The Pale King

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace 0316074225 9780316074223
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The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, 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 compelling 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 value of work and society---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 one of the most daring writers of our time.

Author: David Foster Wallace

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 592

Publisher: Back Bay Books

Publication Date: 2012-04-10

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