The Broom of the System (Paperback)

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I was astonished by this book. Between the story of the main character trying to find Lenore (both her grandmother and herself), her parrot who repeats scripture, her brother who refers to himself as the antichrist, and the sessions with “about the worst psychologist of all time”, this book is nonstop fun. This book is witty, as well as absurd. I laughed out loud, and was alternately moved to introspection. I learned so much while reading because I constantly found myself lacking a good enough understanding to completely enjoy what Foster Wallace was delving into. I cannot wait to read this again to see what new experiences it has in store.



Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore's great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

About the Author

David Foster Wallace is the award-winning author of several short story and essay collections as well as two novels. Most recently, he is the author of the biography Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity.

Praise For…

"Daring, hilarious... a zany picaresque adventure of contemporary America run amok." —The New York Times

"Wonderful... a cathartic experience with lots of laughs and lots of deeper meanings." —The Washington Post Book World

Product Details
ISBN: 9780142002421
ISBN-10: 0142002429
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 25th, 2004
Pages: 480
Language: English
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