The Broom of the System

The Broom of the System

Book - 2004
Average Rating:
4
Rate this:
The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore's great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible.--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780143116936
9780142002421
0142002429
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALLACE 2004
Characteristics: 467 p. ; 20 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

l
lukasevansherman
Jun 06, 2016

I feel torn about David Foster Wallace. I don't think there's much disputing that he was the most brilliant writer of his generation (Franzen, Moody, Chabon, Sparks), but what does that mean? I struggled through his massive, definitive novel "Infinite Jest," respecting it without particularly liking it. I greatly prefer his essays, collected in "Consider the Lobster" and "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again." "The Broom of the System" is his first novel and it came out when he was only in his 20s. Set in the bland, yet quietly strange Midwest that he loved, it's more conventional and manageable (only 467 pages!) than "Infinite Jest," but it's hardly a page-turner and his formidable intelligence (and vocabulary) is evident. I'd also recommend the recent film about him, "The End of the Tour, in which Jason Segel does a surprisingly credible job of playing DFW. Aside from "Jest, he'd only write one more novel, the incomplete "The Pale King."

Marlowe Jan 09, 2016

David Foster Wallace shines in his first novel, demonstrating all the quirky characters, offbeat plotlines, and highly detailed systems, The Broom of the System is a novel of crisis, with the protagonist Lenore battling family, lovers, and pets. A great entry point for anyone looking to explore DFW. Though the ending may drive you mad.

s
stewstealth
Oct 29, 2014

First novel by DFW. Amusing and challenging. Worth reading if you are interested.

h
Huierre
Feb 17, 2013

I was curious about DFW, yet "Infinite Jest" just seemed WAY too long for an introduction. His debut novel, "Broom of The System", answered my questions. Great writing, interspersed with experimental, tedious, italics stream-of-consciousness that I found myself skipping through. He obviously knew a lot about psychoanalysis and philosophy. I get it, but think I'm done. Isn't brevity the soul of wit?

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at MCL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top