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Best stream-of-consciousness novels

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Which are the best stream-of-consciousness novels. I have only read two: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. I think Trainspotting was stream-of-consciousness. It has been a long time since I read it.

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Wanted to bump this old thread and ask if anyone had any other recommendations?

 

Have became quite interested in this style of writing recently..

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It’s only a short story but I think Virginia Woolf’s Kew Gardens is really good. It’s very visual and not like anything else I’ve read. 

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On 1/31/2019 at 8:57 PM, Hayley said:

It’s only a short story but I think Virginia Woolf’s Kew Gardens is really good. It’s very visual and not like anything else I’ve read. 

 

I just google'd this - it's exactly the type of thing I'm looking for, thanks Hayley.

 

I've just bought it so I'll let you know my thoughts soon. :) 

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I thought Faulkner´s "A Light in August" is not only extreme stream of consciousness but so impressionistic that the words jump right into your face! The book is like someone whispering in your ear. "The Sound and the Fury is the pronto- type of the stream of consciousness . I thought it was an easy reading book. Try reading Finnegan`s Wake by James Joyce if really want to read something complicated!

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I have recently finished Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. It is about a British consul in Mexico around 1938. He is a hopeless alcoholic. It is not an easy read, but the writing is very lyrical. It was like a stream-of-consciousness Graham Greene novel.

 

I read Ulysses by James Joyce earlier this year. Most of it was beyond my reading age, but I liked the bits I understood.

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