I am on page 1076 of the book infinite jest (get infinite jest on amazon) by David Foster Wallace. It needs some time to be a friend with this book. I needed 3 months and about 500 pages to get a picture. In the beginning I had moments when I thought about storing infinite jest away - far away - unreachable, but I never did.
Now it is the most important book on my bedside locker...and beside the infinite jest (now 5 months) I get out of it, I already read about seven other books in parallel (so for example Great Expectations by Charles Dickens or - sorry not a novel, but a very good specialist book - Agile Requirements Engineering by Dean Leffingwell)
Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin called Wallace "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 year.
For readers in German: 15 years went by until Ulrich Blumenbach started with a translation. The translation work required six years, two fellowships and granted with the Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse. See as well the internet page about the German Version "Unendlicher Spass"