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 Post subject: Top 100 Novels of all time
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:09 pm 
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Can't think what to read next?
There's something here for everyone:
http://www.listmuse.com/best-books-top-100-fiction.php

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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Novels of all time
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I've read all of one of those!! :lol:

Pride and Prejudice for "O" Level at school. Didn't enjoy it at the time because of a very boring English teacher. (Love the film with Colin Firth in it though!! :- )

"The Great Gatsby" is waiting to be watched; I know, it's not the same as reading a book ... :-@

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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Novels of all time
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For starters, try one of these - "The Catcher in the Rye", "The Sun Also Rises", "The Grapes of Wrath" or "Lord of the Flies", all v readable! :-bd

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It's a very subjective list though. I'm surprised The Old Man And The Sea didn't make it, but there you go. Like Bayleaf, the Bronte/Austen works were standard fare at schoo, as was Dickens.
But where's Metamorphosis? Or To Kill A Mockingbird? Catcher in the Rye is a great book (and short). I reread it when it was one of our daughter's English set books at Lycée and enjoyed it immensely. And I only got the point on the second reading...

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I wonder how many people "voted" for the list - as a book can be excellent to one person, and boring to another ....The Lord of the Flies does not tempt me in any way, for instance.

One I would have put on there would be Odos Hanging, by Peter Benson, based on the Bayeaux Tapestries. An absolute compelling read, but not everyone's cup of tea.

It's a tricky one! :-B

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All lists like these are subjective.. "Catch 22" at #6 on the list of 100 Best Novels? Never in a million years.
Despite being an avid reader, there are still many classics I haven't read. I was surprised to see "Middlemarch" on that list described as the greatest English novel.. so I thought for 0.49p (Kindle price) it was worth a try!

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I've read 18 of them and started but couldn't finish three (War and Peace, Portrait of the Artist a a Young Man, Lolita). I do think Catch-22 should be up there - I must have read it three or four times and it really is a work of genius. There are quiet a few in the list that I intend to read at some point in my life, but at the end of the day it's just another list, chosen subjectively (and it's not at all clear how or by whom), and should be treated as a bit of fluff, like just about any other list. That's not to say that it's not a good list - just that it doesn't and cannot carry any real authority.

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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Novels of all time
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I ploughed through "War and Peace" once on holiday and I agree with Woody Allen's comment on it:
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I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It's about Russia.

"Catch 22"? Read it a couple of times and found it entertaining - not much more - but this is the nature of books: we all have different responses to them.. According to the accompanying blurb, "Catch 22" has been listed in "Best ofs" by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the Observer. I'd say if you haven't read it, then read it.

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I read a few of them at school.

I've 'seen' loads of them as films. :lol:


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Of course any list has to be highly subjective. I love reading. I actually trained as a teacher of English ( it was my second subject), although for a whole range of reasons I never taught the subject except when covering for absent colleagues, throughout my entire teaching career. I have to say that I found 'The Old Man and the Sea' one of the most boring books that I have ever read!!

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