Bil Browning

The Time 100

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.

Linda Perdue | November 20, 2005 7:33 PM

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.

Jerame Davis | November 20, 2005 9:44 PM

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".

Morgan Tilleman | November 22, 2005 5:15 PM

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.