This is a great novel comprised of entries from different characters with very different backgrounds and narrative styles that all weave in and out of each other to make some sort of wild mish-mash of information revolving around the themes of entertainment, addiction, responsibility, and what it is to live a satisfying human life.
At around 1100 pages, this heavyweight might be intimidating, but for no reason. It shouldn't be intimidating because it reads so well that you will be blazing through the pages with relative ease. This book is full of footnotes, and many might think that this is hostile to the reader. I myself enjoy footnotes, so my recommendation is that you read this with two bookmarks, one for the text and one for the footnotes. Wallace's writing style encourages reading in binges if you have the taste for his work, and this particular story is captivating to the point you have difficulty putting it down. If you're of the right type, this book will make you feel guilty reading it because it is so easy to flow through.
I really can't go very far without giving a lot away, but you can consult a synopsis elsewhere if you really want to spoil the experience. As a final note, however, I must say that Wallace's writing is hilarious as well, but in a way that also invites us to reflect on why it is that we laugh at such material in the first place.
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