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Oblivion

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Wallace, David Foster (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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").
Authors: Wallace, David Foster
Title: Oblivion
stories
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 329 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Foster Wallace
Contents: Mister Squishy
The soul is not a smithy
Incarnations of burned children
Another pioneer
Good old neon
Philosophy and the mirror of nature
Oblivion
The suffering channel
Summary: 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").
ISBN: 9780316919814
0316919810
0316010766
9780316010764
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALLACE
Genre/Form: Short stories, American
LCCN: 2003027135
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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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