10 Books I Enjoyed Despite, Or Perhaps Because Of, Their Pretentiousness

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  • 10) White Noise - Don DeLillo
  • 9) Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
  • 8) Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
  • 7) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • 6) Underworld - Don DeLillo
  • 5) Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
  • 4) The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
  • 3) Vineland - Thomas Pynchon
  • 2) Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
  • 1) Ulysses - James Joyce
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I am assembling four or five hundred different comments. I promise that this time they will be color-coordinated.

Congrats! You're the first Listology contributor to outright enjoy Ulysses!

I haven't tackled Ulysses yet (mostly due to a bad run-in with A
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
in high school). I have, however, read
5 of the 10 books on this list and enjoyed them all.

Which five?

White Noise - Don DeLillo

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

I liked it. I enjoyed it. I think perhaps all you can do is enjoy decodding it... You certainly can't read it for the plot (unless I'm missinf something) I have to confess I only made it to the chapter that is in the form of a play, and from then on simply skimmed.

you should try The Secret History by Donna Tartt... it's the best pretentious book i've ever read. :)