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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Top Ten Most Unusual Books I've Read - Top Ten Tuesday (April 11, 2017)
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
April 11: Top Ten Most Unusual Books I’ve Read
First, I apologize to the hosts at The Broke and the Bookish for changing the name of this topic. I tried to let “most unique” slide – but I just couldn’t.
“Unique” should NEVER have a qualifier. Nothing is: more unique, most unique, slightly unique, very unique, etc. Something is either unique or it is not.
Sorry, it’s me – it isn’t you. In the literal sense, every book is unique. So, I’m listing the Ten Most Unusual Books I’ve read – with #1 being the most unusual.
Beloved – took a theme that has been told before, the horrors and injustice of slavery, and told it in a very unusual way.
Invisible Man – I’m sure there are others, but this is the only book I’ve read where the main character is never named. He is – the invisible man.
A Clockwork Orange – If only for the challenging dialogue, the argot, of the main characters used throughout the novel.
Slaughterhouse Five – a mixture of Sci-Fi, magical realism, and historical war fiction.
One Hundred Years of Solitude – All I can think of to say is it is unusual.
The Call of the Wild – written from the point of view of an animal.
The Trial – This is so bizarre, there is a fair amount of disagreement as to the meaning. Personally, I think it is an allegory.
Ulysses – I don’t give much love to this novel that many call “The Greatest Novel” of all time. I didn’t enjoy it. I don’t think I ever will, probably, mostly because James Joyce is WAAAY over my head. But it is certainly complex, brilliant, and indeed unusual.
Pale Fire – The winner of the MOST unusual novel I’ve read. I thought it was a mistake when I began. I thought it was not a novel at all, but a poem. But no, that’s just the metafiction. I can’t really say I loved this story, but I admire the “novel” approach.