History Literature / InfiniteJest

21st Feb '16 2:49:51 AM val
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Creator/DavidFosterWallace's relentless {{doorstopper}} of a novel, first published in 1996. ''Infinite Jest'' takes place in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the not-too-distant future]], around the Enfield Tennis Academy and the neighboring Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House (redundancy ''sic'') in suburban UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}. Before he died, James Incandenza, founder of the ETA and film auteur, created a movie so mesmerizingly entertaining that the master copy is being sought as a weapon by Canadian terrorists and the US government. Dealing with issues like the nature of the self, family, emptiness and absence, addiction and recovery, and the minutia of tennis, there's just no way to adequately summarize this massively complex novel here. With nearly 100 pages of end notes, this may be one of the only novels for which you will need to use two bookmarks simultaneously.

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Creator/DavidFosterWallace's relentless {{doorstopper}} of a novel, first published in 1996. ''Infinite Jest'' takes place in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the not-too-distant future]], around the Enfield Tennis Academy and the neighboring Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House (redundancy ''sic'') in suburban UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}. Before he died, James Incandenza, founder of the ETA and film auteur, created a movie so mesmerizingly entertaining that the master copy is being sought as a weapon by Canadian terrorists and the US government. Dealing with issues like the nature of the self, family, emptiness and absence, addiction and recovery, and the minutia of tennis, there's just no way to adequately summarize this massively complex novel here. With nearly 100 pages of end notes, this may be one of the only novels for which you will need to use two bookmarks simultaneously.
13th Jun '15 3:40:00 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.

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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of forming coherent sentences and communicating with other people people, and as a result losing his chance at a tennis scholarship and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:51:18 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically is the very ''last'' chaper of the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.

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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically is the very ''last'' chaper of serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:31:02 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.

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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to is the very ''last'' chaper of the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:25:22 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: the first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.

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* DownerEnding: the The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:24:33 PM quackytrope
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* DoubleAgent: Remy Marathe is actually a "quadruple agent"...[[spoiler:possibly becoming a "quintuple agent" later on]].

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* DoubleAgent: Remy Marathe is actually a "quadruple agent"...[[spoiler:possibly becoming a "quintuple agent" later on]].on]].
* DownerEnding: the first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.
6th Apr '15 2:20:04 AM WillBGood
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* AnArmAndALeg: Burt Smith loses his hands and feet to frostbite after being savagely beaten and left out in a snowstorm. [[spoiler: [[DramaticIrony: He ends up staying in Ennet House with one of the perpetrators.]]]]

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* AnArmAndALeg: Burt Smith loses his hands and feet to frostbite after being savagely beaten and left out in a snowstorm. [[spoiler: [[DramaticIrony: [[DramaticIrony He ends up staying in Ennet House with one of the perpetrators.]]]]
5th Mar '15 12:05:37 PM cosmic_egg
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* StepfordSmiler: One aspect of Avril Incandenza. Someone tells a story about how when Orin accidentally (and horrifically) killed her dog, she went on calmly acting as though nothing had happened in order not to upset him.

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* StacysMom: Avril Incandenza is over 50 years of age, but this doesn't stop sundry young men from finding her "endocrinologically compelling".
* StepfordSmiler: One aspect of Avril Incandenza. Someone tells a story about how when Orin accidentally (and horrifically) killed her dog, she went on calmly acting as though nothing had happened in order not to upset him.
5th Mar '15 11:59:48 AM cosmic_egg
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* ParentalIncest: Pemulis' older brother

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* ParentalIncest: Pemulis' older brotherbrother was raped by his father as a child. So was the comatose sister of one unnamed Boston AA speaker. [[spoiler: Avril Incandenza seemingly has John Wayne role-play as Orin while they have sex. Joelle's dad is in love with her, though we don't know if he ever tried to act on his feelings.]]
5th Mar '15 11:53:26 AM cosmic_egg
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* AnArmAndALeg: Burt Smith loses his hands and feet to frostbite after being savagely beaten and left out in a snowstorm. [[spoiler: [[DramaticIrony: He ends up staying in Ennet House with one of the perpetrators.]]]]



** Played with to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza mentions a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off.

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** Played with to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza mentions a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off.off.
* AxCrazy: "C" insists on murdering everyone he and his junkie friends rob. The unnamed narrator of the chapter he appears in convinces him to settle for severe beatings.



* ButtMonkey: The aptly-nicknamed "Poor" Tony Krause. If he appears in a chapter, something nasty ''will'' happen to him.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Standard procedure for the A.F.R. They seem to be particularly fond of using railroad spikes.
** ''Self-inflicted'' by James Incandenza, who puts his head in a microwave oven, which apparently caused said head to [[LudicrousGibs "pop like an uncut spud"]]. [[spoiler: He may have been trying to destroy the cartridge implanted in his brain.]]



* DeadlyPrank: Pemulis tries to play an electric-buzzer-type prank on Dolores Rusk. He ends up almost killing a cleaning lady.



* {{Gorn}}: The deaths of [[spoiler: Lucien Antitoi and Eugene Fackelmann]]. James Incandenza gets a GoryDiscretionShot. Mostly.



* [[GrossoutShow Grossout Novel]]: There's really quite a lot of disgusting (and [[GrossUpCloseUp meticulously described]]) bodily stuff going on in this book. Some of it is played for drama, some of it for laughs. Sometimes both at the same time, like [[spoiler: Gately and Fackelmann lying around in their own urine]].



* MindRape: The last time we see [[spoiler:Orin Incandenza]].
* Military Time: Wallace seems to have preferred it, and all the characters use it without a second thought.

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* MindRape: The last time we see [[spoiler:Orin Incandenza]].
* Military Time:
MilitaryTime: Wallace seems to have preferred it, and all the characters use it without a second thought.



* ParentalIncest: Pemulis' older brother
* PsychoForHire: Bobby C for Whitey Sorkin.



* {{PostModernism}}



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: It's hinted that this is the real reason Joelle wears a veil.

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: It's hinted that this Joelle van Dyne is so beautiful people have serious trouble interacting with her face-to-face. [[spoiler: It may or may not be the real ''real'' reason Joelle she wears a the veil.]]
* TheShrink: Dolores Rusk and the unnamed grief counselor Hal is sent to after his dad's suicide are the well-meaning-but-useless kind. The narrative makes it somewhat murky whether they're genuinely incompetent or their patients are just refusing help, especially in the latter's case.



* TitleDrop: ZigZagged. "Infinite Jest" is the title of James Incandenza's brain-destroying cartridge, but said title only appears in endnote 24, his filmography. In the narration, it's only ever called the [[CapitalImportance Entertainment]] or "the ''samizdat''".

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* TitleDrop: ZigZagged. "Infinite Jest" is the title of James Incandenza's brain-destroying cartridge, but said title only appears in endnote 24, his filmography. In the narration, it's only ever called the [[CapitalImportance Entertainment]] "the Entertainment" or "the ''samizdat''".



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Orin is terrified of roaches. [[spoiler: The A.F.R. uses this against him]].



* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Or rather the [[FunWithAcronyms Prettiest Girl Of All Time]]. Meaning Joelle. This is important.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: As mentioned above, Wallace was an accomplished tennis player.

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* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: No one seems willing to believe that the death of Guillaume DuPlessis was just a bungled robbery. Which it was.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Or rather the [[FunWithAcronyms Prettiest Girl Of All Time]]. Meaning Joelle. This is important.\n* WriteWhatYouKnow: As mentioned above, Wallace was an accomplished tennis player.
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