It has been categorized as an encyclopedic novel and made time magazines list of the 100 best englishlanguage novels published between 1923 and 2005. Fax a member of gately s former book keeping enforcement crew. Jim hal and orins dad was the one who was cheated on by avril hal, orin and marios mom i. In an instant of sudden clarity i realized he was right, that they were basically the same book the same fractally complex narrative of broken meandering plots about an endlesslyawaited but never arriving apocalypse. Infinite jest isnt a book you try to read unless you really want to, so i dont think.
I also thought that don gately was dying at the end, so thats really interesting. Today, i finished infinite jest after working on it for about 9 months with a friend. If one of your reading resolutions is to finally finish infinite jest, david foster wallaces mammoth novel, im here to help. Infinite jest isnt a book you try to read unless you really want to, so i dont think ill be giving it a second look for the sake of completeness for a while. Does he survive the infection or is it his ghost that helps dig up himself with hal. In infinite jest, is it possible that gately is jims son. The wraith, aka james incandenza, speaking to gately. Don gately the book ends with don gately on a beach after a.
Of the last few decades, it is the one piece of literature regarded as unimpeachably genius, a game changer, a generationdefiner, an urtext of whatever theyre calling fiction after postmodernism, an event, a whatever else you can think of. Prince valiants haircut is a pageboy with long tresses in back, as seen at right. John wayne is with gately and hal when theyre digging up. While gately is remembering fackelmanns death, hes still in the. Life and how to live it don gately and infinite jest medium. Infinite jest is a big book in so many more ways than just the one. David foster wallaces infinite jest, is, without question, the best book ive ever read. Prince valiantish haircut prince valiant in the days of king arthur, or simply prince valiant, is a comic strip created by hal foster, which began running in 1937. With infinite jest, at 1079 pages long, give it at least 107 pages before ditching it. I reread the beginning with hals breakdown immediately after finishing gately reliving his bottom and it sort of cleared some things up, but not really.
This is a list of rymers that love david foster wallaces novel, i infinite jest i. This post first ran at the poor yoricks summer blog on august 12. Not every scene in the book is labeled with a definitive date, or has events or. I really strongly felt the way women are presented in the book was part of the story. The lengthy and complex work takes place in a semiparodic future version of north america.
Another thing is, i always remember when reading infinite jest, or anything else as meticulously constructed, is that anything that occurs to me occurred to the author. I rambled for a very long time about how what i was feeling was a different kind of sad than when you finish. Inlclude your favorite sections, quotes, characters or whatevs. Its also a great way to tell people that you are reading infinite jest and not have.
There is no mention of hals mother disappearing, his brother dying or. Ive often said theres no way to describe or synopsize infinite jest. But the emergent figure of gately wounded, desperate, but able to find and give loveallows infinite jest to work as a postmodern saga of damnation and salvation. So what i find myself wondering is whether the books last sentence isnt also a shift. Gately, having relived his bottom, begins to recover from his infection.
Thankfully in that sentence, wallace leads gately and us out of the hell of. A massive tome of over a thousand huge pages, this book was no easy undertaking and demanded a lot from me as a reader. I was talking to my roommate about infinite jest, and he asked me how it compared to illuminatus. The character of don gately in infinite jest from litcharts the creators of sparknotes.
Infinite jest is a book meant to be an actively read its meant to take a certain amount of work to finish it and try to figure out whats going on. So infinite jest gets its title from hamletthe melancholy dane meditating on death and remembering poor yorick, the court jester. David foster wallace, infinite jest and lessons in. Get everything you need to know about don gately in infinite jest. As a college english major, ive read my fair share of great literature, and very few authors even approach wallaces ability to entertain, enlighten, mystify or infuriate. One of the novels primary characters, gately is physically enormous and a reluctant but dedicated alcoholics anonymous member. I got the impression that gately died at the end the very last few. Infinite jest does begin as hals story, but it makes no promises of remaining so. Psychosis, in an interview, discusses infinite jest and gives a vague idea of what it is. Technically, since the book was originally published in.
The last chronological event is the very first chapter of the novel, occurring in november of the year of glad, in which hal incandenza is interviewing at the. I have not eliminated infinite jest s map, but i have walked its length. Reading david foster wallaces latest novel, infinite jest, i couldnt help thinking at times about 7yearold seymour glasss book length letter home from camp, published in the new. Its been a little over three months since the last post of the infinite jest liveblog, and i recently noticed the first tiny urges to jump back in and read the book. When don gatelys spider started to starve mockingbird. Underline words you want to look up later or, if you are reading the e book, highlight words not in the kindle or ios dictionary. Posted on 12 november 2012 by sharksandwich 1 comment. Heres how i finally read infinite jest and how you can, too. And here, really, is the enigma of david foster wallaces work generally and infinite jest specifically. Incandenza himself died when he killed himself by putting his head in a microwave oven. Eli cash is a drug addict of the highest type, much like gately, hal, and the varied addicts of ij. As the reader plows through infinite jest, it becomes clear that the subplots involving gately, hal and the canadian terrorists also provide a flimsy armature on which mr.
I was going to wait on it, but not that even infinite summer is talking about the end. So did i, for the first two or three pages, until i saw the author didnt give a damn. Infinite jest was the first thing i ever read that didnt adhere more or less to. In short, if finnegans wake was a rancid fart that was proudly left to rip, infinite jest is a weak one, lacking sound and odor. Infinite jest is both sad, depressed and funny and even 25 years after it was published in 1994 remains relevant to the modern age. For as much burn as weve given david foster wallace on this site, i was surprised and a bit embarrassed to realize that weve never quoted from his opus infinite jest. Eli is nonchalant about his drug use, but also feels the need to hide it from those closest to him. I do not see what other people see when i read the end of infinite jest. Wallace wrote to a friend that the fuckers cut by 600 pages from the first version. What follows is a reshuffling of all the scenes in infinite jest as they occur chronologically. You regulars will perhaps remember that i started reading this novel as a. In fact, its take on the very nature of entertainment itself perhaps foresaw the age of vanity and social media, as seen through the prisms of tinder, facebook, twitter and instagram. Stephen gately s death represents the first time that the boyband genre has had to deal with such a tragic situation. Once hailed as a work of singular genius, time has not been kind to the groundbreaking infinite jest, as paul ring discovers while reading david foster wallaces novel 20 years on.
So, when i finished infinite jest this weekend, i started to write this super long post about how much i loved this book and how sad i was that it was over. Infinite summer view topic timing of duplessis death. It is an exuberant, uniquely american exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do. Infinite jest is a 1996 novel by american writer david foster wallace. Infinite jest is a book that in almost every sense just keeps going and going. If i can casually see the parallels between joi and hamlets father, then it must have occurred to wallace while writing it. The beloved 1100page novel is david foster wallaces magnum opus. Infinite jest 1996 is a novel written by david foster wallace. The novel is widely noted for its unconventional narrative structure and its experimental use of endnotes there are a total of 388 endnotes, some with footnotes of their own. Gately is 28 in ydau, therefore 9yearold gately smokes his first. Though infinite jest had begun as a book with hal incandenza at its center, as it grew wallace moved his focus more to the figure of don gately a former demerol addict and a member of. Its been a little over three months since the last post of the infinite jest liveblog, and i recently noticed the first tiny urges to jump back in and read the book again. Much like himselfs avantgarde works, infinite jest reminds us that it is a book and not a real story. While i cant read the book not even the end notes for you, i.
The chapter where don gately breaks into the brookline house and duplessis is bound. Gately died of a congenital heart defect on 10 october 2009, in a flat that he and cowles owned in mallorca, spain. I havent researched much on the book yet, but i looked through some old posts and started wondering about a few aspects of the book. This is the whole deathisyournextlifesmother thing, the bit where your mom.
Is there no ending to infinite book because there couldnt be. David foster wallaces infinite jest was a mindbending comedy with a razor sharp edge. Steeply and marathe are discussing how duplessis has died in the chapter identified as 30 april year of the depends adult undergarment p. Infinite jest does anybody want to talk about infinite. Infinite jest as infinite jest a supposedly fun blog. So for me, the key moment of infinite jest is really in one of the earliest footnotes, an encyclopedia entry of all of himselfs motion pictures. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, infinite jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. But, all of this is based on my reading other people theories of how hamlet is supposed to be like infinite jest. It was also certainly cited and quoted a hell of a lot, announcing, as it seemed to, a conquering literary colossus.1342 1069 532 1052 1104 1062 1453 124 331 642 962 1407 7 832 899 818 841 802 1140 1010 449 272 368 105 1226 875 1132 1381 1171 587 26