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 why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. 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.
"Pratt is a startlingly good narrator, dry and expressive, with the kind of vocal control that evokes dozens of characters with only slight but very distinctive variations of accent and affect.... Pratt hears the humor in Wallace's work, and lets you in on the joke without resorting to overheated wackiness. His control and stamina are impressive." (John Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review)
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The book is magnificent, and I was apprehensive about listening to it because I wanted the reader to do it justice. Mr Pratt does a fantastic job. Fantastic. I downloaded this to listen to when my eyes were otherwise occupied and I couldn't read my hard copy and now I just want to listen to the whole thing.
The reviewer who made insistent demands that the woman speaking the numbers should be removed – as if she were some kind of interfering glitch – clearly did not listen to the first two minutes of the recording in which they explain that the numbers are a nod to Wallace's endnotes, which they don't include in the narration. It would be kind of impossible to include the endnotes in the recording, and I think this is a pretty good way of not excluding them entirely.
Phew! Finally I can understand this text!
Absolutely, for the novice to this type of literary fiction, I cannot tell you how many times I have started and given up on the actual book. This performance by Sean Pratt is really humorous, sad and entertaining.
I guess The Mothers! They are represented in such a way she feels just out of view.
I think in the beginning when Hal is trying so hard to be "normal' and be heard.
Cannot wait for my new credit for Part Two.
- Ms R. E. Moody