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david foster wallace, anyone?
« on: January 16, 2013, 03:55:50 AM »
so, i read a lot. and i read a lot of things other than fantasy. just by chance, is there anyone in here that has read anything by david foster wallace? infinite jest? it's one of the greatest things ever written, maybe, i think.
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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 06:48:16 PM »
Nope but I'm going to give him a Google now because I hadn't heard of him. :)

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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2013, 05:09:10 AM »
do! infinite jest was written in 1996 as a near future type genre. it was very hard, but so worth every time i had to crack open the ol' OED, which was like at least one word per page, usually more.
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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013, 02:28:13 PM »
Very much helps that Infinite Jest is in the 1001 Books list which I signed up for this year.. *shakes in boots*

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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 04:57:13 AM »
what list might that be?
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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2013, 01:06:57 PM »
The '1001 books you must read before you die' list. :) This is my source, somebody else's tracker, not mine.. I've read maybe 17! This one combines a few different versions of the list from over the years.

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2013, 12:05:43 PM »
The '1001 books you must read before you die' list. :) This is my source, somebody else's tracker, not mine.. I've read maybe 17! This one combines a few different versions of the list from over the years.

I just took a look at that list and I've read

Pre 1900 - 17
1900-2000 - 19
2000+ - 0

There are a lot of books on that list that I just wouldn't be interested in reading and some of the selections were a bit bemusing as for pre 1900 authors it lists almost everything some of them have written (except the one book by them that I've read - typical! :P) but for post 1900 authors it seems to be limited to just one or two books per author. As lists go though, its not a bad one to aim for- and there is plenty of wiggle room if you only need to read 1001 because there are almost 1400 books on the list!  :D

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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2013, 08:36:30 PM »
The '1001 books you must read before you die' list. :) This is my source, somebody else's tracker, not mine.. I've read maybe 17! This one combines a few different versions of the list from over the years.

I just took a look at that list and I've read

Pre 1900 - 17
1900-2000 - 19
2000+ - 0

There are a lot of books on that list that I just wouldn't be interested in reading and some of the selections were a bit bemusing as for pre 1900 authors it lists almost everything some of them have written (except the one book by them that I've read - typical! :P) but for post 1900 authors it seems to be limited to just one or two books per author. As lists go though, its not a bad one to aim for- and there is plenty of wiggle room if you only need to read 1001 because there are almost 1400 books on the list!  :D


I definitely don't plan to read 1001 books from that list in my lifetime but I'll certainly use it as a guideline for the classics if I get stuck.. though Chaucer isn't on there? Really? But yeah. Mostly I like to make my own must read lists full of fantasy and paranormal and chick lit. Those don't tend to make the lists. :)

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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2013, 10:34:03 PM »
The '1001 books you must read before you die' list. :) This is my source, somebody else's tracker, not mine.. I've read maybe 17! This one combines a few different versions of the list from over the years.

I just took a look at that list and I've read

Pre 1900 - 17
1900-2000 - 19
2000+ - 0

There are a lot of books on that list that I just wouldn't be interested in reading and some of the selections were a bit bemusing as for pre 1900 authors it lists almost everything some of them have written (except the one book by them that I've read - typical! :P) but for post 1900 authors it seems to be limited to just one or two books per author. As lists go though, its not a bad one to aim for- and there is plenty of wiggle room if you only need to read 1001 because there are almost 1400 books on the list!  :D


I definitely don't plan to read 1001 books from that list in my lifetime but I'll certainly use it as a guideline for the classics if I get stuck.. though Chaucer isn't on there? Really? But yeah. Mostly I like to make my own must read lists full of fantasy and paranormal and chick lit. Those don't tend to make the lists. :)

Yeah, no Chaucer, Shakespeare, Homer and no Beowulf translation either. I guess whoever came up with the list wasn't a fan of poetry!  ;)

*Sorry for hijacking this thread SYBIL. I too had never heard of Favid Foster Wallace, but I've had a look on goodreads at the blurb and some reviews for the book you mentioned, Infinite Jest, and it does look intriguing. :)

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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2013, 11:35:05 PM »
The '1001 books you must read before you die' list. :) This is my source, somebody else's tracker, not mine.. I've read maybe 17! This one combines a few different versions of the list from over the years.

I just took a look at that list and I've read

Pre 1900 - 17
1900-2000 - 19
2000+ - 0

There are a lot of books on that list that I just wouldn't be interested in reading and some of the selections were a bit bemusing as for pre 1900 authors it lists almost everything some of them have written (except the one book by them that I've read - typical! :P) but for post 1900 authors it seems to be limited to just one or two books per author. As lists go though, its not a bad one to aim for- and there is plenty of wiggle room if you only need to read 1001 because there are almost 1400 books on the list!  :D


I definitely don't plan to read 1001 books from that list in my lifetime but I'll certainly use it as a guideline for the classics if I get stuck.. though Chaucer isn't on there? Really? But yeah. Mostly I like to make my own must read lists full of fantasy and paranormal and chick lit. Those don't tend to make the lists. :)

Yeah, no Chaucer, Shakespeare, Homer and no Beowulf translation either. I guess whoever came up with the list wasn't a fan of poetry!  ;)

No Shakespeare, Odyssey or Beowulf?! (the latter two I'm hoping to read this year) Oyoyoy... BBC's Big Reads did it right. I half wish they'd do a more updated version of that list but with the popularity of Twilight and 50 Shades I'm also not sure I'm ready for that.

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*Sorry for hijacking this thread SYBIL. I too had never heard of Favid Foster Wallace, but I've had a look on goodreads at the blurb and some reviews for the book you mentioned, Infinite Jest, and it does look intriguing. :)

Oops, yeah, sorry! :D I'll go away now, or start my own thread. That sounds good.

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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2013, 01:55:31 AM »
I think I have read 91? Some odd omissions though and some odd inclusions. No Chaucer, Shakespeare? No poetry?
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Re: david foster wallace, anyone?
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2013, 12:53:18 AM »
I have tried twice now to read Infinite Jest, but each time I get about fifty pages in and just can't go on. The book and I just don't click. Still not giving up though, I will keep trying to read the thick bastard until one of us finally cracks.
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