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PostSubject: Best Novels   Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:46 am

At this site http://www.adherents.com/people/100_novel.html
you can find the Novel 100. We were given this same list in AP English by Mrs. Abler and I still have it. I haven't made much progress, but I've read 11 of them I think:

Bleak House
The Great Gatsby
The Scarlet Letter
Jane Eyre
Things Fall Apart
Candide
Native Son
1984
The Catcher in the Rye
Dracula
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Daniel S. Burt, the author of the Novel 100, has used a narrow definition of the word novel in order create as concise and accurate a list as possible. He goes into greater detail about the definition on the site.

Also given on the site is Time's Critic's pick the best English-language novels from 1923-Present, and I've read several books on that list as well.

Overall, I don't think these lists are entirely comprehensive, but they do provide a good basis for a person's education in great fiction. Many of the books on the lists are extremely difficult to read because of the level of detail, the quality of the translation in the case of foreign authors like Dostoevsky or Proust, the sheer insurmountable length, the mazelike style of writing in the case of Faulkner, and other reasons. Some can even be physically painful to slog through like Moby Dick, which I tried to get through and failed utterly. But there are also many gems that flow beautifully and are not difficult to read like Candide, The Catcher in the Rye, Native Son, and 1984. I highly recommend this list, if only so that people will appreciate the diversity and influence of these great writers.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Novels   Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:27 pm

what i have read:
Animal Farm George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lord of the Flies William Golding
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
1984 George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
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PostSubject: Re: Best Novels   Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:29 pm

I has read:
Huckleberry Finn
The Great Gatsby
Jane Eyre
Grapes of Wrath
Things Fall Apart
Native Son
1984
Last of the Mohicans
On the Road
Frankenstein
Catcher in the Rye

And maybe a half of Brothers Karamazov. I think.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Novels   Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:45 pm

wow, i haven't been keeping my list updated... i've read 30 from the first list and 20 from the second. of course of those are overlaps..
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