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100 Novels Everyone Should Read

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May 2017
1:19pm, 3 May 2017
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westmoors
I'm just about to start Don Quixote.
May 2017
12:55am, 4 May 2017
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DazTheSlug
it starts really well! ;-)
Mar 2018
1:57pm, 1 Mar 2018
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DazTheSlug
7 more to end of Feb 2018:

1 re-read:
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - awful (don't get me started)

6 new:
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino - excellent (clever and funny)
Le Pere Goriot - Honoré de Balzac - excellent (fast-moving & short!)
Middlemarch - George Eliot - DNF (dull/slow)
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - meh (mundane)
The Red and the Black - Stendhal - superb - probably my fave "Old School" classic ever!
The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolaño - Masterpiece.

making 63...

another 8-10 lined up for 2018, but might start slowing down a bit after that as I reach the ones I don't really fancy...
Mar 2018
2:04pm, 1 Mar 2018
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fetcheveryone
You re-read a book that you thought was awful?
Mar 2018
2:37pm, 1 Mar 2018
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westmoors
This week I finished Ulysses by James Joyce. I would not recommend it ;-)
Mar 2018
2:43pm, 1 Mar 2018
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GlennR
Ulysses is easy. Read it quickly, in an Irish accent (inside your head ideally), and understand that it’s a comedy.
Jul 2019
12:02am, 17 Jul 2019
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DazTheSlug
update to end June 2019:

(marks out of 5)

7 re-reads:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain - 2.5
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carré - 5
1984 - George Orwell - 3.5
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - 4.5
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - 3
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Remarque - 5
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding - 5 (best old-school EVER!)

9 new:
Life: a User’s Manual - Georges Perec - 5 (truly AMAZING!)
In Search of Lost Time - Marcel Proust - DNF
Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis - 4
The Tale of Genji - Lady Murasaki - 5
The Home and the World - Rabindranath Tagore - 4
Disgrace - JM Coetzee - 4
The Glass Bead Game - Herman Hesse - 2 (nearly dnf-ed)
A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell - 3.5 having read first 3 books, but no inclination to read rest
The Rabbit books - John Updike- 3.5 having read first book ("Rabbit, Run"), but no inclination to read rest

total now 72

currently reading Ulysses,

will start Midnight's Children this month

4 more planned in 2019:
Suite Francaise - Irène Némirovsky
London Fields - Martin Amis
My Name Is Red - Orhan Pamuk
The Code of the Woosters - PG Wodehouse

5 more planned for 2020

really feel like I will finish this list!
Jul 2019
6:57am, 17 Jul 2019
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Northern Exile
Good to see a Bertie Wooster on the list. Pure escapism 🙂
Jul 2019
7:31am, 17 Jul 2019
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LindsD
London Fields :) :) :)
Jul 2019
9:55am, 17 Jul 2019
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Cerrertonia
Life: a user's manual is an amazing book.

There was a similar list of 100 books in Le Monde some years ago and it was the only post-1968 French language book to make the list.

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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