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Weird Books That Are Difficult to Explain but Totally Worth Reading

Has this ever happened to you, book-lovers? You're sitting there, minding your own business, reading a book. A well-meaning friend or loved one walks over and asks you what your book is about (although honestly they can't be that much of a loved one, because if they loved you they'd let you read in peace). You start trying to explain, but by the time you've told them that, "The structure is kind of a... non-linear, post modern thing?" or that, "The main character has a dog that's nonexistent, but ontologically valid," they're backing away slowly. Some books are just plain weird. So here are a few utterly, deeply weird books that are totally worth reading, anyway.
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1Q84
1Q84
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2666
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Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
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The Aleph and Other Stories
The Aleph and Other Stories
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Alphabetical Africa
Alphabetical Africa
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Bear (Marian Engel)
Bear (Marian Engel)
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Blankety Blank (D. Harlan Wilson)
Blankety Blank (D. Harlan Wilson)
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Blood and Guts in High School
Blood and Guts in High School
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Bloodchild
Bloodchild
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The Bloody Chamber
The Bloody Chamber
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The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
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Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions
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C (Tom McCarthy)
C (Tom McCarthy)
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The Castle (Franz Kafka)
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
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Chronic City
Chronic City
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The City and the City
The City and the City
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Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
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Coin Locker Babies
Coin Locker Babies
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The Crying of Lot 49
The Crying of Lot 49
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Dance Dance Dance
Dance Dance Dance
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The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower
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Dhalgren
Dhalgren
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Duplex
Duplex
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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World
Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World
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Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn)
Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn)
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Eunoia (Christian Bok)
Eunoia (Christian Bok)
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Eva Luna
Eva Luna
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The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)
The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)
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Faces in the Crowd (Valeria Luiselli)
Faces in the Crowd (Valeria Luiselli)
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The Female Man (Joanna Russ)
The Female Man (Joanna Russ)
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Ficciones
Ficciones
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Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
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Gadsby (Ernest Vincent Wright)
Gadsby (Ernest Vincent Wright)
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Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
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Get in Trouble (Kelly Link)
Get in Trouble (Kelly Link)
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Ghostwritten
Ghostwritten
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Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
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Hopscotch
Hopscotch
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House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
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