Infinite Jest: Why spending a boatload of time on this difficult, frustrating book is worth it

A long standing favorite book of mine is David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I often hesitate to recommend it to people because it is long (1,079 pages!) and difficult (I started and stopped reading it five times before I built up enough momentum to finish it). But I’ve decided that it’s too good a book to not share it with all of you faithful library blog readers out there.

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Dystopian Genre?

I was recently talking to a group of teenagers and asked them how many of them liked The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Almost everyone raised their hands, but when I asked the same group if they knew what the dystopian genre was, only one knew what I was talking about.  I really wasn’t surprised by this. Readers, young and old, have fallen in love with the hit series The Hunger Games, and are looking for more books that fall into this genre. They just don’t know where to look.

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