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Graça Infinita (2014)

de David Foster Wallace

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13,192242455 (4.22)11 / 1088
A spoof on our culture featuring a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation house near Boston. The center becomes a hotbed of revolutionary activity by Quebec separatists in revolt against the Organization of North American Nations which now rules the continent.
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    Arco-íris da gravidade de Thomas Pynchon (AndySandwich)
    AndySandwich: Books that cause neuroses.
  2. 91
    Ulysses de James Joyce (browner56)
    browner56: You will either love them both or hate them both, but you will probably need a reader's guide to get through either one--I know I did.
  3. 61
    Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself de David Lipsky (blahblah88)
    blahblah88: Get to know DFW.
  4. 50
    Skippy Dies de Paul Murray (owenkeegan)
    owenkeegan: Set at an Irish boarding school, this book shares a sense of humor with and has a narrative disjunction similar to Infinite Jest.
  5. 30
    A Naked Singularity de Sergio De La Pava (DaveInSeattle)
  6. 42
    Vanity Fair de William Makepeace Thackeray (Usuário anônimo)
    Usuário anônimo: It's all about what people do for entertainment, status, and sport. Along the way, the entire spectrum of society is satirized.
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    Cloud Atlas de David Mitchell (owenkeegan)
    owenkeegan: David Foster Wallace based the structure of Infinite Jest on a fractal. Cloud Atlas similarly transitions from one story to the next as though zooming in on a corner of one world to reveal a whole new universe, related but unique.
  8. 10
    Martian Time-Slip de Philip K. Dick (ateolf)
  9. 10
    The Instructions de Adam Levin (hairball)
    hairball: If you liked Infinite Jest, you will like The Instructions, but even if you didn't like IJ, you should try it.
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    The Man Without Qualities: A Sort of Introduction; Pseudo Reality Prevails {Vol. 1 of 2} de Robert Musil (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung meint, dass 'Unendlicher Spass' von Foster Wallace für den Beginn des einundzwanzigsten Jahrhunderts das sei, was Musils 'Mann ohne Eigenschaften' für das vergangene Jahrhundert war.
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    Hamlet de William Shakespeare (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Infinite Jest wields several references/allusions to Shakespeare's play.
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    The Dissertation: A Novel (Norton paperback fiction) de R. M. Koster (absurdeist)
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    The Candy Machine: How Cocaine Took Over the World de Tom Feiling (DLSmithies)
    DLSmithies: I know that Infinite Jest isn't "about drugs" - to reduce it to that would be insulting - but nevertheless, I read these books around the same time, and found they both have really interesting things to say about drugs and addiction in modern society - so if you liked IJ, Tome Felling's book might be worth a look.… (mais)
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    The Sellout de Paul Beatty (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Books share a hectic, erudite wordplay and sense of the outrageous.
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STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!

I'm not sure how this book ended up in my To-Read list. I wouldn't have read it on holiday either, if I had known it was so long. In fact, I generally do not read extremely long books (> 600 pages) by authors until I've vetted a shorter work first. All this contributed to an extremely unpleasant read.

Infinite Jest is partly about a dangerous film of the same name: People that interact with this film cannot stop watching, until they die of corporeal neglect. Ironic that my experience of the book was the exact contrast, since I had to struggle against giving up on it at every turn. About 2 / 3 of the way into the book, probably around page 650, some of the story arcs appear to begin to approach one another. A few pages later, it was clear this was a feign and the book continues without direction or regard for the reader, ending with a random flashback.

Story: 2 / 10
Characters: 8
Setting: 7.5
Prose: 7.5

Tags: Sports secondary schools, training, addiction, revolutionary groups, politics, neuroticism, corruption, toxic waste, technology, family ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
- This won't make much sense if you haven't read the book.

- Who doesn't love the Eschaton story, Hal's mistaken visit to the all-male encounter group, a well-played (three-) set piece? Not me, I mean I don't not love them. I love the Steeply/Marathe in the desert dialogue too, unfolding like some Pynchonian panorama, two weird souls united by one dark sagegrass-smelling night, double-talking their way to some kind of (d')accord. But the connective tissue of this novel isn't so appetising, the coagulated vein and gristle of the Ennet House and ETA day-to-day, the Bostonian meanderings. The geographical scope of IJ is surprisingly restricted, its retrotech near-future (now past) setting, while interesting at first, less lustrous by the 200th Y.D.A.U. If I was being harsh I'd call it the Great American Novel for its time, a time and a generation that didn't want, or deserve, a G.A.M. An inward-looking, U.H.I.D.-veiled G.A.M., circling the cage of its own inhibitions, chewing its own tail in muffled agony.

- The only character with more depth than a Pemulis lob is Gately, and that's only thanks to 100+ pages of biography that appear in the last quarter or so of the novel, like a hastily-knocked out homework assignment, or like the author's grudging response to a demand from his editor to "show your workings". The rest of the cast — even Prince Hal — are cartoons, defined by their eccentricities. That doesn't make them unentertaining — I loved the hyper-annoying Pemulis, the Canadian cyborg John Wayne, the brilliantly named Ortho "The Darkness" Stice. But there's a vaporizing void where the human heart of this novel ought to be (you might say a Great Concavity), a black hole whose event horizon shreds readerly sympathy, rebuffs attempts to probe it, to know it. It's palpable — the abyss staring back at you — even affecting — but it's freezing cold, dispassionate, lonely as hell.

- Look, I know I'd get more out of this on a reread. The same is true of anything long and complicated. But I'm judging this on the first read and whereas my first read of reputationally comparable novels has stuffed me to the gills AND tantalized me with more gen and more discoverable internal correspondences, IJ the first time around while equally tantalizing stuffed me only to about the pyloric caeca or ventral aorta. The sidestory of Pemulis's rentboy brother, say, or those embarrassing ebonic excurses, am I glad I read those? There's a story here, something about a wraith and an Oedipus complex and whether mom or dad is the creative essence and what it means to eliminate your own map, and there's a fair schwack of fucking incendiary writing, but there's a whole lot of extraneous guff as well.

- And but so I like, like like DFW's register. I've even unconsciously adopted it, footnoting my own sentences — my thoughts concatenated with rambling subclauses and hanging hyphens — it's addictive! which but that doesn't mean it's good for me, or that it doesn't drive me bats when taken in excess the same as any other mind-altering substance. Like everyone and everything in the book it does one obsessive thing, far too well. Did DFW intend for his footnotes and toenotes — what I call the footnotes to the footnotes — to drive us bats? I read a first edition with end-, not foot-, notes, and the physical back and forth was like a way-too-long baseline rally... my poor forearms... or like the itch-scratching of addiction. I'll credit the author for this though and place him at Gibbon's right hand on the Dais of the Unnecessary, Marginally-Material, Kind Of Pointless Footnote (D.U.M.M.K.O.P.F.)

- And if I never hear an English sentence rendered with French syntax again it will be trop putain de fils. ( )
  yarb | Jan 9, 2024 |
It's long, disjointed, tedious, absurd, depressing, intentionally difficult, and anti-climactic. It's hilarious, thoughtful, realistic, challenging, and immersively detailed. It's changed how I approach and read books. I would recommend this to anyone who looking for a challenge. ( )
  gregmeron | Dec 1, 2023 |
Hard as I tried, I just could not get into this book. All the great reviews led me to spend more time than I normally would have with it, but I gave up after a couple of hundred pages (and jumping around in the book a bit to see if it changed in character, which it didn't appear to do.). ( )
  jjbinkc | Aug 27, 2023 |
Exceeded the hype. ( )
  Alexander_McEvoy | Aug 23, 2023 |
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What if an author put forth goals for his fiction so intelligent yet modest, so comprehensive yet dignified, that the reader would not—could not—forget them? Something like this happened to David Foster Wallace...
adicionado por vibesandall | editarThe New Yorker, D. T. Max (Feb 19, 2016)
 
...still a challenge, still brilliant...
adicionado por vibesandall | editarThe Guardian, Emma-Lee Moss (Feb 15, 2016)
 
And here, really, is the enigma of David Foster Wallace's work generally and “Infinite Jest” specifically: an endlessly, compulsively entertaining book that stingily withholds from readers the core pleasures of mainstream novelistic entertainment, among them a graspable central narrative line, ...
adicionado por vibesandall | editarNew York Times, Tom Bissell (Feb 1, 2016)
 
A virtuoso display of styles and themes...There is generous intelligence and authentic passion on every page.
adicionado por vibesandall | editarTime
 
A work of genius...grandly ambitious, wickedly comic, a wild, surprisingly readable tour de force.
adicionado por vibesandall | editarSeattle Times
 

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Wallace, David Fosterautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Blumenbach, UlrichTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Covián, MarceloTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Eggers, DavePrefácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Giua, GraziaContribuinteautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Nesi, EdoardoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pratt, SeanNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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