Filed By Bil Browning | November 20, 2005 12:58 AM | comments
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I was disappointed to find out that I'd only read 11 of the Time 100 best modern novels. Leave a comment and let me know how many of them you've read.
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41 of them. Most of them in high school or college English classes. When I read the list I was disappointed. These people can't tell me they actually read Infinite Jest. I don't believe it. And what the hell is "Are you there God, It's me Margaret" doing on this list? If they needed to pick a teen novel, there are 30 better than that.
The Adventures of Augie March Animal Farm Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (what the hell?) Beloved The Blind Assassin The Bridge of San Luis Rey Catch-22 The Catcher in the Rye A Clockwork Orange The Corrections Death Comes for the Archbishop The French Lieutenant's Woman (TOTAL SUCKAGE!) Go Tell it on the Mountain Gone With the Wind The Grapes of Wrath The Great Gatsby The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Herzog Invisible Man Light in August The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Lolita Lord of the Flies The Lord of the Rings Midnight's Children Mrs. Dalloway Neuromancer 1984 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Portnoy's Complaint (SUCKED!) Possession The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Rabbit, Run Slaughterhouse-Five Snow Crash The Sound and the Fury (Two Faulkners listed, but not "As I Lay Dying?" Shame.) The Sun Also Rises To Kill a Mockingbird To the Lighthouse Tropic of Cancer White Noise
24 of them here though some of the others are on my to-read list. I'm just thinking wtf on some of the others though.
I throughly disliked some of them that I did read, and I admit to a general dislike of any of Faulkner's work.
If these books represent that which we love most, that which we supposedly hold in high regard, and I personally think of humanity as shallow and unintelligent, why would I ever want to read the books they read?
13 books. I can't count the ones I didn't read but saw as movies. I can't stand John Steinbeck; however, I loved reading Tolkein back in 1967 when you had to go to the Children's Section of the library to take out Lord of the Rings. I read all of the Rabbit Runs books and enjoyed them too.
I've read 52 of them, was impressed that Ubik made their cut. But any list that leaves off John Irving, particularly "Prayer to Owen Meany", just cannot be taken seriously.
I've read 9 of them, but I really don't know what Great Gatsby is doing on this list. I hated that book with passion. Perhaps my hatred stems from the paper I wrote that I received an F on.
Does it count more if I read some of them more than once? I've read Lord of the Rings at least 5 times (yes, the entire trilogy) and I've read Lion With and the Wardrobe 3 times.
16. I was surprised to see Alan Moore's, "The Watchmen" on the list. I love it, but it's a comic book.
And 2 Faulkners - blech. I know tastes vary, but I loathed the Sound & the Fury. Unlike the commenter above, on the other hand, I really enjoyed the two Steinbeck novels I've read, "East of Eden" and "Grapes of Wrath".
Animal Farm Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Beloved Catch-22 The Catcher in the Rye A Clockwork Orange The Grapes of Wrath The Great Gatsby Infinite Jest Invisible Man The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Lord of the Flies The Lord of the Rings Midnight's Children Mrs. Dalloway 1984 A Passage to India Ragtime Red Harvest (WTF?) Slaughterhouse-Five The Sound and the Fury The Spy Who Came in From the Cold The Sun Also Rises Their Eyes Were Watching God To Kill a Mockingbird White Teeth
That makes 28.
I nominate "The House on Mango Street" for best modern novel in English not on the list. Kurt Vonnegut is up there too.
The Great Gatsby is an amazing book, Steinbeck is great but East of Eden is too long, and I want to include The Naked and the Dead (Norman Mailer) although I have lots of PC objections.
I really did read Infinite Jest, it took a month. Bookmark the footnotes too, and keep up with them, it goes easier.
I'm not the other Morgan.