Unlike cult TV and movies, cult books are much harder to define. Some books have simply been around so long that the amount of people who have read them makes it seem like a cult. It’s all to do with how fanatical the fans are. A cult following is all about passion, and it should alter the reader’s thoughts and life in some way but it should also be a little obscure (so no Harry Potter doesn’t count). These titles have an obsessive following, and you might not have even heard of them.
An iconic movie, the book has autobigraphical elements where the protaganist and his lawyer head into Las Vegas to chase the American Dream while high on drugs. It has heavy drug use and a retrospective view of 1960s culture. It has a blend of fact and fiction from the author’s own experience visiting Las Vegas in 1971.
An early 20th century book that promotes self discovery. The title comes from Sanscrit meaning “he who has attained his goals” and takes place in Nepal. The story follows the spiritual journey of a man as he fasts and travels as well as the people he meets and what he learns. It has been used in many cultural references such as shows Veronica Mars and shameless as well as songs by Sting and Yes.
Published in 1980, 10 years after the author’s suicide, it is a modern take on the classic tale of Don Quixote. The book is set in New Orleans and is considered to be one of the most accurate depictions of the city in a book. The main character searches for employment and meets a variety of colorful characters along the way.
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