fiction fantasy science fiction challenging reflective slow-paced

1011 pages | first published 1975


What is Dhalgren? Dhalgren is one of the greatest novels of 20th-century American literature. Dhalgren is one of the all-time bestselling science fiction novels. Dhalgren may be read with equal validity as SF, magic realism, or metafiction. Dhalgr...
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mysterious 88%
challenging 77%
dark 55%
reflective 55%
adventurous 44%
funny 22%
sad 22%
tense 22%
emotional 11%
hopeful 11%
inspiring 11%


slow 85%
medium 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 33% | Yes: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

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