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The Weirdest Book You Ever Read

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What is the weirdest book you ever read? One that made you think ‘what on Earth did I just read?’.

 

And what made it weird? Was it a weird unexpected twist? Or was it strange from the very beginning? 
 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot for the past couple of days, since describing Piranesi by Susanna Clarke as ‘weird’ - it’s definitely not the weirdest I’ve read though. I think that award would have to go to The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. It was absolutely right from the opening too. After all, can it get much weirder than: 

‘One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.’ !? 

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Riddley Walker. Set two thousand years in the future. Written in gibberish pidgin English.

 

Not an easy read. 

 

Alternatively, One, No One and One Hundred Thousand is about a man who becomes obsessed with who he is to the point of breakdown. Very good.

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I found The Last Man, Mary Shelley weird because my copy didn't have any page numbers in it. It's a great book and nearly cured me of my ‘minimum pages a day’ page counting habit. The story was weird (at the time of reading) as well : This visionary, apocalyptic novel tells the story of a 21st century world ravaged by a virulent pandemic that kills nearly all of mankind and the lone survivor of the plague -- literally, The Last Man. Written in 1826. 
 

 

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