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100 Novels that everyone Should Read

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22 from the Grauniad's selection.

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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?

 

I think your first guess is probably closer to the mark than your second. :happy:

 

The comment in The Guardian list underneath the book they have at number 45 (Ulysses by James Joyce) is a bit of a giveaway: "this is a novel more discussed than read."

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Not read Thursday last, read quite a few of the others though

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Final score: Daily Torygraph 28 The Grauniad 26.

 

Close thing that.

 

Italo Calvino, there's a writer I should've tried........

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24

100 Years of Solitude & not Love in the Time of Cholera?

no justice

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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.

 

 

Jim starling? did he write "The Goalkeepers Revenge"?

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Jim starling? did he write "The Goalkeepers Revenge"?

No, that was Bill Naughton. I read a few of his, too, back in the day. Jim Starling was a character created by E W Hildick, and I liked him a lot, even if he was from Yorkshire. Long out of print, alas.

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Catcher in the Rye is overrated.....couldn't see Brave New World on that list......or Clockwork Orange.......good to see 1984 there though

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16 from the Guardian

Still no "Stig of the Dump"

Stig of the Dump classic book , along with Tom Sawer , Animal farm , Swallows and the Amazon , only one book on there i've read Alice in Wonderland

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Stig of the Dump classic book , along with Tom Sawer , Animal farm , Swallows and the Amazon , only one book on there i've read Alice in Wonderland

 

But not Huck Finn??

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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

 

 

I'm amazed, I've read 21. Although only one of the Rabbit books.

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Italo Calvino, there's a writer I should've tried........

To be honest, 'If on a Winter's Night a Traveller' is a bit of a gimmick, although not a bad read overall. The only other book of his I've read is 'Cosmicomics', which was okay, but I never felt tempted to re-read it. Of course, this may be the fault of the translator, rather than the author - it's hard to know with foreign literature.

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To be honest, 'If on a Winter's Night a Traveller' is a bit of a gimmick, 

 

I may have to kill you for saying that.  That's my desert island book, that is.

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I've just remembered; I have read a book twice.

 

Fungus The Bogeyman in straight and pop-up versions.

 

:)

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But not Huck Finn??

I have a brand new copy of that Mark but hav'nt ad time to read it yet..... :)

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I have a brand new copy of that Mark but hav'nt ad time to read it yet..... :)

I found a nice hardback edition recently in the second-hand shop, and will getv round to it at some point. I did read it a long time ago, but only remember odd bits of the story heer and there.

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I have a brand new copy of that Mark but hav'nt ad time to read it yet..... :)

 

Enjoy. Smashing book.

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