What are the best stream-of-consciousness novels?

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    #1On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 

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    Mildred Henry
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This book is an absolute classic, yet still underrated somehow. It isn't the most stream-of-conscious of Kerouac's novels, but I won't argue that it belongs in the category. I would recommend this to a lot of people looking for this type of book as well."
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    #2The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Frank Jones
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I read Catcher in the Rye years ago and it still stands up as one of the greatest literally books of all time. I would highly recommend it. "
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    #3As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her family and her wish to be buried in Mississippi, her hometown. This novel is narrated in the perspectives of many characters including when Addie is still alive. 


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    Amy Henry
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "First Faulkner book I've ever read. I don't think I'm going to be finishing this read. I found it very boring, good read to put you to sleep though."
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    #4The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 


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    Dorothy Sanders
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is unforgettable. It really highlights the struggle with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. It's depressing for sure, but is one of the best stream-of-consciousness books written. It sets you right into the complexity of the mind and how the main character slowly loses her sanity. It's heartbreaking, but raw."
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    #5The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Frank Jones
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a nice novel. It has great style, imagery, and characters. Highly recommend."
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    #6Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is published in 1936. This book tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who finds wealth and marries in order to have children to be his heir someday. 


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    Mildred Boyd
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is a little heavy to read. It's a good story but I had no problems setting the book down and doing other things when normally I can't put books down for hours."
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    #7Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground
    In Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retreated underground, fully isolating himself from society. It exhibits Dostoyevsky's thoughts on society and the human condition.

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    Kathryn Santos
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is one of the most riveting and complex novels I have ever read as is all of all of Jordon Peterson's work. This book goes so deep into the character, Dostoevsky's, thoughts. It is so well written and interesting that I could not stop reading it. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in a great novel."
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    Considered one of the greatest 20th-century novels written in English, James Joyce's Ulysses pulls from Greek Mythology to create a modern version staring Ulysses as he journeys through 20th century Ireland. 

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    Donna Nichols
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A very mystic story. Have you ever heard of Ulysses. Well read this book and find out mpre"
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    #9Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline is a fiction novel originally published in 1932. This book entails the idiocy and hypocrisy of society through the author's point of view.


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    Steven Sullivan
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This story was right in my wheel house. It has such a great story that pulls you in from the very beginning and holds you throughout."
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Samuel Russell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "a strange but good read"
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    #11The Book of Disquiet

    The Book of Disquiet

    The Book of Disquiet is a classic Portuguese literature fiction written by Fernando Pessoa. This philosophy book is first published in 1982. 


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    Edward Bates
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a ineffective book description. The first sentence about fiction is contradicted in the second sentence when it states it's a philosophy book (implying non-fiction). More plot/logline is needed."
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    #12To the Lighthouse

    To the Lighthouse
    To the Lighthouse is an award-winning novel written by renowned literary icon Virginia Woolf. It was first released in 1927 and won the Northcliffe and Femina Vie Heureuse prizes. Since then, it was translated into many languages. 

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    Devansh Das
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I found this to be a really exasperating read. It's tedious and difficult to understand in many places. If I want something like that, I might as well finish the Stephen Hawking book I started; at least I'd have valuable information at the end of that."


Best What are the best stream-of-consciousness novels
1On the RoadBooks 39 Paid
2The Catcher in the RyeBooks 34 Paid
3As I Lay DyingBooks 34 Paid
4The Bell JarBooks 31 Paid
5The Great GatsbyBooks 30 Paid
6Absalom, Absalom!Books 27 Paid
7Notes From UndergroundBooks 25 Paid
8UlyssesBooks 23 Paid
9Journey to the End of the NightBooks 20 Paid
10SteppenwolfBooks 18 Paid

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