Tuesday, November 27, 2012

10 of the Most Gloriously Frustrating Endings in Literature

by . Posted on Flavorpill -  Saturday Nov 24, 2012

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Apart from the consistently brilliant prose, the bewildering array of characters and Wallace’s singular sense of humor, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Infinite Jest is that it’s a 1,000+ page novel wherein the most important events to the narrative never actually get narrated. We can understand why readers might feel cheated after slogging through all those pages, plus the innumerable footnotes, only to be confronted with “…and the tide was way out” rather than any sort of resolution — if anything, though, it made us want to return to the start of the book and start reading again.

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