The Sunday Salon: Infinite Jest is DONE!

by Kim on August 30, 2009 · 23 comments

The Sunday Salon.comI finished Infinite Jest this morning, all 981 pages plus all 98 pages of footnotes.

I’m not sure how I feel. Excited. Tired. Accomplished. Confused.

As soon as I got to the last page, I turned to the beginning and read the entire first section (17 pages) over again because those scenes are actually set after the end of the book. I’m still not sure how the plot gets from the end of the book (page 981) to the end of the story (the first 17 pages), but I’ll figure it out.

But I’m not going to figure it out today. I’ll save reading forums and essays and critical analysis of Infinite Jest for another today. For now, I’m taking a break from giant, hard-to-read books and settling into something a little less draining. Her Fearful Symmetry or The Geography of Bliss or In Defense of Food, perhaps.

Oh yeah, and I’m going to order my victory t-shirt. Yay!

How do you feel after you finish an especially challenging book? What sort of book do you go for next, or do you take a break from reading altogether?

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