The Pale King

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace 0316074233 9780316074230
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The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, IL, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. THE PALE KING remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallaces death, but it is a deeply intriguing and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions--questions of lifes meaning and of the ultimate value of work and family--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallaces unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for a writer who dared to take on the most daunting subjects the human spirit can imagine.

Author: David Foster Wallace

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 560

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: 2011-04-15

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