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The Pale King

David Foster Wallace

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 Wallace's 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 life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's 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.

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 Wallace's 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 life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 Wallace's 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 life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Petkoff

Length:

19h 19m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

11:32


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

49:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

31:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

43:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

41:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:12:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:37:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:03:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

31:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

27:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

31:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:26:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

16:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

20:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

17:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:30