Originally Posted by medford
I worked it over about a year, some of those 5 page paragraphs are really hard to get thru. W/o giving anything away, let me just say that I don't understand, even a little bit, all of the great reviews it received. Don't get me wrong, there are parts of it that are very entertaining, and thought provoking, but well I'll just leave it at that and let you come to your own conclusions. I'll admit, I may not be smart enough to appreciate its depth. Many of the reviews come off as pretentious after having read it myself, but to each their own. For the amount of work I know it takes to slug thru that thing, I hope you end up enjoying as much as many others have apparently have.
I started it mostly based on C Trent's mention of the book and the forward by David Eggers who I read once and really enjoyed. I wish I hadn't.
Good luck, I'd love to hear your opinions when you're done.
Yeah, it's certainly a unique book and I find the heaping praise a bit confusing myself. I do know there is a crowd of devoted DFW fans out there who love his hyperliterate, neurotic prose. I think that's the only way you enjoy Infinite Jest, enjoying the process and not necessarily a neat plot. I suppose it's about savoring his language and tone.
That said, not a huge fan of Infinite Jest and you couldn't pay me to read The Pale King (his style and accountants, I'd rather be bludgeoned with a fence post), but his essays and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men are phenomenal, which is to say, he's great in smaller doses.