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Old 03-13-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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I'm about to tackle this monster. I've been eyeing it for about two years, but I've been reluctant because of the size. Well, now is as good a time as any, I suppose.
Has anyone here read it? Do you have advice? Like it or dislike it? There are tons of footnotes in the thing!!!
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I haven't read it but I just took a look at some of the reviews and it certainly appears worth putting on my ever growing wish list.

Probably a challenging book, but that's always good.

Enjoy it and come back to share your thoughts...please!
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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I've read it! It's excellent! Keep with it - I almost put it down a few times towards the beginning and got hooked around 300 pages into it. It's a slow build. I did not find it a challenging book, despite its length (for gauge - my version of a challenging but palatable book was Gravity's Rainbow). The scenes of Hal getting high in the steam tunnels have been with me ever since I read Infinite Jest. Enjoy!
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:43 PM
 
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I've read it! It's excellent! Keep with it - I almost put it down a few times towards the beginning and got hooked around 300 pages into it. It's a slow build. I did not find it a challenging book, despite its length (for gauge - my version of a challenging but palatable book was Gravity's Rainbow). The scenes of Hal getting high in the steam tunnels have been with me ever since I read Infinite Jest. Enjoy!
Interesting - I read Gravity's Rainbow and I think I understand about 2/3 of it. It's one of the hardest things I've ever read, but I do want to give it another shot.
I will do my best to stick with Infinite Jest!
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:52 PM
 
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I probably only understand about 2/3 of Gravity's Rainbow - but I did manage to read and keep attention to it. Infinite Jest is kind of a good comparison because there isn't as rigid of a plot line as most novels, but it isn't as wandering as Gravity's Rainbow. Much easier because you do get caught up emotionally in the story - and some of the scenes ... like I said... stick with you forever.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:57 PM
 
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Default Have a dictionary handy!

I read it quite awhile ago- it also took me a very, very long time to read it. I have a pretty good vocabulary and I still had to look up a word a page. The footnotes are the authors special quirky and odd writing style. An experimental stylistic thing. DFW is a writer that mostly appeals to readers of the male persuasion. But, I happen to be female. I can't say that I exactly loved the book, but I sure was happy to have read it. Afterwards I would brag to everyone/ everywhere that I had completed reading it. I guess I still am! Also, I met the author at a reading once and he hit on me- it made me feel really smart. DFW is actually a very funny guy, but the pay off of that factor isn't as immediate in "Infinite Jest" as in his other books.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Also, I met the author at a reading once and he hit on me- it made me feel really smart.

"Hit on" by an author. I am SO jealous -- my fantasy, I'll admit.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:29 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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I've had this book for awhile but hadn't started it due to its forbidding length. I'm only into the first 50 or so pages now....he's certainly an interesting writer, although a little hard to follow.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Utah
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This is on my list along with Atlas Shrugged, & Gravity's Rainbow, all of which are intimidating.
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