The Pale King

The Pale King

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Partially written before his death, author David Foster Wallace presents a fictitious version of himself as the protagonist in his final novel. When Wallace arrives for training at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, everything appears normal. However, as Wallace quickly learns, normal just isn't the case. From the bizarre boredom-survival training to the wild personalities among his co-workers, Wallace is convinced the IRS is determined to dehumanize and humiliate him.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, 2011.
ISBN: 9781609419752
Branch Call Number: CD FIC/WALLACE
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (19 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Petkoff, Robert


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Marlowe Jan 08, 2016

David Foster Wallace weaves a complex, dry yet witty, expansive and yet focused epic tale of the United States Internal Revenue Service. Through the eyes of a newbie, the quirks and insanities of the IRS are revealed through various voices and stories, taxonomies and regulations, histories and current conspiracies. Reader beware, patience and a sense of humor and irony are necessary. A unique but marvellous read.


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