Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time Magazine's All-Time Top 100 Novels from 1923-the Present (2005)

This list came out 5 years ago.
I didn't like how they didn't exactly outline the CRITERIA for how they chose.
But then again, can we simply just put it on that Pritchard Scale? (ten points for those who know what movie i'm referencing! hehe)

Anywhooz; Crossed out if read; Bold if heard of it/want to read; Italics if I heard of/own it but don't want to read it.

**** out of four.
* = hate it
** = okay
*** = would read it again
**** = LOVE IT!!!!

The Complete List In Alphabetical Order

The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow

All the King's Men 
Robert Penn Warren

American Pastoral 
Philip Roth - technically "read" it for class. didn't really though

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 **1/2 .. hehehe.  "I must, I must, I must increase..."  hehehehehhe

The Assistant
Bernard Malamud

At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O'Brien

Ian McEwan

Toni Morrison ***

The Berlin Stories
Christopher Isherwood

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler

The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood  - love her.

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder

Call It Sleep
Henry Roth

Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger *1/2 (it used to be a HATE; but this year i changed my mind coincidentally)

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  - well actually CURRENTLY reading it.

A Death in the Family
James Agee

The Death of the Heart
Elizabeth Bowen

James Dickey

Dog Soldiers
Robert Stone

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 - too long

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck  - except honestly, never liked any steinbeck before..

Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald ***1/2 really do love it.. but not YUM. you know?

A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers

The Heart of the Matter
Graham Greene

Saul Bellow

Marilynne Robinson

A House for Mr. Biswas
V.S. Naipaul

I, Claudius
Robert Graves

Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison  - i started reading this in high school; i don't remember anything; it was HARD and blah.  graded a bunch of AP essays on it for CCS tho..

Light in August
William Faulkner

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

Vladimir Nabokov * 1/2 (it's gross)

Lord of the Flies
William Golding **

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

Henry Green

Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis

The Man Who Loved Children
Christina Stead

Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie  - own it; tried to read it a few times now; meh.

Martin Amis

The Moviegoer
Walker Percy

Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf

Naked Lunch
William Burroughs

Native Son
Richard Wright

William Gibson

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

George Orwell **

On the Road
Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey **1/2

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

A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark

Rabbit, Run
John Updike

E.L. Doctorow

The Recognitions
William Gaddis

Red Harvest
Dashiell Hammett

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates  -er, i just wanna watch the movie. HEHE

The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowles

Kurt Vonnegut  - is this good?  i'm ambivalent.

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed Factor
John Barth

The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner  - own it, no particular desire to start it..

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 **** LOVED IT

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe ***

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee ****

To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf

Tropic of Cancer
Henry Miller

Philip K. Dick

Under the Net
Iris Murdoch

Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry

Alan Moore; Dave Gibbons

White Noise
Don DeLillo

White Teeth
Zadie Smith

Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys


Meh; so lots i haven't ever heard of; few I've read; few i've heard of and don't want to read.

It's annoying how catcher in the rye and 1984 and animal farm are up there.  read all three freshman year and disliked all of them.... wondering though; if it's also because i really disliked the teacher;  recently reread catcher in the rye, and it was more tolerable.

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