What are the best postmodern novels?

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    #1Gravity's Rainbow

    Gravity's Rainbow

    Gravity's Rainbow is a novel by Thomas Pynchon featuring a postmodern look at the impact of technology on society, particularly aviation and its role in war. It won the 1973 National Book award.


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    High-Rise is J.G. Ballard's 1975 postmodern novel about the residents of an isolated apartment whose ideologies devolved into something more primal, more animalistic.


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    Jacob Garcia
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "High-Rise is a ridiculous book. It would never happen and is insulting. The writing quality is awful."
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    #3A Postmodern Belch

    A Postmodern Belch
    A Postmodern Belch is M.J. Nichols' satirical book about postmodern icons and their different but similarly ego-centric and pretentious views on the world.

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    Angel Sarin
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "I'm not sure that this could really classify as a novel since it is a satire and reads more like a comedic biography than a novel. This doesn't really tell a story either and instead mostly relies on anecdotes and whatnot to get it's message across. The word novel is what throws me off and I can't recommend this being a good solution. "
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    #4The Broom of the System

    The Broom of the System
    The Broom of the System is David Wallace's postmodern satirical novel about Lenore Breadsman and her great-grandmother who has disappeared with 25 other oldies from the Shaker Heights Nursing Home.

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    Daniel Fox
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I can't say this is on of the best postmodern novels it's not even ranked as 5 stars on amazon. "
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    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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    Charles Arnold
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I read Ficciones last week for a class I am taking. It is very interesting to learn more about the human mind."
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    #6The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.

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    James Duncan
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I don't like autobiographical books but this was very interesting. I love war books, so it was fun to read. "
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    #7Pale Fire

    Pale Fire
    Pale Fire is Vladimir Nabokov's dark and postmodern novel filled with suspense, deceptive pleasures, literary idolatry, and political intrigue. Dr. Charles Kinbote wrote a foreword and a comment in this book.

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    Teresa Williamson
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "A wonderful read for those who like hidden meaning and looking through obscure wordings. It is a heavy read, best absorbed slowly and savored thoroughly. You will enjoy this literary masterpiece."
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    #8Silent Accomplice

    Silent Accomplice
    Silent Accomplice is Andrew Wallis' book that paints France as a secret supporter of the Hutus, the tribe that killed almost 1 million Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. This book alleges France of giving military and financial aid to the Hutus.

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    Harold Cooper
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "Silent Accomplice is a great little novel that will appeal to those interested in history and war. I found the story line to be very intriguing and I found Andrew Wallis's theory to be quite interesting. The book did have a slow start but got really interesting about half way through. "
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    #9The Recognitions

    The Recognitions

    The Recognitions is a fiction written by William Gaddis with an introduction written by William H. Gass. First published in 1955, this book is published in 1993 by Penguin Classics and among the titles of Dalkey Archive Press.


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    Kyle Williamson
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "While the author can't seem to help but put his erudition on display at every opportunity, this is an important, highly relevant work that deserves to be read. It's not something I would recommend if you're looking for a casual, breezy reading experience. Otherwise, do pick it up. "
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    #10White Teeth

    White Teeth

    White Teeth is a contemporary fiction novel written by Zadie Smith which is about the story of two North London families during the World War II. This tackles about faith, race, gender and culture. 


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    Tony Qiu
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "White Teeth is a contemporary fiction novel written by Zadie Smith which is about the story of two North London families during the World War II. This tackles about faith, race, gender and culture. Very interesting read."
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    #11A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 


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    Joshua Anderson
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Classic books are relevant for a reason. A clockwork orange tackles issues about morality and society."
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    #12House 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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    Betty Hanson
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "House of Leaves is quite a read. It's so strange and different compared to other novels that I've read. I really couldn't put it down after I started. Reading it felt so hectic, yet so enjoyable at the same time. Amazing read. "
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Susan Patterson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I purchased this book on a whim and am still unsure about it. The plot was interesting and it is indeed a classic, I suppose. I just wasn't a fan of the author's sense of humor in this book. "
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    Tell-All is a creative and hilarious novel by Chuck Palahniuk about a group of people in the colorful world of Hollywood. It is full of the author's signature style of humor and excellent use of witty quips.


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    Socorro Ortega
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I love the novel, Tell-All. I think any reader that desires a great laugh should possess Tell-All. I see Tell-All as a must-read and suggest grabbing one today. I know that Tell-All is the best postmodern novel."
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    #15Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity

    Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity

    Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity - Annotated Edition is a postmodern novel written by Cracked.com writer Robert Brockway. It is about a dystopic future where everyone is an addict to the drug, Presence.


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    Carolyn Salazar
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity is a very enjoyable novel. It's a fun read, especially if you like cracked.com. And if you are into futuristic tales, this is the book for you. It's well written and easy to follow. "


Best What are the best postmodern novels
1Gravity's RainbowBooks 30 Paid
2High-RiseBooks 26 Paid
3A Postmodern BelchBooks 24 Paid
4The Broom of the SystemBooks 24 Paid
5FiccionesBooks 22 Paid
6The Things They CarriedBooks 21 Paid
7Pale FireBooks 20 Paid
8Silent AccompliceBooks 18 Paid
9The RecognitionsBooks 17 Paid
10White TeethBooks 14 Paid

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