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2009-11-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
If you have read only 25% of the book, how can you comment on its plot or development? How do you know what becomes significant later and why the long development makes the last 25% exquisite?
Having said that, I concur that the first 200 to 250 pages are perplexing because he doesn't explain the history of the situation or definitions of words about the history ("concavity" for example). You enter the story without context or chronology signals. I've advised people to push past that point. I nearly gave up then too.
I used to read 2 to 3 novels a week. For years. After Infinite Jest, I basically stopped reading fiction. Great writing and writers exist, but after Infinite Jest I lost motivation because it felt like the pinnacle. (A 2nd second reading a few years later was also satisfying).
As for wordiness: I wrote words I did not understand on my bookmarks (you need two for this book), so I could look them up. I liked the challenge. Whenever I consider that this story, with its complex interweavings and sublime ending, came from one mind, it is like looking at the sun. It's overwhelming and I cannot wrap my head around it. It humbles me.
I'm sorry you did not like it. It would have been excellent to have shared that common with you.
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