And here we are, number 10 on my list of the ten books left off of everyoneís 100 best of the 2oth century lists:
Illuminatus! by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea
This book has everything. Fencing, fighting, chases, escapes, true love... wait. OK yeah it has all those things plus: mind bending conspiracy theories, sex, drugs, rock and roll, political commentary, Quantum Physics, zombi Nazi soldiers, Ancient Sea Monsters, Anarchistic philosophy, Jungian Synchronicity, Atlantis, ceremonial magik, detectives, talking gorillas, Dolphins in scuba gear, a yellow submarine and, AND, yes, even... Fnords.
You really have to read the book to find out what a Fnord is because I couldnít begin to explain it and frankly I donít want to ruin it for you.
Technically, the book is a trilogy, but it was artificially cut into one by the publisher as well as having something like 500 pages excised. And the book is 1200 pages as is.
ìBut I thought you didnít like books longer than 200 pages,î you say. Well yeah but... Illuminatus! is the exception to every rule.
Personally, I think those extra 500 pages were rewritten by Robert Anton Wilson into Schrodingerís Cat as many of the same characters show up there as well.
So read both books and get your head blown apart by a literary hand grenade. Youíll thank me later.