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    Infinite Jest revisited

    I must one of the few that has finished this thousand pages tome. I was in the USA at the time, remembered the recomendation made by Time as one of the best books of '96 (they did it again: it's been shortlisted as one of the All-Time 100 novels), and I guess I picked it up one summer, and read it. It was pre-blog times, so my memory is kinda fuzzy, but I sort of remember I enjoyed it.
    It was literature just for the hell of it; it had two history arcs, and both were funny in its own way, quite ironic, and laden with footnotes that spanned, sometimes, quite a few pages.
    Time is celebrating now its ten anniversary, and it still thinks it was a good choice:
    Those 1,079 discursive, hilarious, occasionally infuriating pages stand as the output of a writer's compulsion to communicate, although they can be addictive for readers as well. It's as if Wallace were saying, Listen: it would take a thousand pages to tell you what I mean, to fill the infinite void between you and me--and even then, it wouldn't be enough.

    In fact, it was a novel about addictions, they were the theme that linked all characters; addiction to pot, to beauty, to alcohol... and how you overcome them.
    And one of the things I'm addicted to is to put reviews upside down, and look at those that gave thumbs-down to this book. I kind of agree with them too.. but, still, you have to read it.

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