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 Post subject: plot in temporal order?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:06 am 
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Does there exist somewhere a description of the major plot points of Hal, Gately, et al, in a temporal order? Spoiler-filled, natch. It seems like all of us on here are trying to keep everything straight, and while I have absolutely no objections to that, I would love some sort of thing where I can confirm the order of certain plot points without flipping around an 1100-page text.


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 Post subject: Re: plot in temporal order?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:10 am 
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In my book Elegant Complexity, there is a Chronology section in the back where I rearrange each section of the novel into a more-or-less temporal order. There are also partial chronologies for Gately, Joelle, and the events of November YDAU.


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 Post subject: Re: plot in temporal order?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:53 am 
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And Stephen Burn has a chronology of events of the novel in his guide, too. My chronology is more of a timeline that allows you to orient yourself section by section.


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 Post subject: Re: plot in temporal order?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:38 am 
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Found this a while back. It doesn't tell how to order the chapters, but I think it's interesting.

http://levingar.com/a-timeline-for-infinite-jest/


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:00 pm 
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As long as you remember that everything links up eventually, don't worry too much about time.


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 Post subject: Re: plot in temporal order?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:35 am 
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gregcarlisle wrote:
In my book Elegant Complexity, there is a Chronology section in the back where I rearrange each section of the novel into a more-or-less temporal order. There are also partial chronologies for Gately, Joelle, and the events of November YDAU.


I used Elegant Complexity on my first and second read and Greg did a lot of the work that so many are thinking about doing related to themes, chronology, ETA illustrations, character relations, etc.

My suggestion: If you are thinking about getting the book, just get it. It's $25 and it has some cool stuff in it that I think you will enjoy.


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