Infinite Summer

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 Post subject: elegant complexity
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:00 pm 
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Is anyone else playing around with the Greg Carlisle book Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest? I just got my copy in, and at first glance it looks to be pretty good about discussing the novel chapter by chapter without being spoilerish. Looks like it might help me out with more of the big-picture/thematic stuff, which I've never been so great at intuiting; I tend to get caught up in the smaller details and literary muscle flexing.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:27 am 
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I read it on my first read and it helped with the themes and to keep a perspective. On my second read, I refer back to it also. I think it's a great guide and I recommend it. I wouldn't get overly concerned if you start getting so into the book that you stop reading the guide here and there as I did. It seems like you can reference the guide when you want to.

Also, the guide isn't going to explain everything and tell you what to think. It's more technical in that it deals with overall themes, chronology, characters, etc. I like that aspect of it.

The author of that guide has a few posts out here too so I gather he is along for the ride this summer.


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 Post subject: Re: elegant complexity
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:27 am 
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The author of that guide has a few posts out here too so I gather he is along for the ride this summer.


Yeah, I missed that until you mentioned it!

I like how the book organizes IJ into 'chapters' organized around specific themes; in my previous readings I never went as far as tying seemingly arbitrary shiftings of parallel story together that way. I'm usually a more casual reader than this; it is certainly the closest I've ever analyzed a work, and between the novel and the different sources of analysis around here, it looks like I'll learn quite a bit about closer and more rewarding reading.


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