"The book is 1,079 pages long and there is not one lazy sentence. The book is drum-tight and relentlessly smart, and though it does not wear its heart on its sleeve, it's deeply felt and incredibly moving. That it was written in three years by a writer under thirty-five is very painful to think about. So let's not think about that. The point is that it's for all these reasons--acclaimed, daunting, not-lazy, drum-tight, very funny (we didn't mention that yet but yes)--that you picked up this book. Now the question is this: Will you read it?"
--Dave Eggars, in an essay about why you should read Infinite Jest. The essay later became a foreword, one of several.
This paragraph right here is a better review of the book than any I've read and of course better than I could ever sum up because this book defies reviews, summaries, explanations, etc.
(what is up with Booklikes' quote scripts??)