Infinite Jest

Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by LKRFN88jp, Jun 16, 2016.

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Should I read it?

  1. Absolutely, great book

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  2. Yes, it's one that's a must read just because, but it's overhyped

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  3. Yes, but it's not super great

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  4. No

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  5. I haven't read it either

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  1. LKRFN

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    Should I read this? I know it's long af but I've seen it on so many lists of great books and I'm intrigued by it. TIA
     
  2. RegimentML

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    I have nothing to add to the actual book discussion, but I really enjoyed the movie The End of the Tour. Made me put Infinite Jest on my list.
     
  3. John McGuirk

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    About to start this...it will be the biggest book ive ever read

    I havent read a book in years :ohdear:
     
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  4. RegimentML

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    That's quite the leap. No books to one of the longest ever published. Any specific reason or just interested in it?
     
  5. John McGuirk

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    Watching End of Tour last summer piqued my interest. Finally decided that I would get back into reading so I went for it
     
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    That's like not running for a year and then jumping into a marathon. Good luck
     
  7. TC

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    I know a kid who went to Berkeley and has written a novel himself and per him this book/author is GOAT. Haven't tackled it myself but def intrigued to check out a fiction nerd's fiction nerd
     
  8. HIIMTROYMcCLURE

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    You will be smarter after reading it check out his speech This is Water for a taste of how his mind works.
     
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  9. TC

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    Same dude mentioned above told me his essays were where it's really at even more than his fiction
     
  10. RegimentML

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  11. RegimentML

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    If everyone enjoys his essays, I know he has a collection entitled Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. I haven't read it yet, but much like Infinite Jest it's on the list.
     
  12. TC

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    Just read this. Have had many of the same thoughts myself. Will check into DFW as a kindred spirit
     
  13. HIIMTROYMcCLURE

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    Everything I've read from him has been uniquely awesome.
     
  14. RegimentML

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    Is this the David Foster Wallace thread now? I suppose so.

    I'm about two-thirds through A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (one of his essay collections).

    Love the way the guy's mind works. I really enjoy him discussing sports. The first essay about him as a junior tennis player was great.
     
  15. RegimentML

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    Started reading The Broom of the System. It's the book he wrote before Infinite Jest.

    Basically, I'm using this to determine whether I want to read the 500k word Infinite Jest or not. Seeing how this one is a third of the size (if even that much). I liked the book of essays I read a lot, so we'll see how this goes. I've never read his fiction before.