by David Foster Wallace
In BriefA sprawling modern masterpiece that feels like several novels combined in one labyrinthine bundle of substance addiction, depression, child abuse, Quebec separatism, family relationships, film theory and tennis. A savage satire on consumerism and a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of sporting success, it is absurdly funny, hauntingly tragic and simply vital.
Why you should read itYou might just feel like a better person for reading this book, if only for the self-congratulation that comes from successfully negotiating a volume of 1,079 pages. But those pages still find a way of being concise; Infinite Jest doesn't span the full range of human emotions, but the ones that matter are handled with the love and care of a man at the peak of his powers.