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Old 10-09-2008, 03:39 PM   #16
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I've only read 7 of the ones on the list -- but then I don't claim to be a "serious literature" reader --- just a novel reader. It's nice to see the list though. I'll have to get around to reading The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, and re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I was awfully young when I read that, and I probably have different perspectives now. Besides, I don't remember what I read.
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:46 PM   #17
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Read 5 maybe 6 of those, not entirely sure, since I might have read some of them in swedish translations before I started to read in english.

But I was a bit surprised to see "Watchmen" on that list though
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:59 AM   #19
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I've read 20 of the ones on the list (English major, you know). I agree with some of the selections, but. . .Gone with the Wind? What a piece of drivel (and I wish I didn't know so many people who think it's a text book)! Maybe it's me, but I think the American South angst is rather over-represented in general. I get awfully tired of it.

I'm not sure books written in other languages (Lolita, et al) should be included in a list of English language books - so much depends on which translation you have.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:59 PM   #20
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I'm not sure books written in other languages (Lolita, et al) should be included in a list of English language books - so much depends on which translation you have.
I believe Lolita was written in English by Nabokov, and then translated into other languages, so it would qualify as "English language".

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:18 PM   #21
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I've only read 5 of these, but then again I've never really gone out looking for 'Great' books.

Still, there are some interesting books that I'm interested in reading, unfortunately I've got a large To Be Read pile from a splurge at fictionwise
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:24 PM   #22
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But I was a bit surprised to see "Watchmen" on that list though
I was as well, but when you really look at it, if you ignore the fact that it was graphic novel as opposed to conventional one, its a very deep book, with a lot of layers.

Indeed the art helps to add on even more layers, and I have to say that every time I reread it, something new pops up. but then again, that pretty common with Moor's work. Still I personally like his League books better, as I love the depth of his work and the cross referencing he does.

Still I'm waiting for the Movie, and hoping the do a better job then they did on the League one.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:46 AM   #23
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I believe Lolita was written in English by Nabokov, and then translated into other languages, so it would qualify as "English language".

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I had no idea. So I can blame my dislike of it on Nabokov himself, not a translator. Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:27 PM   #24
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I had no idea. So I can blame my dislike of it on Nabokov himself, not a translator. Thanks!
Well, you came blame him, but he's not listening anymore.

I've not actually read it myself, but I intend to do so soon (that, and Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March, which also is on the Time list...but I want to read the latter more because of a musical connection than anything else).

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Old 10-17-2008, 05:26 AM   #25
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There's some there I've heard of but never felt the need to read, such as American Pastoral, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird & The Grapes of Wrath, but I do wonder if that's a cultural thing or if I'm just a Philistine! :-)
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:01 PM   #26
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Hmm, looks like I read sixteen of them that I can recall, about half of those for school.

And I'll agree the list is oddly skewed. Watchmen in the top 100? Sh'yeah, maybe of graphic novels, not of all English literature. Including it is a form of pandering to genres.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:04 PM   #27
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I did not count the number of books in the list, but there may possibly be a mistake. Lord of the Rings is listed as one book when it's actually a trilogy of 3 books. So that may make the list 102 books.
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I did not count the number of books in the list, but there may possibly be a mistake. Lord of the Rings is listed as one book when it's actually a trilogy of 3 books. So that may make the list 102 books.
Lord of the Rings is actually six "books" compiled into a single "novel". The six "books" are usually (and were originally) compiled into the three physical "books" (volumes) which form the full Lord of the Rings novel, in much the same way as Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu is considered one novel, but is generally provided in its multiple volumes.

While perhaps not 100% consistent in the editorial, the "Complete List" is stated at the top to be "All Time 100 Novels" and "100 Best English-language novels" rather than "books".

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I did not count the number of books in the list, but there may possibly be a mistake. Lord of the Rings is listed as one book when it's actually a trilogy of 3 books. So that may make the list 102 books.
Tolkien wanted it to be published as a single volume, but that wasn't practical in post-War Britain, where paper was scarce and printing costs sky-high. It's perfectly reasonable to consider it to be a single book and, as you know, these days it is very often printed in that form.
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I've read 23 of the books on the list, and started a couple more but never finished. And I've seen the movies based on a dozen of those I haven't read.
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