Friday, November 18, 2005

top 100 novels of the 20th century (1923 to present)

here's my status on each of the novels:
(btw, I'll email you my .xls version of this list on request)...




The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow  
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren  
American Pastoral Philip Roth  
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser  
Animal Farm George Orwell started
Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara  
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Judy Blume  
The Assistant Bernard Malamud  
At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O'Brien  
Atonement Ian McEwan  
Beloved Toni Morrison  
The Berlin Stories Christopher Isherwood  
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler  
The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood  
Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy  
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh  
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder  
Call It Sleep Henry Roth  
Catch-22 Joseph Heller saw movie
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger read
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess read
The Confessions of Nat Turner William Styron  
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen unfinished
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon  
A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell  
The Day of the Locust Nathanael West started
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather  
A Death in the Family James Agee  
The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen  
Deliverance James Dickey saw movie
Dog Soldiers Robert Stone  
Falconer 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 saw movie
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck started
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon  
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald read
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh  
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers  
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene  
Herzog Saul Bellow started
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson  
A House for Mr. Biswas V.S. Naipaul audio
I, Claudius Robert Graves  
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace  
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison read
Light in August William Faulkner  
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis read
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov read
Lord of the Flies William Golding read
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien unfinished, saw movies
Loving Henry Green  
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis  
The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead  
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie  
Money Martin Amis  
The Moviegoer Walker Percy  
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf started
Naked Lunch William Burroughs  
Native Son Richard Wright  
Neuromancer William Gibson started
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro  
1984 George Orwell read
On the Road Jack Kerouac started
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey read
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 started
Possession A.S. Byatt  
The Power and the Glory Graham Greene  
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark  
Rabbit, Run John Updike  
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow  
The Recognitions William Gaddis  
Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett  
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates  
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles  
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut read
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson  
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth  
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner  
The Sportswriter Richard Ford  
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold John le Carre  
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway read
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston  
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe  
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee read
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf  
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller  
Ubik Philip K. Dick  
Under the Net Iris Murdoch  
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry saw movie
Watchmen Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
White Noise Don DeLillo  
White Teeth Zadie Smith  
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys  
  total read:   12
  total did something with:   27


Neighbour of Teh Hoors! said...

They did a similar thing in the UK a couple of years back. A lot were the same as yours which is quite interesting.
We had a lot of Dickens and Potter too!

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