I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish this one. I don't blame the book. I'm sure I've finished worse books if this one is bad. I'm just not connecting with it. I put it aside to read that history book, read a hundred or so more pages (I'm about 40% through according to Kindle), and put it aside again. I'm reading Main Street now.
I'm enjoying Main Street well enough right now, but I don't like it as well as Babbit.
I'd really like to read something unusual and fun. Any suggestions? I may finally get around to Dictionary of the Khazars. I'm sure it's unusual; I hope it's fun.
I found various lists of strange novels online. Here's one of the ten strangest:
10. Against Nature. Read it and liked it very much.
9. Tomcat Murr. Read it within the last year. Didn't dislike it but hoped for more.
8. Not Wanted on the Voyage. Never heard of this, but it doesn't sound that interesting.
7. Life: A User's Manual. I enjoyed this quite well.
6. Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician. Don't remember this very well. Jarry himself is fascinating, but his work less so.
5.Dictionary of the Khazars. The description mentions another novel, Last Love in Constantinople that sounds interesting.
4. Alphabetical Africa. Never heard of this. Sounds gimmicky.
3. How It Is. Never heard of this particular Sam Beckett novel. The Beckett novels I've read have been strange but not much fun.
2. If on a winter's night a traveler. I enjoyed this.
1. Finnegans Wake. I will probably make another effort to read this some day.
There were other lists of course. Hopscotch was on one or two. Labyrinths.
If I had to name other books that come to mind along these lines, I'd name The Master and Margarita, The Black Spider, Pale Fire, Celine's books, Marquez's books, Catch 22. Lale once posted her own translation of a rather interesting little short story.
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