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The 100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century

In 2000, the publishing giant Random House assembled a board of authors and literary critics to list the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

The Zeray Gazette blog has the list (of which I reprinted the top 10) and I'm sad to say that I've only read 4 of these:

1. (1922) Ulysses James Joyce
2. (1925) The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. (1916) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
4. (1955) Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
5. (1932) Brave New World Aldous Huxley
6. (1929) The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
7. (1961) Catch-22 Joseph Heller
8. (1940) Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
9. (1913) Sons and Lovers D. H. Lawrence
10. (1939) The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

How many of the 10 (and 100) have you read? And what's missing from the list? Link


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I'm not going to be pretentious and say how many of the books on the list I've read, but I will say that any list without Tolkein - whose work is the greatest, bar-none, of the twentieth century - or the living master/human word-safe, Cormac McCarthy, is petty, and, to say the least, uninspired.
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i have read four. Novel in English language has remained a weaker genre as compared to Russian,French and Spanish author who could encompass bigger characters in larger environment and place them in the conflict which thrived at all levels.
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