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100 Novels that everyone Should Read

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I came across this list from 2009, but presumably most of the list is still relevant.

 

I haven't read a novel for at least 15 years, and probably won't again this year. Therefore, I must be a bit of a literary ignoramus, though I have seen tv and film adaptations of some of those I've missed.

 

Of the 100 on the list, I've read 11.

 

How have you done?

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/4248401/100-novels-everyone-should-read.html

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25 for me. Of that 25, about 10 I'd bother reading again.

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37.  With attempts currently ongoing at 3 more.

 

Re-read The Hound of the Baskervilles whilst on holiday last week.  It's a lot nuttier than I remember.

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Apart from comics and work documents, I don't think I've ever read anything twice.

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Apart from comics and work documents, I don't think I've ever read anything twice.

I like to revisit old favourites every now and then. As long as there's a big enough gap between reads, if it gave you pleasure the first time around, it'll do the job again.

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I read at least one book a week but I've only read 2 from that list, and can't say I've any intention of increasing that total as most of them have no appeal whatsoever.

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Ive read 28, with a few there that I should've read or would like to read, plus 2 or 3 I just couldn't get through/finish (Heart of Darkness, Ulysses). Plenty Ive cheerfully never heard of.

 

I really should read Moby Dick next. After Stan Gene's autobiography.

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Ive read 28, with a few there that I should've read or would like to read, plus 2 or 3 I just couldn't get through/finish (Heart of Darkness, Ulysses). Plenty Ive cheerfully never heard of.

 

I really should read Moby Dick next. After Stan Gene's autobiography.

Moby Dick by audiobook is the way forward.  Trust me on this.

 

I've just downloaded Heart of Darkness as its short.  Will it feel longer?!

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25 and a couple on there I fancy giving a go.

 

Moby Dick is, in my opinion the most boring book in the english language.

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Moby Dick is a long, dense read. Heart of Darkness is good, but does feel longer than it is.

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Moby Dick is a long, dense read. Heart of Darkness is good, but does feel longer than it is.

 

As I said, I *did* Moby Dick via audiobook.  I didn't skip any of it but at least it allowed me to plunge on through the digressions.  And the conclusion and how it contextualises all that has gone before is worth every frustration along the way.

 

In my opinion.

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Not a bad idea on MD GJ. I hadn't realised its reputation, and thought it was more readbale page-turner than it appears. I found HoD very heavy going, but then Im not the most dogged of readers.

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Ulysses would probably be more finishable as an audiobook. It reads like something that ought to be spoken aloud, almost as a performance piece.

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25. There's a lot of currently-fashionable litfic on that list; wonder how much of it will survive the next 50 years?

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Ulysses would probably be more finishable as an audiobook. It reads like something that ought to be spoken aloud, almost as a performance piece.

Ulysses sags dreadfully in the middle ... a very long middle ... as it degenerates into word games and showing-off, but comes back powerfully at the end.

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Ulysses sags dreadfully in the middle ... a very long middle ... as it degenerates into word games and showing-off, but comes back powerfully at the end.

 

Imagine how many copies it would sell if they put that review on the dust jacket. :D

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A disgrace that The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been overlooked in this list (although I must admit I had to get it on audiobook too)

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25.

Some of the other 75 I've had a bash at. Some of them I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

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A disgrace that The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been overlooked in this list (although I must admit I had to get it on audiobook too)

I think I have read that a thousand times or more. It feels that way at least.

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17 in full, a number of others I started and abandoned.  I can't say the list itself has inspired me to increase that total.

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Stig of the Dump! I remember that. Anyone remember Jim Starling? I used to love those books, because they weren't set in some posh boarding school, but in schools and streets like the ones I knew.

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What are the criteria for deciding "everyone should read" these novels?

Is it some intellectual snobbery on the part of the list creators?

Is it the beauty and richness of the language?

 

Actually, any list that starts with "Lord of the Rings" is not worth taking seriously, also no mention of Thursday Next, Mr Toad or John Buchan.

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