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October 6, 2011

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What’s the oddest book you’ve ever read? Did you like it? Hate it? Did it make you think?

Oh goodness. I’ve read some pretty strange books! I think that there are  books that everyone acknowledges as strange with a purpose, like, oh, anything written by Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut, and the  there are books that are strange just because they don’t make very much sense, unfortunately without trying. I think that the books that people think are just so strange that I’ve loved, hands down are, largely misunderstood. Here, I will share:



Oh, and yes, I did love these even though they were, by and large, “strange”. I think that, often, “strange”, again, is just misunderstood. I think that, so many times, a writer goes out of his or her way to use allegory or allusion in describing a particular vision or philosophy but decodes said philosophy within fiction and it makes it, altogether, a little “odd”. I obviously love it!

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  1. October 6, 2011 9:01 am

    This was a difficult one for me, but I finally thought of one that seemed odd to me.

  2. October 6, 2011 10:15 am

    I try to read Pynchon every couple of years or so, and fail spectacularly each time. ONe of these days…!!!

  3. October 6, 2011 10:17 am

    I’ve not read any of these books! I’d have to really sit and think about what book I’ve read that’s been the strangest. I’m sure I’ve read a few! :)

  4. October 6, 2011 10:21 am

    Strange is hard to define, but I do think you’re right – most of the time when a book is really strange to me it’s because I don’t understand it.

  5. October 6, 2011 11:01 am

    The one I thought of wasn’t just odd/strange, it was odd/ridiculous. :) Stop by and say hi!

    Cindy @ Cindy’s Book Club

  6. October 6, 2011 1:54 pm

    Kurt Vonnegut’s books are definitely odd but super awesome!

    Heres mine: http://eatupmyfreetime.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/booking-through-thursday-odd/

  7. October 6, 2011 3:48 pm

    Great choices — I haven’t read them as I’m not one for strange books — which sort of embarrasses me. I’m so pedestrian in my tastes at times!!

  8. October 6, 2011 10:18 pm

    I haven’t read any of the three “strange” books you listed!

  9. October 7, 2011 4:00 pm

    The strangest book I have ever read was called The Third Policeman, and it had a lot to do with sentient and sinister bicycles. Very odd read, but one of my favorites. I haven’t read any of your choices, but I will have to look into them. I love weird!

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