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message 1: by Bookman (new)

Bookman Which of these are "children's"? I was quite surprised to see the list when I looked under "children's" because there are some books there that are very much NOT for children.


message 2: by Alix (new)

Alix Epstein some people are playing a little fast and loose with the word "experimental" here.


message 3: by Jacob (new)

Jacob The only thing that J.D. was experimenting with when he wrote Catcher in The Rye, was new ways to make high school students waste their time.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

"Ulysses" obviously deserves the number 1 spot


message 5: by Leslie (new)

Leslie This is my favorite category of books. It's hard to define, but I'll take anyone's suggestions- because that's just more ideas for my 'to read' list!


message 6: by Carrie (new)

Carrie P I couldn't finish #1 because I couldn't get past the rape scene of minors. I even tried watching a midnight showing of the movie but fell asleep, although mostly because of the booze I'd consumed prior. What little I did read of Burgess' "experimental" vocabulary & his premise of "experimenting" bad behavior out was "interesting", to say the least.


message 7: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Alix wrote: "some people are playing a little fast and loose with the word "experimental" here."

I agree...


message 8: by Danail (new)

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message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul Thoresen I can't believe how many WWII books there are on every list


message 10: by Juan (last edited Mar 26, 2014 10:05AM) (new)

Juan Booklovinglady wrote:


Alix wrote: "some people are playing a little fast and loose with the word "experimental" here."
I agree...


I agree...


message 11: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Page Alix wrote: "some people are playing a little fast and loose with the word "experimental" here."

Definitely.


message 12: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Melanie wrote: "Alix wrote: "some people are playing a little fast and loose with the word "experimental" here."

Definitely."


Agreed: Life of Pi? I'm actually pretty disappointed with a lot of the books on this list.


message 13: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Page Agreed: Life of Pi? I'm actually pretty disappointed with a lot of th..."

Life of Pi is more like a fairy tale than experimental. There are certain publishers people should be looking at, like FC2, Coffee House Press, and FSG.


message 14: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Some of these books are only experimental if you've read nothing that's actually experimental.


message 15: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Page I'm going to add a bunch! I can totally do that!


message 16: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 3 books removed.

I'd love someone to explain to me how 'Catcher in the Rye' is in any sense 'experimental'.

Another list rendered useless by being set up but not curated to remove spurious additions.


message 17: by Psom (new)

Psom 0ne Confusing experimentation with style...


message 18: by Leo (last edited May 28, 2016 10:30PM) (new)

Leo Walsh Seems to me that these books aren't that experimental. The top of the list are transgressive, not experimental. Experiemntal works play with language and expectation.

And then, some light-weights that you can polish off in an evening show up. Like, for instance "The Eyre Affair."

Any serious list of experimental fiction would include heavyweights like "Finnegans Wake," "Ulysses," "The Waves," "To the Lighthouse," "Foucault's Pendulum," Name of the Rose," "JR" "Mason & Dixon," and "Gravity's Rainbow."

Those books take work to read. Because they play with both a novel's form and language itself. Some are dang-near impossible to read. For instance, I think I'll be 70 before I finally crack "Finnegans Wake," which I've been reading off and on since my thirties.


message 19: by Ben (new)

Ben S Paul wrote: "Checked for duplicates: 3 books removed.

I'd love someone to explain to me how 'Catcher in the Rye' is in any sense 'experimental'.

Another list rendered useless by being set up but not curated t..."

The Catcher in the Rye is not exactly experimental, but it is on this list because it isn't a typical novel, for these reasons: The slang it is written in was very edgy at the time, it frequently uses passive voice, and most subtle but undoubtedly most important-the novel is entirely inseparable from its narrator. While people may dismiss Holden Caulfieldas as whiny and annoying, if you analyze his character carefully you will find that he is a unique and brilliantly written character who makes this book that would otherwise be pointless have real worth and significance. It ain't a classic for nothing.


message 20: by James (new)

James Luna pmsl@ Mein Kampf
The man was totally misunderstood in his time.


message 21: by Psom (new)

Psom 0ne I think the list unfairly excludes "Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret." It's right up there with "The Martian Chronicles" when it comes to experimentation. BTW, great, really informed list here!!!


message 22: by Serenity (new)

Serenity Forward Alix wrote: "some people are playing a little fast and loose with the word "experimental" here."

True


message 23: by Erin (new)

Erin How is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on this list??? It is the quintessential children’s adventure novel — absolutely nothing experimental!

I also don’t see how Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, The Hunger Games, Romeo and Juliet and others make any sense on this list, and that is only the first page...


message 24: by Erin (new)

Erin Even Pride and Prejudice? Okay, wow, either some people really misunderstood what this list was for or, as the someone who posted this list on ListChallenges put it, modern readers apparently think anything not written about vampires is experimental. =P


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