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2016-01-27 20:27:33 Post No. 7631254
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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.