Except I think that King does post-apocalyptic ghoulishness better and more scary, Pirsig does father/son road trip better and more philosophical, and Hamsun does starvation better and more funny.
You can probably see from this how I practically failed English Lit. as an undergrad.
Do I have to finish the book, Papa? Yes son, yes you do. I'm scared Papa. Dont be son, The Stand by Stephen King is hella scarier.