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Cover of book titled Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Greg Carlisle

Elegant Complexity is the first critical work to provide detailed and thorough commentary on each of the 192 sections of David Foster Wallace's novel, Infinite Jest. A chronology at the end of the study reorders each section of the novel into a sequential timeline that could be used to support a chronological reading of the novel. Other helpful reference materials include a thematic outline, additional chronologies, a map of one the novel's settings, lists of characters grouped by association, and an indexed list of references. The researcher looking for specific characters or themes is provided a key at the beginning of each commentary. Carlisle explains the novel's complex plot threads (and discrepancies) with expert insight and clear commentary. The book is 99% spoiler-free for first-time readers of Infinite Jest.

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