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Time Magazine's Top 100 Books

This is Time's list of the top 100 books written (published?) since its inception in 1923. (As found in lillibet and muffyjo's journals.) I question some of the inclusions and, more notably, some of the omissions, but hey, it's their list! Titles in bold are ones I've read.

The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow

All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren


American Pastoral
Philip Roth

An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser

Animal Farm
George Orwell


Appointment in Samarra
John O'Hara

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Judy Blume

The Assistant
Bernard Malamud

At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O'Brien

Atonement
Ian McEwan

Beloved (started but didn't finish)
Toni Morrison

The Berlin Stories
Christopher Isherwood

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler

The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (started but didn't finish)
Thornton Wilder

Call It Sleep
Henry Roth

Catch-22
Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger


A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

The Confessions of Nat Turner
William Styron

The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen

The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon

A Dance to the Music of Time
Anthony Powell

The Day of the Locust
Nathanael West

Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather

A Death in the Family
James Agee


The Death of the Heart
Elizabeth Bowen

Deliverance
James Dickey

Dog Soldiers
Robert Stone

Falconer
John Cheever

The French Lieutenant's Woman
John Fowles


The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing

Go Tell it on the Mountain
James Baldwin

Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck


Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald


A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers

The Heart of the Matter
Graham Greene

Herzog
Saul Bellow

Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson

A House for Mr. Biswas
V.S. Naipaul

I, Claudius
Robert Graves

Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison


Light in August
William Faulkner

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis


Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies
William Golding


The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien


Loving
Henry Green

Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis

The Man Who Loved Children
Christina Stead

Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie

Money
Martin Amis

The Moviegoer
Walker Percy (but it's on my bookshelf and will be read sometime in the next few months)

Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf

Naked Lunch
William Burroughs

Native Son
Richard Wright

Neuromancer
William Gibson

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

1984
George Orwell

On the Road
Jack Kerouac


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey

The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski

Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov

A Passage to India
E.M. Forster


Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion

Portnoy's Complaint
Philip Roth


Possession
A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark

Rabbit, Run
John Updike

Ragtime
E.L. Doctorow


The Recognitions
William Gaddis

Red Harvest
Dashiell Hammett

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowles

Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut


Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed Factor
John Barth

The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner

The Sportswriter
Richard Ford

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carre

The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe


To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf

Tropic of Cancer
Henry Miller

Ubik
Philip K. Dick

Under the Net
Iris Murdoch

Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry

Watchmen
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

White Noise
Don DeLillo

White Teeth
Zadie Smith

Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys

Comments

( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
ayelle
Nov. 24th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Read Watchmen!
spwebdesign
Nov. 24th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
Why? Tell me more. ;)
ayelle
Nov. 25th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
It was one of the first graphic novels to reimagine the whole idea of superheroes -- to identify that there's something deep-down strange about vigilantes who put on ridiculous costumes and fight crime. It's an experimental, thrilling, and deeply disturbing book; it's also a masterpiece of the graphic novel form, especially in the way it uses design and panel layout to enhance meaning. It's just... well, it's brilliant. It'll mean more if you're a long-term fan of superhero comic books, but it's still amazing even if you aren't.
muffyjo
Nov. 24th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)
How did you find Phillip Roth's book to be? That one has me curious.
spwebdesign
Nov. 24th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
I hated it. I could not for the life of me understand why anyone would have thought it or anything by Roth to be so good.

And now, 10-15 years later, I find myself wondering if I misread it, for everyone continues to find everything Roth writes so worthy. Yet I really almost couldn't finish it. I wonder if I should re-examine him, maybe try Goodbye, Columbus or that new novel recently published. Maybe Portnoy's Complaint was a fluke. I can't recommend it, though.
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