Multcolib My Library Rachael: The words are the plot

Babel-17 Empire Star By Delany, Samuel R. Book - 2001 SF DELANY Available in some locations

Annotation:Babel-17 is a language where the meaning is so perfectly expressed in so few words that it accelerates thought, making it possible to solve problems in a nanosecond. It is not just a language -- it is a weapon.

The Sparrow
The Sparrow By Russell, Mary Doria Book - 2008 SF RUSSELL 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 11 copies

Annotation:Father Emilio Sandoz is a Jesuit linguist who is one of the first to visit the first planet found with intelligent life. His experience is a harrowing illustration at how deeply you can misunderstand words when they a from an experience that is alien.

Pale Fire
Pale Fire By Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich Book - 1992 FICTION NABOKOV Available in some locations

Annotation:A narrative is developed through the annotations of a poem. Unique and wonderful.

The Flame Alphabet
The Flame Alphabet By Marcus, Ben Book - 2012 SF MARCUS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Marcus creates a chilling world where the speech of children is killing their parents. After being forced to leave their daughter Esther to fend for herself, Sam and Claire end up at a government lab intent on creating non-lethal speech.

At Swim-Two-Birds
At Swim-Two-Birds By O'Brien, Flann Book - 1998 FICTION OBRIEN Available in some locations

Annotation:O’Brien’s work is as intelligent as James Joyce’s but much, much funnier. Here university students, authors, and mythical figures vie to take control of a wild narrative.

Riddley Walker
Riddley Walker By Hoban, Russell Book - 1998 FICTION HOBAN 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Set thousands of years in the future, Hoban sets forth ideas of about the essence of humanity and myth in a narrative written in the language of that future. Difficult and rewarding.

The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair A Novel By Fforde, Jasper Book - 2003 FICTION FFORDE 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Thursday Next, a renowned Special Operative in literary detection faces the challenge of her career when a madman plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel.

If on A Winter's Night A Traveler
If on A Winter's Night A Traveler By Calvino, Italo Book - 1993 FICTION CALVINO

Annotation:Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.

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Novels where the plots are driven by questions on the relationship between language and perception, or by a wonderfully playful insight into words and the nature of narrative.