Top Posts of 2016!

In terms of blogging, 2016 was a wonderful year for this blog and me. What I did the whole year? Well, I read books, blogged about them, met new bloggers, and read their intriguing blog posts.

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Understanding Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest turned twenty this year and a year ago when  I reviewed it, I did mention that, I am quoting myself, Reading INFINITE JEST was a task waiting to be done for quite a long of time.” Indeed it’s a task. Reading any book above thousands pages, is a big task for me. Infinite Jest was first of its kind and one of its kind for me. After it, I had courage to read books like Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Dickens’ Bleak House, the list is a little bit longer than I expected.

Reading a massive novel means that a reader is willing to be attentive to a period of time in which he completes the task of reading that book. In this particular period, the reader’s attention span can be distracted due to daily activities and a thing called life. What tends a reader to read such massive works? (Another question can also be put here: what tends a writer to write such a massive work? But we are leaving the writing part for some time later.) Well, the one major factor I have found in every lengthy book is the start is important. The start of the text, is what will make a reader curious about it and such that the force of curiosity drives the reader to complete the book.

The start of Infinite Jest wasn’t extraordinary but it was enough for one to be engrossed to. Many might not agree, but that is how I felt since I have never read Wallace’s works before and neither had I read that kind of writing style. I seldom think about reading Infinite Jest one more time, however I know the outcome will be again, disappointing. It was the ending that did not work for me. Yes, the ending of any text is as essential as the beginning but it is not in my hands (or yours), to end a book in a way we want. The ending of the book does not at all depends on the few mere pages of what happens when to whom but it actually depends on the structure of the book.The structure of the book is essential to handle the complexity, if there are going to be a 1000 pages, there is going to be some complexity and not just words pen down in abstract manner. The structure of the book must cope with its characters regardless of the writing style of a writer. 

This is what Infinite Jest made me understand.


Which David Foster Wallace book have you read recently/last?

What do you think about massive books?

Check out this link: Five David Foster Wallace Essays You Should Read

Five David Foster Wallace Essays You Should Read

The other day I was just hovering around the internet researching a bit on David Foster Wallace. After reading The Pale King, I was impressed by his versatile writing style of taking ordinary topics and characters and blending them together and turning them in an extraordinary experience for the reader. I cam across some of his essays which I think you should take a look.

BOOK REVIEW- The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

The Pale King is David Foster Wallace’s posthumous unfinished book, first published in 2011, still hard to find a paperback copy. It is set in an IRS (Internal Revenue Service) office in Illinois, America. The book is about boredom or how the meaningless rules and regulations in an organisation, added up with monotonous and dullness, fills a person’s life with boredom.

After reading Infinite Jest, I was impressed by the writing nonetheless it was a bit disappointing as the whole book. The Pale King on the other hand is altogether a different book. Not only the versatile writing, the in-depth knowledge on the topics such as IRS, the description and build of various characters and their personalities, the tedious routine of the IRS employees is defined exquisitely by Mr. Wallace.

The book will take some commitment from the reader to continue reading it and I think reading books like this, one should prosper in providing such commitment. Many people say, they left Infinite Jest after picking it more than twice, but I would say to them only one thing which though I had not realised at the time of reading Infinite Jest: commitment. Commitment towards the extraordinary mind of Foster Wallace. His writing indeed is rich with ideas.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW- The Pale King by David Foster Wallace”

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by David Foster Wallace

THE LAST INTERVIEW and OTHER CONVERSATIONS is a collection of interviews of David Forster Wallace including the last interview he gave before his death. Earlier this year I read his book Infinite Jest which I still think is a bit overrated due its length but I got curios about this writer-who-wears-bandana’s intellect. On reading this book, I got a glance on his intellect more. It’s an insight and you don’t need to read between the lines. Just read the answers David Foster Wallace gave to several interviewers’ questions.

In THE LAST INTERVIEW and OTHER CONVERSATIONS, David Foster Wallace not only answers the questions regarding his books and essays or collection of his essays rather he has an opinion on various subjects. He talks politics, his teaching career, a book reviewer’s POV, on the film The Good Will Hunting, the role of footnotes in Infinite Jest, pop culture and for rest you have to read the book. It’s not as big as Infinite Jest, in fact quite intact. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by David Foster Wallace”

BOOK REVIEW: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Reading INFINITE JEST was a task waiting to be done for quite a long of time. Reading INFINITE JEST in an Ebook format, is another task altogether. I searched for the paperback copy of Infinite Jest in more than ten big stores all over the city I live in. It was a shame, none of them were responsible enough to have at least a single copy. It took me two days to find the best possible solution until I decided to go with the e-formatted copy on my phablet. I considered ordering it online, but that just depletes the awe in which you are in when you want to read a book so badly. Also, the online process would have taken at least twelve days, by the time I was over with it.

I know its massive, and yes I did nothing accept reading it day and night for seven straight days. But that’s okay. Anyone can do that. Imagine the amount of patience and constant attention an author needs to devote towards that kind of a work. In front of that, I did nothing more than a mere tribute to his book and the author himself. It’s also that I did not want to spend the whole spring reading it. Spring is not the best season to read Infinite Jest. Summer might be.

Being classified as a post-modern classic, this novel exemplifies the technique of narrative piece as it traces two tangentially-related plotlines and wave between the past, present and future. Since the first page of the book one can be astonished by how can such a thing be written so flawlessly but later on realise that Wallace did took his time to right this. David Eggers, who wrote the Forward, says: “The book is 1079 pages long and there is not one lazy sentence.” Eggers opinion as I consider is personal. The Forward section which he completely dedicates in proving a mark that the reader has to be challenged to actually read a book like this. By virtue, if you decide to read this book, I suggest you to leave the forward to Eggers himself. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace”