Number five on his list:
Catch-22 by Joseph HellerRead about the other four titles on Jasper Fforde's list.
Much has been written about this book, and it is all true. Especially notable for the way in which the narrative unfolds as we go from character to character.
Simone Swink interviewed Fforde for January Magazine in 2005 and described the appeal of Fforde's work:
It's hard to recommend one of Jasper Fforde's novels without laughing to yourself. Plus the novels themselves are rather complicated to describe. It's best just to hand them over and hope your friends share Fforde's jubilance for poking fun at some of our most revered "classic" books. For anyone who has ever suffered through the agonies of dissecting Shakespearean plays, Jane Eyre, or any book by Dickens under the guidance of an uninspired teacher, these novels are an amusing reminder that a good story is what is most important when it comes to reading. [read on]--Marshal Zeringue