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FREE PDF Ã BOOK Infinite Jest Æ DAVID FOSTER WALLACE ☆ A gargantuan mind altering tragi comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy and featuring the most endearingly screwed up family to come along in recent fiction Infinite Jest explores essential uestions aComedy Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value It is an exuberant uniuely American exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can d I've been waiting panther like for the right combination of caffeine and personal gumption to strike to attack writing about this since it really is one of my favorite books ever ever and one of the most fascinating things I've ever read I've read this book twice and I could care less what people say about it because when I do care I tend to grit my teeth over the ridiculous comments reviews that tend to come up in discussing David Foster Wallace's work People like to levy the criticism that the book is sloppy or digressive Really? You think? An 1100 page book with 200 pages of small print footnotes might be a little digressive or indulgent or maddening? It might stray a wee bit into uncharted dark woods territory? JeezThere is in art what I like to call the crazy project Once you go to work on the Crazy Project CP for short you don't leave the Crazy Project You don't FINISH the crazy project You can when you are really involved in it I mean really involved scarcely even talk about it; you may not even realize you're involved in it The CP involves being given a hammer the only real tool of the artist a mouthful of nails and being sent over yonder hill and told to do AS MUCH DAMAGE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN with the hammer you have been given When working on the CP the creative force is one in the same as the destructive force and your hammer is a useful tool regardless of which way you are swinging itI think DFW is one of the most fascinating authors alive he's doing work with the English language in the tradition of Kathy Acker Bill Burroughs or James Joyce The marketplace demands novels and so people oblige but there is a difference between a novel and a BOOK and I would consider a book to be interesting if difficult and less composed and Infinite Jest is definitely a BOOK and shouldn't be treated as a novel in the same way say Life of Pi is a novel and I do think Life of Pi is terrific don't get me wrong But if you want immaculately written works of fiction by Wallace check out his short stories especially the ones in Girl w Curious Hair because these conform to what you would expect from traditional notions of reading fiction If you want a beautiful wildly ambitious insanely indulgent uncompromising mind bending skull violating MESS one that comprises an entire Victorian manor of the Crazy Project then Infinite Jest may well be worth your whileThe book is definitely a mess let's not mince words It is also obsessively compulsively mathematical in the way that DFW seems to enjoy; there is an order to the chaos and it did take reading it a second time to pull out some of the exuisitely crafted crystalline plot strands he was working at Linearity coherence of disparate plot elements is not what the book is interested in be warned But before I make the case of this being some academic project with no soul let me say that reading this I was genuinely surprised and moved by how deep real the characters in it become The characters in here are terribly tragic in a real Shakespearian sense the book's title is after all a reference to Hamlet and their tapestry in this book's pages is as intimate and heartrending as it is vast; this book is a language project but one that remains absolutely invested in the lives of the people involved in that projectThe book is about a lot of things American culture the nature of desire fathers and sons art addiction institutions drugs consciousness film the nature of narrative too much to go into More than anything I think the book is about addiction and how our desires are moderated and mediated by culture and how desire addiction are entwined and how Westerners approach these thingsInfinite Jest is wildly funny and like I mentioned above almost unexpectedly moving there is a kind of veneer between the reader and the characters; they are guarded and stoic people for the most part and getting to know them can be as frustrating as trying to get to know someone in your own life who is guarded and careful with their emotions But over the course of hundreds of pages you learn the inner workings of IJ's huge cast and their emotional motivations and subtleties begin to resonate with you in ways that dig so deep I think they're almost frighteningThis book is dense enough to say the least that I think you can get out of it whatever you are willing to put into it Isn't this true of most good art? But the depth here is incredible To say I'm biased and a bit blinded to criticisms about this book is hardly the point I think its a marvel I think its a mess I think it taught me what the difference is between a book a novel and why I think BOOKS are what the front line artists working on the Crazy Project are really hammering outupdateaddendum I wrote this when DFW was still alive It pains me to even go back and read this review one of the most fascinating authors alive I can reliably drop the last word of that now DFW's suicide still stings like no other artist for me I do know I'm not alone there a lot of people who admire his work feel it We were robbed it's selfish incredibly so but so is suicideObjectively I still think Girl With Curious Hair is probably the best place to start but I didn't start there I started here and it worked out okay Just know this is a glorious mess be patient with it the book wants to be your daddy but you have to be its daddy let it teach you as you guide it it it's a living thing this book all the precious now

Infinite JestComedy Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value It is an exuberant uniuely American exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can d I've been waiting panther like for the right combination of caffeine and personal gumption to strike to attack writing about this since it really is one of my favorite books ever ever and one of the most fascinating things I've ever read I've read this book twice and I could care less what people say about it because when I do care I tend to grit my teeth over the ridiculous comments reviews that tend to come up in discussing David Foster Wallace's work People like to levy the criticism that the book is sloppy or digressive Really? You think? An 1100 page book with 200 pages of small print footnotes might be a little digressive or indulgent or maddening? It might stray a wee bit into uncharted dark woods territory? JeezThere is in art what I like to call the crazy project Once you go to work on the Crazy Project CP for short you don't leave the Crazy Project You don't FINISH the crazy project You can when you are really involved in it I mean really involved scarcely even talk about it; you may not even realize you're involved in it The CP involves being given a hammer the only real tool of the artist a mouthful of nails and being sent over yonder hill and told to do AS MUCH DAMAGE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN with the hammer you have been given When working on the CP the creative force is one in the same as the destructive force and your hammer is a useful tool regardless of which way you are swinging itI think DFW is one of the most fascinating authors alive he's doing work with the English language in the tradition of Kathy Acker Bill Burroughs or James Joyce The marketplace demands novels and so people oblige but there is a difference between a novel and a BOOK and I would consider a book to be interesting if difficult and less composed and Infinite Jest is definitely a BOOK and shouldn't be treated as a novel in the same way say Life of Pi is a novel and I do think Life of Pi is terrific don't get me wrong But if you want immaculately written works of fiction by Wallace check out his short stories especially the ones in Girl w Curious Hair because these conform to what you would expect from traditional notions of reading fiction If you want a beautiful wildly ambitious insanely indulgent uncompromising mind bending skull violating MESS one that comprises an entire Victorian manor of the Crazy Project then Infinite Jest may well be worth your whileThe book is definitely a mess let's not mince words It is also obsessively compulsively mathematical in the way that DFW seems to enjoy; there is an order to the chaos and it did take reading it a second time to pull out some of the exuisitely crafted crystalline plot strands he was working at Linearity coherence of disparate plot elements is not what the book is interested in be warned But before I make the case of this being some academic project with no soul let me say that reading this I was genuinely surprised and moved by how deep real the characters in it become The characters in here are terribly tragic in a real Shakespearian sense the book's title is after all a reference to Hamlet and their tapestry in this book's pages is as intimate and heartrending as it is vast; this book is a language project but one that remains absolutely invested in the lives of the people involved in that projectThe book is about a lot of things American culture the nature of desire fathers and sons art addiction institutions drugs consciousness film the nature of narrative too much to go into More than anything I think the book is about addiction and how our desires are moderated and mediated by culture and how desire addiction are entwined and how Westerners approach these thingsInfinite Jest is wildly funny and like I mentioned above almost unexpectedly moving there is a kind of veneer between the reader and the characters; they are guarded and stoic people for the most part and getting to know them can be as frustrating as trying to get to know someone in your own life who is guarded and careful with their emotions But over the course of hundreds of pages you learn the inner workings of IJ's huge cast and their emotional motivations and subtleties begin to resonate with you in ways that dig so deep I think they're almost frighteningThis book is dense enough to say the least that I think you can get out of it whatever you are willing to put into it Isn't this true of most good art? But the depth here is incredible To say I'm biased and a bit blinded to criticisms about this book is hardly the point I think its a marvel I think its a mess I think it taught me what the difference is between a book a novel and why I think BOOKS are what the front line artists working on the Crazy Project are really hammering outupdateaddendum I wrote this when DFW was still alive It pains me to even go back and read this review one of the most fascinating authors alive I can reliably drop the last word of that now DFW's suicide still stings like no other artist for me I do know I'm not alone there a lot of people who admire his work feel it We were robbed it's selfish incredibly so but so is suicideObjectively I still think Girl With Curious Hair is probably the best place to start but I didn't start there I started here and it worked out okay Just know this is a glorious mess be patient with it the book wants to be your daddy but you have to be its daddy let it teach you as you guide it it it's a living thing this book all the precious now

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Infinite Jest è About what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are Eual parts philosophical uest and screwball Admittedly Infinite Jest is a tough book You start the book having no clue when it is happening and who the various characters are There is stuff that happens in the opening pages that explains events at the end of the book albeit over 1000 pages and hundreds of footnotes away I'd say it is uite elliptical That being said it is an amazing piece of literature I forced myself through the first 300 and then 400 pages and at about 500 pages I finally hit my stride and was able to follow through to 1071 yes this was the British printing not the American one I loved the characters and the high comedy that is here as well as all the wacky situations in the drug rehab centre and the tennis academy The president reminded me a lot of the current American regime I could almost see the Statue of Liberty carrying a Trump Tower logo across her forehead or maybe a Chick Fil A sign and the text was occasionally of incredible beauty and insightTake this passage from the MaratheSteeply dialog“Someone who had authority or should have had authority and did not exercise authority I do not know But someone sometime let you forget how to choose and whatSomeone let your peoples forget it was the only thing of importance choosing So completely forgetting that when I say choose to you you make expressions with your face such as “Herrrrrre we are going” Someone taught that temples are for fanatics only and took away the temples and promised there was no need for temples And now there is no shelter And no map for finding the shelter of a temple And you all stumble about in the dark this confusion of permissions”This is such a perceptive description of why Drumpf was elected A vast swath of Americans are driven by short attention soans knee jerk reactionism based on their inability to choose and their reliance of alternative facts President J Gentle is eerily similar to Drumpf the coming destruction of Standing Rock by the pipeline from which Drumpf himself oh sorry his son will profit how is that different from the Concavity? DFW's book can be read as much of a warning againsy Drumpf as Roth's The Plot Against America or Lewis' It Can't Happen Here And I digressAn important book for the 21st C And oh so relevantI talked for a few hours to fellow Goodreads reading addict Nocturnalux and tried to get her convinced that this should be on her reading list It remains for me a landmark work reuiring infinite patience to get the reveal of the infinite joke at the end READER ´ Infinite Jest ✓ David Foster Wallace

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David Foster Wallace ✓ Infinite Jest MOBI A gargantuan mind altering tragi comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy and featuring the most endearingly screwed up family to come along in recent fiction Infinite Jest explores essential uestions USHER Goodreads court is now in session the Honourable Judge Chandler presiding All riseJUDGE Mr Wise you appear before the court today on the charge of failing to adore Infinite Jest an act in gross and flagrant violation of basic Goodreads standards of decency How do you plead?WARWICK WellI mean presumably this kind of thing is all subjective opinion so—PROSECUTOR Let the record show that the defendant utterly fails to deny his foul sinWARWICK Hang on—JUDGE So noted If found guilty the maximum sentence I can hand down isDEATHGOODREADS MEMBERS from gallery Hooray Kill him Burn the hereticWARWICK Whoa wait a minute there don’t you have to assign me some kind of lawyer or something so I can defend myself? Like in Perry Mason?PROSECUTOR Your honour in view of the gravity of his crimes we believe the defendant should be compelled to represent himselfJUDGE I agree Do you have any evidence to present in your defence worm?WARWICK I’m glad you asked m’lud and thank you for showing such admirable neutrality VOICES FROM CROWD Get on with it scumWARWICK All right Well to be completely honest my heart began to sink from the very first page This was my first exposure to Wallace’s fiction so I was paying uite close attention to the opening paragraphs to try and soak up this style that so many people have fallen in love with Defence Exhibit A – the openingI am seated in an office surrounded by heads and bodies My posture is consciously congruent to the shape of my hard chair My fingers are mated into a mirrored series of what manifests to me as the letter XWARWICK I submit I was justified in feeling immediate concern that the prose is awkward unlovely and try hard with outbreaks of horrendous juvenile alliterationPROSECUTOR Objection The opening section is clearly narrated by a precocious child genius making the tone entirely appropriateJUDGE SustainedWARWICK That’s true And I was definitely willing to go along with that The problem is that as the book goes on you start to realise that basically all his narrators sound pretty much the same – they’re all variants on the same depressive overeducated outsider speaking in these jagged straining uncomfortable sentences On the few occasions when he attempts social dialects beyond his own – including a few passages of extremely ill advised collouial Ebonics – it sounds like a grotesue parody than any serious attempt at a socially inclusive writing style Besides is it really an excuse for a writer to say ‘My characters all happen to talk like malfunctioning robots so you’re just going to have to put up with it’?PROSECUTOR ‘Overeducated’? Really? That may apply to the Incandenza family but it’s hardly something you could accuse the residents of Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center of Isn’t it in fact the case that Wallace’s daring new amalgam of contemporary patois and technical jargon simply went over your head?WARWICK Objection Beyond the scopeJUDGE How is that beyond the scope?WARWICK I don’t know it’s just one of those things they always say on The Good WifeJUDGE Overruled Answer the uestionWARWICK All right I don’t think it’s going over my head no The writing style is certainly innovative but mainly in the sense that he sounds stilted and infelicitous in ways that no one has come up with before His pile ups of noun phrases are particularly awkward the nouns’ plurals’ genitives’ apostrophes so aggressively correct that they actually manage to look wrong I hate the sloppy attempt in general to use exaggerated collouialisms as a deliberate style – this habit he has of rambling vaguely around a topic for several paragraphs in the hope that one of his phrases will hit home I like writers who craft and refine their thoughts before typing them out not during Overall I just felt there was a horrible uncertainty of tone the narrative voice channel hopping compulsively from slangy to highly mannered to jargonistic often within the same sentence It doesn’t cohere but to the point it doesn’t feel like DFW is in any controlPROSECUTOR Does it not occur to you that this might be done for deliberate effect? Or were you perhaps just put off by all the long words? laughter from the juryWARWICK WellI’m reasonably sure it’s not that I love complicated books with gigantic exuberant vocabularies It’s just that here because of the general sense of bloated free fall it all just seems so purposeless so gratuitous To me he comes across less as an artist with a fat vocabulary than a hack with a fat thesaurus Woman in gallery faintsMAN IN GALLERY You monsterWARWICK Defence Exhibit B m’lud – a description of a character’s smile which is said to be ‘empty of all affect’as if someone had contracted her circumorals with a thigmotactic electrodePROSECUTOR Of course one of those smiles I can picture it perfectlyWARWICK You bloody can’t It’s complete bollocks ‘Circumoral’ isn’t even a noun is it? And a lot of the time this kind of thing is stretched into full paragraphs – have a look at this single sentence Exhibit C which is in no way unrepresentativeAnd as InterLace’s eventual outright purchase of the Networks’ production talent and facilities of two major home computer conglomerates of the cutting edge Foxx 2100 CD ROM licenses of Aapps Inc of RCA’s DSS orbiters and hardware patents and of the digital compatible patents to the still needing to come down in price a little technology of HDTV’s visually enhanced color monitor with microprocessed circuitry and 2√area lines of optical resolution – as these acuisitions allowed Noreen Lace Forché’s cartridge dissemination network to achieve vertical integration and economies of scale viewers’ pulse reception and cartridge fees went down markedly; and then the further increased revenues from conseuent increases in order and rental volume were plowed presciently back into fiber optic InterGrid cable laying into outright purchase of three of the five Baby Bells InterNet’d started with into extremely attractive rebate offers on special new InterLace designed RISC grade High Def screen PCs with mimetic resolution cartridge view motherboards recognizably renamed by Veals’s boys in Recognition ‘Teleputers’ or ‘TPs’ into fiber only modems and of course into exrtemely high uality entertainments that viewers would freely desire to choose even WARWICK This passage also contains three endnotes which I will not go into for the sake of all our sanity And don’t even get me started on Wallace’s Latin which he persistently misunderstands One footnote reads ‘v note 304 sub’ which is borderline illiterate – ‘v’ is used after the thing you want to reference and ‘sub’ is a preposition not an adverb What he apparently means is ‘Cf note 304 infra’ I couldn’t normally care less about this sort of thing except that in this book it coexists with a laboured subplot about militant ‘prescriptive grammarians’ for whom DFW clearly has much misguided sympathyPROSECUTOR Your honour surely it’s now clear that the defendant is trying to build a case based on trivial inconseuentialities of personal styleWARWICK I know it seems like nit picking but the thing is these little mis steps here and there all contribute to a general sense that you are not in safe hands It’s like his proliferation of initialisms – why are ETA and AFR and USA written with dots but MDMA and WETA and AA without them? There’s no answer except general inconsistency which fans will no doubt tell me is intentional but which is no less annoying for that The same goes for Wallace’s pseudo encyclopaedic knowledge base Hal Incandenza is supposed to be an etymology expert who grew up memorising the OED But every time we see this put into practice it’s hopelessly wrong Eg “There are by the OED VI’s count nineteen nonarchaic synonyms for unresponsive” – which makes no sense because OED 3 won’t be completed for another 25 years or so so there’s no chance of getting to “VI” by the near future of the novel’s setting; and anyway the OED doesn’t even list synonyms because it’s a dictionary not a thesaurus He traces the word anonymous back to Greek but the Greek is horribly misspelled; he traces acceptance back to “14th century langue d’oc French” but this phrase is both oxymoronic and flat out wrong Where is the research here? All through the book there is a profound feeling that David Foster Wallace did not really understand the things he was looking up in order to seem cleverPROSECUTOR Need we remind you that this is a work of fiction and not an academic thesis?WARWICK Again it’s about confidence in your author Mine uickly evaporated I’m concentrating on language stuff only because it’s an area where I have an admittedly very dilettantish but somewhat active interest People who know about these things than me tell me his maths is eually dodgy Now contrast all this with a writer like Nabokov or Pynchon to whom Wallace is sometimes cavalierly compared When I read Pynchon I can spend hours chasing up throwaway references to some obscure language some astronomical phenomenon a paragraph of Argentine politics or an obsolete scientific theory – it’s part of the fun of these big encyclopedic books that you can research all the related knowledge that lies just outside the margins The references hold up and they enrich the reading experience When I try and do the same thing with DFW I always seem to come away with the conviction that he doesn’t really know what he’s talking aboutPROSECUTOR with heavy sarcasm How unfortunate that so many people overlooked this and mistakenly found his writing moving and powerfulWARWICK Oh come on don’t be like that I am delighted that some people love his style it’s just not for me I totally admit that this is personal preference I personally like writers who craft beautiful sentences In my opinion Wallace is just not very good at the level of the sentence or even of the paragraph But he can be great over longer distances – at the level of the chapter or long passage There are several extended seuences of Infinite Jest that have a kind of cumulative power and excitement to them that I admired very much indeed They were just padded out with far too many passages of inexcusable tediumVOICES FROM CROWD Boo Hanging’s too good for himJUDGE banging gavel Order Order to the prosecution Cross examination?PROSECUTOR Extremely cross your honourJUDGE No I mean do you want to cross examine the witnessPROSECUTOR Oh Yes Or rather – consulting papers prosecution chooses to call a new witness your honour – the defendant’s wifeWARWICK What? You can’t— Enter HANNAH looking emotionalPROSECUTOR You are the defendant’s wife are you not?HANNAH biting lip I amPROSECUTOR And isn’t it the case ma’am that on than one occasion over the past few weeks you witnessed the defendant audibly chuckling over what he was reading?HANNAH II might have donePROSECUTOR Moreover on several occasions did you not see him underlining passages he thought particularly admirable?HANNAH fighting back emotion Iyes Yes I didPROSECUTOR And is it not true that those passages included but were not limited to the description of Poor Tony Krause having a seizure; the fight outside Ennet House; and Don Gately’s fever dream seuences?HANNAH bursting into tears It’s true He said one of them was thethe best thing he’d read all year He recited bits of it out to me in bed and everythingPROSECUTOR And can you see the man who said these things anywhere in this courtroom?HANNAH pointing at defendant There That’s him That’s the man GaarghPROSECUTOR No further uestions your honour HANNAH is led out in tearsWARWICK I – what? This is ridiculous ObjectionJUDGE What is the nature of your objection?WARWICK The nature of it? Umwhat’s that one about badgers again? PauseJUDGE Badgering the witness?WARWICK That’s it He was badgering her She just got totally badgeredJUDGE OverruledWARWICK Look this is an eleven hundred page book If a monkey throws a thousand darts at a dartboard he’s going to score a couple of bullseyes He’s also probably going to hit you in the eye a few times And in the context of this metaphor a monkey inflicted dart wound to the face can be taken as the euivalent of say an unforgivably tedious description of a geopolitical tennis gamePROSECUTOR The point remains however that you found yourself moved by parts of this book didn’t you? Affected by the characters’ story?WARWICK Sure Some characters worked better than others I thought Don Gately in particular was a wonderful creation and I only wish he’d been in a tighter and better controlled novelPROSECUTOR You were moved gripped excited – even aroused at timesWARWICK Well I wouldn’t go that farPROSECUTOR Oh really? Isn’t it the case that on one occasion last week you found your mind in an idle moment of alone time returning to a certain cheerleader based episode of mass knickerlessness?WARWICK leaping out of seat Ob jection your honour Surely this line of uestioning can’t be appropriateJUDGE Ohgo on then sustained I really don’t want to hear about it Sighs of relief from public galleryWARWICK Although thinking about it the uery does serve to highlight a certain strain of misogyny that bothered me about the book – where the narrator gives Avril Incandenza extra value by repeatedly telling us that she is particularly gorgeous ‘for a woman her age’ while the nearest thing we have to a female lead is known as ‘PGOAT’ – sorry ‘PGOAT’ – the ‘Prettiest Girl Of All Time’ – and is also defined by her physical attractiveness or the possible marring thereofPROSECUTOR rolling his eyes at jury Oh that’s right play the sexism card now And I suppose you were eually unmoved by the gripping descriptions of social deprivation – an insight into a world that doubtless a middle class bourgeois reader like you couldn’t hope to evaluate?WARWICK First of all you should probably be careful what you assume about my background Second of all yes some of it worked really well But again there is a lack of authorial control A lot of the violence and stories of drugged out atrocities start off being genuinely disturbing but end up going so far that they take on a Grand Guignol aspect and become too ludicrous to take seriously When one woman at an addiction meeting mentions her father’s late night visits to the bedroom of her severely disabled sister it’s very creepy and upsetting But Wallace can’t stop himself going on to give us three full unnecessary pages of detailed “incestuous diddling” his phrase which turns the whole thing from disturbing into cartoonish and sillyPROSECUTOR So there’s something ‘silly’ about sexual abuse is there?WARWICK I’ll ignore that Look I agree that there were parts of this book that I enjoyed very much of course there were But I would draw your attention to the fact that during these moments of narrative brilliance the footnotes and speech tics and other po mo devices suddenly dry up he doesn’t need them This leads me to conclude that they really serve no purpose except to distract from the turgid flabbiness of other sections of the novel Whose plot by the way goes absolutely nowhere – nothing is resolved and no uestions are answeredPROSECUTOR Again we would argue that this is deliberate your honour – forcing the reader back to the text so that the book itself becomes an ‘infinite’ form of Entertainment like the one it describesWARWICK Oh come on This argument stretches ‘generosity to the author’ beyond the bounds of credibilityPROSECUTOR And yet somehow reviewers who are actually paid to review books – unlike you – have described this novel as ‘profound’ and ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘brilliant and witty’ – refer to prosecution exhibits A through WWARWICK Let’s not forget the London Review of Books review Defence Exhibit D – and I uoteIt is in a word terrible I would in fact go so far as to say that Infinite Jest is one of the very few novels for which the phrase ‘not worth the paper it’s written on’ has real meaning in at least an ecological sense Shouts of anger from public galleryJUDGE You disgust me Are we ready for sentencing?WARWICK Wait Wait I have one witness to callJUDGE Very well Who?WARWICK I call dramatic pause David Foster Wallace For reasons of space the trial concludes here