Life of Pi, Yann Martel
One boy trapped on board a lifeboat with a ferocious tiger. Yann Martel’s phenomenal novel had been read all over the world before it was adapted to the big screen a decade after it was first published. At times terrifying and unpredictable, this poignant tale will have you questioning reality by the time you reach its thought-provoking end. Like this article? Also read: Colours of the Monsoon: What You Should Be Wearing Right Now
The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker
How many thoughts run through your head over the course of a single day at work? If you’re anything like us, the answer is probably countless. Now imagine if you had the time to take each and every one of those thoughts through to completion. This is the premise of the novel which follows a man’s thoughts during his lunchtime trip up the escalator in the mezzanine of the office building in which he works. Footnotes are used extensively and innovatively and some of these are so abstract and hilarious that they’re deserving of a book on their own!
Last Night at the Lobster, Stewart O’Nan
It’s the last day of operation of a single Red Lobster restaurant which ownership has decided to shut down. Understandably, the minimum-wage workers don’t take this decision too well and the soon-to-be-unemployed staff refuse to show up for the final shift. So, the manager, Manny DeLeon, decides to take it upon himself to make sure the last run of the restaurant goes off without a hitch while he also deals with the moral quandaries that make up his life. Customers from hell and disinterested staff engage in a dance of wits and abuse in this eclectic tale from an eclectic author.
The Verificationist, Donald Antrim
If you’re going to be trapped in one room for the entirety of a novel, it might as well be somewhere fun, right? In this novel, a bunch of psychologists from the Krakower Institute meet up for their biannual supper at a pancake house. If you’re looking for a surreal read, look no further – the story quickly reaches a point where the protagonist, Tom, and the other psychologists float along the ceiling of the restaurant as they dive deeper into their thoughts and fantasies. Like this article? Also read: Rana Daggubati’s Personal Trainer Reveals the Incredible Secret Behind His Physique
Trophy, Michael Griffith
The story follows twenty minutes of Vada’s life as he lays trapped under the massive, taxidermized trophy bear in his friend’s house while he waits for his own death to take him. And that’s all we’re going to say about this brilliant novel which addresses all our deepest insecurities and anxieties in brilliant (and often hilarious) fashion to produce an absolute must-read.
Bel Canto, Ann Pratchett
With a title referring the operatic term that translates into “beautiful singing,” this novel utilises the opera as a central theme throughout the story. Set in Peru during the infamous Japanese embassy hostage crisis of 1996-1997, we follow the relationships that form amongst a group of young terrorists and their hostages over the course of several months. Like this article? Also read: Which Famous Father Figure From Literature Would You Be? Cover Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com