By William C. Dowling, Robert H. Bell
A Reader’s better half to endless Jest is a consultant for readers who've heard concerning the literary genius of David Foster Wallace’s large and sprawling novel yet were eliminate by way of its size and narrative complexity. Composed by way of exotic literary students, the better half is designed either for basic readers and for college kids taking classes on postmodern fiction. in addition to an unique evaluate of narrative constitution, the better half features a synopsis of plot, a compendium of significant characters, a listing of youngster characters and genuine humans, a brief dictionary of slang and idioms, and a piece directory and explaining limitless Jest’s acronyms.
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