I recently read Ben, in the World by Doris Lessing and found myself reminiscencing about some other books. It was not too hard to see the common thread that runs through all of them.
- A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- Perfume by Patrick Suskind
- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
While society grudgingly tolerates non-conformism, extremely deviant individuals get pushed beyond the brink. They represent the threshold of our collective ability to accept, live and let live.