Here's some more that I noticed on my shelves
Filed as "Literary Fiction"
Lanark by Alasdair Gray
any of the Four Elements Quartet by Rikki Ducornet
Underworld by Don DeLillo
The Public Burning by Robert Coover
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
The Sot Weed Factor by John Barth
More conventional, but definitely unusual:
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys
Filed under Science Fiction and Fantasy, but definitely worth your time;
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney (great book, maybe not that much fun)
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (first novel: The Shadow of the Torturer)
and, finally, an experimental novel in that most conservative of genres, Horror:
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I have many more potential recommendations, but they tend to move either more toward the post-modern (which I know you don't like) or are more conventional (which is not what you're looking for right now).
: 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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