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There's been a virtual book club going this summer appropriately named Infinite Summer as it focuses on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. I picked up a copy back in July, but I'm just now getting started on it. The book is almost 1000 pages long, plus 100 pages of footnotes, some of which have footnotes themselves. There are paragraphs that are pages long. Turning a page to find a gigantic wall of text on the other side is pretty intimidating. That and thus far there doesn't seem to be any discernible plot. I'm beginning to wonder what I've gotten myself into.

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How far into it are you? And what do you think so far? It sounds intriguing, but maybe not something I would pick up to read during the school year. I'll have to make note of it for next summer.

I'm about 150 pages in. So far it's...clever, but not much else. Lots of scenes and characters that seem to have no connection, and don't seem to be doing much of anything. Apparently it takes until about page 300 before the novel really has any direction. This is supposedly a love it or hate it book. It's a "masterpiece", but a lot of people seem to find it pretentious. Not sure yet which side I'll come down on.

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