Whatâ€™s your favorite book that nobody else has heard of? You know, not Little Women or Huckleberry Finn, not the latest best-seller . . . whether theyâ€™ve read them or not, everybody â€œknowsâ€ those books. Iâ€™m talking about the best book that, when you tell people that you love it, they go, â€œHuh? Never heard of it?â€ – BTT
I am really quite predictable since I love classics and books most people have heard of.Â I think The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa is simply wonderful but not totally unknown. A lot of people I know don’t really get into graphic novels so they aren’t aware of Neil Gaiman’s work or Sandman. Speaking of graphic novels, this one counts, but I forget to add it to my GN challenge recs: Griffin and Sabine Trilogy by Nick Bantock. In nonfiction, I love a lot of memoirs and travel books such as Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik and Blue Latitudes: Boldy Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz.
In a lot of cases, while some well read people on the blogsophere or bibliophiles have heard of books, I have a lot of friends who are not big readers and will go “Huh?” when I say I like Jose Saramago,Â Milan Kundera, Neil Gaiman, etc.
I haven’t read Gaiman yet but I’m going to!
I am loving Gaiman!
I don’t believe it, I just started The Leopard yesterday! Until recently it would have been a “huh?” for me as well, but some of my more sophisticated reading friends highly recommended it. It was quite a coincidence to read about it here!
I haven’t read The Leopard but the movie is astonishing.
Neil Gaiman’s name keeps coming up. I’ll definitely have to put a star by his name when I go to find a new book.
Crafty Green Poet
I’ve got the Leopard on my shelf, one copy in English, one in Italian for my next bilingual reading. I haven’t heard of the other books you mention.