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100 Novels Everyone Should Read

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Jan 2017
2:54pm, 16 Jan 2017
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My total is not quite as impressive as yours Daz. On 26 having just finished Cranford.
May 2017
4:00pm, 2 May 2017
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4 more to end April '17

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes - meh
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë - baaaaad (in a bad way)
Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf - SUPERB
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez - good

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May 2017
4:48pm, 2 May 2017
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I'd have picked Don Quixote as my favourite of those 4!
May 2017
4:50pm, 2 May 2017
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I mostly hated Mrs Dalloway
May 2017
7:20pm, 2 May 2017
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I heard The Hours on the radio the other day and remembered that I loved the book and meant to read MrsD. Mind you, my mental to-read list is rather long.
May 2017
9:22pm, 2 May 2017
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Ceratonia, me too. However, I'd concede that the second part is something of a challenge.
May 2017
9:26pm, 2 May 2017
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I often agree with Daz, but not on this occasion.

I actively disliked all the three Ginny Woolf's I've read. I think three is a fair chance. it was a long time ago but I'm not tempted to try again.

I love Wuthering Heights.
Have only read half of Don Quixote (in English)
One Hundred years .... meh.
May 2017
9:40pm, 2 May 2017
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Couldn't get into Wuthering Heights, although I really wanted to. Enjoyed 100 Years against expectations. Haven't read the other two although I've struggled with Virginia Woolf a couple of times.
May 2017
10:22pm, 2 May 2017
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Hated 100 years, as I think I may have mentioned.

Read Wuthering Heights at school. Liked it.
May 2017
12:45am, 3 May 2017
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I'd been putting off reading any Virginia Woolf, as I was fairly sure I wouldn't like her, but had my prejudice blown away!

when I decided, 3 years ago, to start reading "a few classics" VW was one of those (many)


looking back, I seem to have covered about 50 such:
(in no particular order)
Thomas Hardy
Emily Bronte
W. M. Thackeray
Angela Carter
Virginia Woolf
Ernest Hemingway
Gabriel García Márquez
Agatha Christie
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
D. H. Lawrence
Jeanette Winterson
Graham Greene
Thomas Mann
David Lodge
Jim Thompson
Martin Amis
Iris Murdoch
Mikhail Bulgakov
E. M. Forster
Ian McEwan
Hermann Hesse
Nancy Mitford
Elmore Leonard
Charlotte Bronte
Patricia Highsmith
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Albert Camus
Paul Auster
H. Rider Haggard
John le Carré
Will Self
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Malcolm Bradbury
Raymond Chandler
Julian Barnes
Muriel Spark
Dashiell Hammet
Roddy Doyle
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Henry James
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Leo Tolstoy
Nick Hornby
H. P. Lovecraft
Joseph Conrad
Franz Kafka
George Eliot
James Joyce
Jane Austen
Alexander Pushkin
mostly they've all been pretty good to excellent, very few duds (I've left a small no. of *really* bad ones off the list!), I guess classics become classics for a reason (duh!)

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