Infinite Jest

by David Foster Wallace

In Brief

A sprawling modern masterpiece that feels like several novels combined in one labyrinthine bundle of substance addiction, depression, child abuse, Quebec separatism, family relationships, film theory and tennis. A savage satire on consumerism and a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of sporting success, it is absurdly funny, hauntingly tragic and simply vital.

Why you should read it

You might just feel like a better person for reading this book, if only for the self-congratulation that comes from successfully negotiating a volume of 1,079 pages. But those pages still find a way of being concise; Infinite Jest doesn't span the full range of human emotions, but the ones that matter are handled with the love and care of a man at the peak of his powers.

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