in Italy, I live very far from the earthquake. There was much sorrow throughout all the country, though. I had just come back from England for spring break when it happened, it was really bad news, but hey... we know that all Italy is very sismic.

sarah said...

I tried to read this book years ago and just decided I didn't need to be that "smart".

amanaceer said...

i felt the exact same way about "consider the lobster" and i heard such great things!

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PD? said...

I know this is an old post but nobody asked you about meeting with DFW!

And I know he's passed and it's not cool to speak ill of the dead, but as an avid and conflicted DFW reader and fan I would love to hear your story.