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I can't tell if you guys genuinely enjoy 'experimental' fiction or if you just really like three-inch thick novels because they are like a fun puzzle or video game to be defeated (and I suspect most of you are comfortable with long length because you were raised on big fantasy tomes) but what if you guys read every one of these novels before posting yet again about Pynchon, Nabokov, Wallace, or Joyce. what if that happened?

John Hawkes: The Lime Twig, Blood Oranges
Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities
Joy Williams: The Changeling
David Markson: Wittgenstein's Mistress
Donald Barthelme: Sixty Stories
Valeria Luiselli: Story of My Teeth
Alexandra Kleeman: You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano
Samuel Beckett: Molloy trilogy
George Saunders: Civilwarland in Bad Decline, Pastoralia
Nicolson Baker: Room Temperature, A Box of Matches
Kobo Abe: Woman in the Dunes, The Face of Another, Kangaroo Notebook, The Box Man
Don DeLillo: The Body Artist

I didn't love every one of these books (see below) but they were all memorable. Here are some popular recommendations that I personally didn't enjoy:

William Gass-Omensetter's Luck: I'm not a fan of lyrical prose (Faulkner) or historical fiction. It wasn't bad tho, i guess.
George Saunders-the story collections above: his stories felt like the creation of a very bored person. they were weird in a great way and felt human, but he neglects tone in favor of voice (esp. in Civilwarland, in which every story is told in first person)
David Foster Wallce-Girl With Curious Hair: similar faults with this collection as George Saunders; both focus too much on satire and are devoid of consistent tone. Naming your first collection after the story which parodies another writer's style seems shitty. The 'Lost in the Funhouse' story just sucked imo. I'd rather just read his essays. I think Infinite Jest the only fiction DFW's that I've enjoyed.
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lurk more faggot
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>>7631254
Read the entire post, didn't see Tristram Shandy.

Fuck out of here, OP.
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>>7631287
yeah, tristram shandy defeated me almost instantly.
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Insatiability - Witkiewicz
Pornografia - Gombrowicz
Autodafe - Canetti
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis - Saramago
Nazarin - Galdos
Lost Steps - Carpentier
The Moon and the Bonfires - Pavese
Les Faux-Monnayeurs - Gide
Hourglass - Kis
Moskat Family - Singer
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>>7631254
>or if you just really like three-inch thick novels because they are like a fun puzzle or video game to be defeated
What else are they supposed to be?
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the unconsoled by ishiguro
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>>7631254
You forgot The Beetle Leg.
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>>7631254
whose style was Girl With Curious Hair parodying?
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>>7631254
Under the Volcano and that particular DeLillo aren't really experimental

i like carole maso's ada and sebalds austerlitz i think you'd like
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>>7631528
you really like posting this

well I mean it's a good collection of books
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>>7631577
Though very subtle, Under the Volcano's stream-of-consciousness is extremely experimental. I didn't catch it either until it was explained to me.
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>>7631582
ohh

pray tell
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>>7631563
BEE.

Typical Davy Wally.
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>>7631585
Here's one section that exemplifies what I just said:
Ashamed, numb with nostalgia and anxiety, reluctant to enter the crowded bar, though equally reluctant to have the taxidriver go in for her, Yvonne, her consciousness so lashed by win and air and voyage she still seemed to be traveling, still sailing into Acapulco harbour yesterday evening through a hurricane of immense and gorgeous butterflies swooping seaward to greet the Pennsylvania--at first it was as though fountains of multicoloured stationery were being swept out of the saloon lounge--glanced defensively round the square, really tranquil in the midst of this commotion, of the butterflies still zigzagging overhead or past open ports, endlessly vanishing astern, their square, motionless and brilliant in the seven o'clock morning sunlight, silent yet somehow poised, expectant, with one eye half open already, the merry-go-rounds, the Ferris wheel, lightly dreaming, looking forward to the fiesta later--the ranged rugged taxis too that were forward to something else, a taxi strike that afternoon, she'd been confidentially informed.

This very pretty sentence takes place at 3 different times that are marked by three different things, and, indicated by the placement of the subject, verb, and appositives, shows Yvonne's focus on the past, despite the fact she is about to meet her ex-husband.
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>>7631302

quickest defeat for me yet
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>>7631632
*wind
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I'm currently reading Satantango and will soon be continuing to Melancholy of Resistance, both by Laszlo Krasznahorkai. Both films are also superb.
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>>7631744
Melancholy of Resistance is a masterpiece, easily one of the best books of the 20th century. Just bought Satantango recently and I'm going to read it soon.
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>>7631302
>>7631636
haven't held the book yet, is it really that hard?

One of my most pleb experiences was my first time checking out Pale Fire, the most confused I can remember being. It took a wikipedia search to convince me that the book hadn't been horribly misprinted
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>>7631254
Interested.

Experimental prose and experimental structure...not always both...
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