Infinite Jest

Author: David Foster Wallace
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316306058
Size: 18.17 MB
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This deluxe paperback edition--featuring flaps, new cover art, and a new foreword by Tom Bissell--celebrates the 20th anniversary of the original publication of Infinite Jest. A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

Bibliophile

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Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 145216827X
Size: 78.63 MB
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Perfect gift for book lovers, writers and your book club Book lovers rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers of Jane Mount's Bibliophile will delight in: Touring the world's most beautiful bookstores Testing their knowledge of the written word with quizzes Finding their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books Sampling the most famous fictional meals Peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations: Bibliophile is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers. If you have read or own: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life; The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization; or How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines; then you will want to read and own Jane Mount's Bibliophile.

Existentialist Engagement In Wallace Eggers And Foer

Author: Allard den Dulk
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1628923334
Size: 64.14 MB
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The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American literature. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Den Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus.

Famous Last Lines

Author: Daniel Grogan
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
ISBN: 1604338202
Size: 35.66 MB
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Famous Last Lines features the final sentences from 300 works of literature, from Don Quixote to The Girl on the Train. The closing words of any text carry a lot of weight. Famous Last Lines unpacks more than 300 notable final lines, from classical epics to contemporary short stories. Spanning centuries of writing, each entry, whether for Don Quixote or The Girl on the Train, provides context for these notable last lines, making clear what makes them so memorable and lasting. Famous Last Lines provides readers with a comprehensive collection of brilliant conclusions.

Jonathan Franzen At The End Of Postmodernism

Author: Stephen J. Burn
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441191240
Size: 73.85 MB
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Jonathan Franzen is one of the most influential, critically-significant and popular contemporary American novelists. This book is the first full-length study of his work and attempts to articulate where American fiction is headed after postmodernism. Stephen Burn provides a comprehensive analysis of each of Franzen's novels - from his early work to the major success of The Corrections - identifying key sources, delineating important narrative strategies, and revealing how Franzen's themes are reinforced by each novel's structure. Supplementing this analysis with comparisons to key contemporaries, David Foster Wallace and Richard Powers, Burn suggests how Franzen's work is indicative of the direction of experimental American fiction in the wake of the so-called end of postmodernism.

New York

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Biggest Book Of Games For One Ever

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Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781844425372
Size: 20.66 MB
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Here is a great collection of games that you can play on your own. That's right - there's no need to drag unwilling family members along to help you so you can play at any time you fancy. The games include over 100 variations of patience and solitaire, as well as matchstick puzzles, coin games, chess problems, word, number and logic puzzles and a host of trivia quiz questions. There are some games that will take you only a few minutes and others that can last for a satisfyingly long time. This book contains everything you need to experience many hours of gaming pleasure.

The Biggest Book Of Games For One Ever

Author: Robert Allen
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
ISBN: 9780764132735
Size: 12.59 MB
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A pack of playing cards usually suggests friends gathered around a card table. But what can you do when you have a deck of cards, a wish to play, and nobody to play with? Author Robert Allen has the answer in this unusual book that presents rules and variations for 100 different fascinating and challenging solitaire card games—but there's still more! You'll also find approximately 400 coin games, matchstick puzzles, logic puzzles, crosswords, and memory games. The solitaire games include Roll-Call, Pyramid, Canfield, Grandfather Clock, and Flower Garden, to name just a few. Some games—both solitaire and non-card games—take only a few minutes to play, while others can go on for much longer. Each game is described with detailed diagrams, easy-to-follow rules, and the game's object clearly defined. Here's a book to help readers make an hour or two of solitude pass rapidly and entertainingly!