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Will anyone join me in mourning the late, great David Foster Wallace?

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OMaLittle Mon 15-Sep-08 17:36:23

Just found out he committed suicide on Friday. I will be eternally grateful for him for Infinite Jest, and am terribly sad to think I'll never now read his next great novel. Don't particularly expect any response but I wanted it to be out there what a tragedy I think this is.


Sputnik Mon 15-Sep-08 17:58:21

Oh that's sad. I've read 1 of his books, the Hideous Men one, and have had Infinte Jest in my Amazon basket for ages.

MegBusset Mon 15-Sep-08 20:06:06

I only just heard the news. Really sad for him and his family. Infinite Jest is an amazing book.

OMaLittle Mon 15-Sep-08 20:51:43

Sputnik - read it, read it, read it! I took about a month blush over the first chapter and from then on was utterly enthralled. You know when a book is like a secret lover (I imagine... I've never had the latter) and you can't wait to get back to it. It is an absolutely extraordinary feat of intellect and a captivating and hysterically funny experience to boot. If it's any endorsement, the minute I finished it I went on Amazon and bought four extra copies so I could press it fervently into the hands of any visitors who showed the slightest interest.

Bluestocking Mon 15-Sep-08 20:55:20

I had no idea, how awful. I loved Infinite Jest - it has the best description imaginable of how it feels to be depressed - I suppose poor DFW knew only too well what it's like to stare into that abyss.

NotQuiteCockney Tue 16-Sep-08 17:51:55

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

I can't believe this.

Infinite Jest is one of my favourite novels ever.

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