Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review: The Broom Of The System by David Foster Wallace

 The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the bestselling author of Infinite Jest, available for the first time as an audiobook.

At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland-the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau (and boss), editor-in-chief Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous. And her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psychobabble, Auden, and the King James Bible, which may propel him to stardom on a Christian fundamentalist television program.

Fiercely intelligent and entertaining, this debut novel from one of the most innovative writers of our generation explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality. description taken from here.

The Broom Of The System is a bunch of small stories within one story.  It doesn't have much of a plot, which makes it boring to me.  It's deeply written, yet not my type of book.  Sex and drugs are in it, but don't take over the book, much like Augusten Burroughs' books.  Overall, I can't say too much about this book.  I didn't care for it, and really couldn't finish reading it, it bored me so badly.

**I did not get paid for this post.  All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.  I recieved a free audio book in order to procure a real and honest review. **

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