Wallace, David Foster

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness -- a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his. These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316919814
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALLACE
Characteristics: 329 p. ;,25 cm


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"As questing a philosopher as he is a canny storyteller, the author of Infinite Jest fashions complex tales rife with shrewd metaphysical inquiries, eviscerating social critiques, and twisted humor." -BookList

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The description is simply the dust jacket blurb. The story Oblivion is about the wife's repressed experience of childhood incest.

Dec 09, 2012
  • shiraz5 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Absolute crap. Absolute male self-absorbed sterile twaddle.

Jun 18, 2012
  • kkisrmsq211 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing compilation- Wallace is a true genius, so sad that he had to leave us. "Good Old Neon" is an unbelievable short story. Reminded me of the way Salinger wrote a bit- as if the writer's thoughts are so removed from this world that they are in an entirely different universe. Also- "The Soul is not a Smithy" was tremendous... The book jacket said it perfectly- he creates worlds as detailed and complete as if each story is a novel in itself. Brilliant.


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