It isn’t uncommon when reading a great book to become so consumed by the plot and the outstanding storytelling elements of the novel that an author’s wordchoice is overlooked. Sure, we get it, why stop to admire a single puzzle piece when you can celebrate the complete picture when the story has reached its conclusion? But it is the syntax of the novel—the thousands of decisions to use this word or that in the construction of each sentence—that allow a novel’s message to reach its intended reader and do so in a clear, effective manner.
To celebrate the power and importance of words, we’ve compiled a list of works that do their part to commemorate diction and communication, down to the very last syllable. Books perfect for any lover of language, especially those who have just completed their latest Pimsleur or Rosetta Stone course and are now on the search for a wordy work of fiction.