'Consider the Lobster : And Other Essays'
By: David Foster Wallace
(Hardcover / 352 Pages / Little, Brown & Company / ISBN: 0316156116 / $25.95)
Description: Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humor? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in his new book of hilarious nonfiction.
Verdict: Not going into this book with too much fore-knowledge or information - the exact same way I like to see my movies - I more or less fell in love with Foster Wallace's writing accidentally! But, my oh my, I am totally pleased with this collection of essays. Foster Wallce seems to have found his working wonderment, as he writes so masterfully, and with such a compassionate flavor to his prose. I was finishing the article on Authority and American Usage this afternoon and I realized for a second as I caught my breath in between his platinum clauses, how thoroughly engaging his writing style is. But its the compassion that's most noticable for me. In 'Lobster' he comes off both smart and sensitive and while naturally digressive, the footnotes are almost 90% of the time entertaining ... and I laughed me ass off quite a bit!! This book, 'Consider The Lobster' is HIGHLY recommended.
Reviewed by Jade Brown