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100 Novels Everyone Should Read

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Jul 2014
10:41pm, 16 Jul 2014
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Diogenes
Based on The Telegraph feature
telegraph.co.uk
which prompted blogs by Fetch himself, and McGoohan, I created an article
http://www.fetcheveryone.com/article-view.php?id=518
where we could collectively updated our read/dnf status on the novels therein.

I can't seem to get spaces between the lines to be rendered, so if someone cleverer than I could fix that, I'd be grateful.

It seems to me that these lists are always quite random and eclectic. We could easily come up with another 100, and the another. Also, whereas some authors are clearly associated with one significant book, others have wider canons of work. For example, I've read lots do Dickens, but never more than extracts from David Copperfield at school.
Jul 2014
10:47pm, 16 Jul 2014
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McGoohan
I think any such list is likely to be flawed - no-one is going to agree on the same 100 books for a kick-off, but as a suggestion I think they've done a pretty good job.

Many of the comments are of the 'why isn't my favourite author represented?' variety. Often they are, just not in the book they'd choose.
Jul 2014
10:50pm, 16 Jul 2014
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GlennR
Interesting. I completely agree about Eugene Onegin (Yevgeny Onegin as it hold be really) but wonder how many British people have actually read it. And has *anyone* read the whole of Remembrance of Time Past???

FWIW I did finish Ulysses. The trick is to read it fast and preferably in an Irish accent.
Jul 2014
10:50pm, 16 Jul 2014
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McGoohan
One for the talking book pile maybe? (Let someone else do all the hard work)
Jul 2014
10:51pm, 16 Jul 2014
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AngusClydesdale
I've started a form of formatting. I've done the first 5 or 6 but I'm not going to go through the whole lot unless you like it.

Let me know and, if needs be, I'll set my shoulder to the wheel.
Jul 2014
10:51pm, 16 Jul 2014
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McGoohan
I've been around the house locating copies of the unread ones tonight, one of which is Eugene Onegin.

My wife did a count-up and has read more of the list than me (2 more)
Jul 2014
10:55pm, 16 Jul 2014
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AngusClydesdale
I don't think I've read many; hang on while I have a count up.
Jul 2014
10:55pm, 16 Jul 2014
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GlennR
Onegin is easy, it's really a novella in verse form.
Jul 2014
11:05pm, 16 Jul 2014
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Diogenes
I've completed the formatting, which makes the article much easier to read. Thanks Angus!
Jul 2014
11:06pm, 16 Jul 2014
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GlennR
..and Crime and Punishment is well worth the effort, even though the ending blows goats (forgive the technical term - I have a degree in literature).

About This Thread

Maintained by Diogenes
Based on The Telegraph feature
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/4248401/100-novels-everyone...
Link to the article http://www.fetcheveryone.com/article-view.php?id=518

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