What are the best postmodern literary works?

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    #1Infinite Jest

    Infinite Jest

    Infinite Jest is a postmodern novel by David Foster Wallace. It is composed of four different narratives, all connected through a fictional film entitled Infinite Jest. The book is known for its unconventionality in style.

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    Eduardo Caballero
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "it is an amazing book that i am intrested in"
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    #2Lolita

    Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.
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    #3Ficciones

    Ficciones
    Ficciones is a collection of 17 short stories by the famous Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. These stories are inquiries into the labyrinthine nature of the human mind.

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    Christine Estrada
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love this book being that it is a collections of many high quality stories it has alot to offer. With some stories it had me crying others laughing and others just left me in awe. It really gives depth into the human condition."
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    #4Breakfast of Champions

    Breakfast of Champions
    Breakfast of Champions is a novel by the acclaimed author, Kurt Vonnegut. It tells the story of Dwayne Hoover, whose mental illness lead him to believe Kilgore Trout's science fiction writings to be the truth.
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    Jeremy Bryant
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I am torn on this book. There are some aspects of that I really like and some that I do not. The satire in the book is hilarious and the points the book are trying to make are good. However, many of the reference are no dated and are hard to understand. I would suggest only reading this book if you were born in the late 80s or earlier so you will understand the reference. "
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    #5The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel
    In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. 
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    Samuel Ryan
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Just...wow. I have never read a more colorful story. This started a bit mundane and I thought about putting it down. Once I realized how the multilayered plot was starting to build I was hooked. Get past the first 300 pages and you'll love it!"
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    #6The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of two sisters, Laura and Iris Chase, as Iris recalls and tries to understand the life of her deceased sister through her novel "The Blind Assassin."

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    Jaime Valdez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A melancholy tale but unbelievably detailed and wonderful! This book is loved by the people! "
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    #7Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.

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    Christian Martin
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler it is the best book i have ever seen ."
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    #8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
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    Timothy Brooks
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the best postmodern literary works that's events are after 9/11 and follows the life of an individual who was affected by the disaster."
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    #9The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49 is a postmodern literature novel written by Thomas Pynchon which was originally published in 1965. This novel is about a woman named Oedipa Maas and the unveiling of truths between two mail distribution companies.

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    #10House of Leaves

    House of Leaves

    House of Leaves is a book by Mark Danielewski that tells the story of Johnny Truant. He is an assistant of a tattoo artist who found a notebook of a dead man. What it contains are recorded videotaped that contain interviews. 

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    Eric Cook
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "An interesting book with an interesting development process. The story itself was decently original at the time, using a sort of found-footage interview angle that is very common in films of the last decade. The book itself is written in a way that there is something for almost anyone within it's pages. There are issues of family, supernatural elements and horror among other themes. Maybe not the BEST postmodern novel, but definitely a great read worth your time!"
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    #11One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.

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    Aaryan Rathore
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This appears to be a very well-loved novel, based on the other user reviews. I am not sure if it is considered post-modern, but the subject matter sounds really interesting and fantastic to me. The story is very much based in fantasy, but sounds like it could be relatable enough as well."
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    #12The Corrections

    The Corrections

    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen is a contemporary fiction on a family drama during the age of greed and globalism from the Midwest at mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe.

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    Frank Holland
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Corrections is one of the very best books looking at contemporary society as globalization spread across the world in the last half-century. This book won Jonathan Franzen some literary awards for a reason. It is a must read for anyone wanting an examination of the world they currently live."
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    #13Cloud Atlas: A Novel

    Cloud Atlas: A Novel
    Cloud Atlas: A Novel is a fantasy, drama and science fiction novel written by David Mitchell. It was published August 17, 2004 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.
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    Diana Howell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did. The plot is so convoluted, it's hard to follow. It jumps between different times and places, and keeps introducing new characters at breakneck speed. The book is also full of tricky little puzzles, and the character's lives are narrated in minute detail. I just couldn't follow any of it. Maybe if you're an intellectual, you'll like this. It was way over my head."
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    #14Bleeding Edge

    Bleeding Edge

    Bleeding Edge is a postmodern novel with a historical fiction element for young adults written by famous writer Thomas Pynchon. It was reprinted by Penguin Books in September 2013 and became a New York Times Notable Book.

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    Ethan Ruiz
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "What more can you say about this famous author, Thomas Pynchon. His writing style is very unique and you can just see it in this page turner novel. "
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    #15Beat the Reaper

    Beat the Reaper

    Beat the Reaper is a thrilling mystery and suspense novel written by Josh Bazell. It was originally released in 2009 as the first book in the author's Peter Brown series. It is about a talented doctor in a crazy hospital.

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    Jeffrey Herrera
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I was hesitant at first when I was recommended Beat the Reaper but after giving it a fair try I started to fall in love with the story and characters. The author does an excellent job at laying out the story and there are some really crazy suspense moments in this book that left me in awe. "

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Best What are the best postmodern literary works
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Infinite JestBooks 37 Paid
2LolitaBooks 34 Paid
3FiccionesBooks 32 Paid
4Breakfast of ChampionsBooks 31 Paid
5The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A NovelBooks 28 Paid
6The Blind AssassinBooks 28 Paid
7Fight ClubBooks 25 Paid
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseBooks 22 Paid
9The Crying of Lot 49Books 21 Paid
10House of LeavesBooks 19 Paid
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