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Face off between Gormenghast, Tristram Shandy and The Trial
and who's it by?
never read Tristam Shandy but apparently there is some similarity to my current favourite book of all time 'At Swim-Two-Birds' by Flann O'Brien.
I would say....'Ulysses'! Predictable but nonetheless true I think.
is at least a million times odder than ulysses.
you are correct, bit haven't read Finnegans wake yet, but will do soon!
By the way, as Flann said, its Fineggans Wake. Not Fineggan's Wake.
In terms of form, yeah, all the ones listed so far.
In terms of content, William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" maybe?
"Something Happened" by Joseph Heller is weird in both senses.
I think a small piece of me actually died when I read the last few pages of "Something Happened". Horribly powerful stuff.
If you mean weird in that it makes no sense whatsever then it has to be Naked Lunch.
that's one for weird in a good way.
Haven't read the book, but I've seen the film...
Well, I say film. I mean A Cock and Bull Story. Which is pretty good actually, if you find a Cineworld to go see it in. Odeons suck.
As for weird books I've read, anything by Robert Rankin ranks very high, especially The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
Pretty. Pretty. Pretty. Odd...
by Mark Danielewski is very odd - hugely terrifying in a very real sense. I am always very impressed by anything that is actually properly scary, books or film, whatever - it very rarely happens that art can really scare you, but this book horrified me. It makes me shudder thinking about it - totally chilling. Completely rips off Lovecraft, but as as late 20th Century update, and playing with form, it fucking rules. Go buy it now.
House of Leaves for Christmas. She says it is the only book which has properly scared her.
I bought her The Turn Of The Screw. That is the only book that has ever properly scared me...
...stopped my brain from functioning properly for a while. it's one of those endings/books as a whole that I will always remember reading the end of.
And....At Swim-Two-Birds is what I am reading at the moment! mr. haddock, I am reading it to prepare myself for ulysses which I want to read straight off in one day. which, because I have the attention span of a seagull, probably won't happen. but still, it IS a jolly book.
I have just finished reading Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack, which disturbed me more than The Trial. It is stark and...cruel and very odd. But I recommend it.
hmmmmmmm would be VERY impressed if you pull that off! If you read the notes as you go along (which I found pretty much essential) you're talking about 1000 pages! At Swim is great though isn't it. Don't you just love Sweeney in the Trees? And you know I read somewhere that Finnegans Wake can also be read as Finn (as in Finn Maccool) again is awake. Makes you think.
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"Widest Noel Ever"
"House Mother Normal" by B.S. Johnson is very weird. The same events (which are weird enough in themselves) Narrated by the residents of an old people's home, all of whom are suffering from various forms of dementia.