[T]he image of a holy book sitting so unobtrusively on a shelf, having been given up, is a poweful one.
If you ever come across it, I'd very much recommend you pick up a copy of The Study Quran. It's not as "poetic" as other versions I've read, because it's written in a more "accessible" manner, but the commentary in it is very insightful, almost to a fault. There's times where I'll be reading it and find myself reading the commentary on the Quran more than the Quran itself.
While I haven't finished it, because I'm honestly not to much of a fan of books that "mess with peoples' heads" (as Dala puts it), I'd second Kazuo Ishiguro's The Burried Giant. I got about two thirds of the way through it and it's wonderfully written, both in the sense that Ishiguro does amazing work with words and also in that I feel like I'm reading a modern tale about The Matters of Britian or The Matters of France.