Oblivion

Oblivion

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Book - 2004
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In the stories that make up Oblivion , David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").
Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2004.
ISBN: 9780316919814
0316919810
Branch Call Number: WALLA
Characteristics: 329 p.

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ellenwright
May 27, 2014

The description is simply the dust jacket blurb. The story Oblivion is about the wife's repressed experience of childhood incest.

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shiraz5
Dec 09, 2012

Absolute crap. Absolute male self-absorbed sterile twaddle.

kkisrmsq211 Jun 18, 2012

An amazing compilation- Wallace is a true genius, so sad that he had to leave us. "Good Old Neon" is an unbelievable short story. Reminded me of the way Salinger wrote a bit- as if the writer's thoughts are so removed from this world that they are in an entirely different universe. Also- "The Soul is not a Smithy" was tremendous... The book jacket said it perfectly- he creates worlds as detailed and complete as if each story is a novel in itself. Brilliant.

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