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... read more
Chronology's unimportant: this novel details the distinct but related worlds of the Enfield Tennis Academy, where teens get the life sucked out of them with the hope of making it to "The Show", and where seventeen year-old Hal Incandenza undergoes a metamorphosis at the hands of drug addiction... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Chronology's unimportant: this novel details the distinct but related worlds of the Enfield Tennis Academy, where teens get the life sucked out of them with the hope of making it to "The Show", and where seventeen year-old Hal Incandenza undergoes a metamorphosis at the hands of drug addiction and withdrawal. Just down the hill, at Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House <sic>, Don Gately and an ensemble of other misfits try to reform their lives and escape addiction to alcohol and drugs; it's a metaphor for the addiction to entertainment in America, which is also explicated in the third, overlying story: French terrorists in wheelchairs are trying to acquire a copy of a movie so good it's impossible to stop watching, which they hope to use to end American imperialism in North America. This is a geometrically organized spiderweb of a world that's built on a ethico-philosophico-moral premise that's impossible to shake loose.
“I am in here.”Hal Incandenza
“I don't hate myself. I just wanted out. I didn't want to play anymore is all.”Katherine Ann Gompert (page 70)
“That God might regard the issue of whether you believe there's a God or not as fairly low on his/her/its list of things s/he/it's interested in re you.”(page 205)
“It's not wanting to hurt myself it's want to <i>not hurt</i>.”Katherine Ann Gompert (p78)
“These worst mornings with cold floors and hot windows and merciless light—the soul’s certainty that the day will have to be not traversed but sort of climbed, vertically, and then that going to sleep again at the end of it will be like falling, again, off something tall and sheer.”Orin Incandenza
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