The Pale King

The Pale King David Foster Wallace 2011
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20 15 5 7.5/10 PAPERBACK FICTION English 560 Little, Brown and Company 0316074233 9780316074230

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.

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Critic Reviews

The Observer Michael Sayeau

What Pietsch has produced is a stunning if clearly incomplete novel, as thematically daring as anything that Foster Wallace attempted.

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The A.V. Club Zack Handlen

Wallace wrestles with boredom in the modern world, the way patient attention and commitment to detail is simultaneously impossible to live without and mind-rackingly tedious.

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