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  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

    15 34.88%
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

    10 23.26%
  • Ulysses by James Joyce

    9 20.93%
  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

    2 4.65%
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

    12 27.91%
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    17 39.53%
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    8 18.60%
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot

    4 9.30%
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

    2 4.65%
  • The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

    2 4.65%
  • Emma by Jane Austen

    14 32.56%
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens

    5 11.63%
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    14 32.56%
  • The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by M. Twain

    32 74.42%
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

    3 6.98%
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    20 46.51%
  • Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

    4 9.30%
  • The Ambassadors by Henry James

    2 4.65%
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by G G Marquez

    9 20.93%
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

    30 69.77%
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

    8 18.60%
  • Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

    20 46.51%
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

    7 16.28%
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

    4 9.30%
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

    10 23.26%
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Thread: Have You Read the 25 Greatest Novels

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    Have You Read the 25 Greatest Novels

    Poll, let's say a good attempt counts. The source for the list is here and is arbitrary.

    Did you find any of these particularly good or particularly bad? Any one novel you think should be on this list?





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    I've read quite a few of those. One of the benefits of having spent so much time living out of a backpack is that dense fiction is always a good choice.

    I'm surprised that Camus and Hemingway are so far down the list but I'm not familiar with many of the titles. Crime and Punishment is a favorite, it's the novel that got me into Russians in the first place, all because of a Mountain Goats song.





    I'm moving into another period of life where I should have plenty of opportunity for reading. I'll have to dig into this a bit so I can turn my nose up with more vigor and frequency.

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    I've read one. Got halfway through crime and punishment, didn't like it. Read the great gatsby when I was 16 and loved it. Rest of these books do not interest me at all.
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    I thought Crime and Punishment is great. The ending makes the book for me, so I was surprised it's not uncommon for people to dislike or dismiss the ending. I've been saving The Brothers Karamazov for when I can read it undistracted.

    If I had to add a novel it would be Either/Or.

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    What counts as a 'good attempt'? Out of the hundred, I've read 5, and attempted about 30. Of those thirty, I put 29 down within the first 10-15 pages.

    Gatsby didn't interest me in the slightest in book form.

    Of those I've put down, I'd like to pick of The Brother's Karamazov again, but the others--meh. I learned my lesson with Frankenstein.

    Frankenstein was a shit book by shitty author and it's only value is in highlighting great mistakes in fiction writing, and worse mistakes in fiction analysis. The orthodox interpretation is so myopic it may as well be reading a different book.

    None of the other books pique my interest at all, now that I've dispensed with being curious about Pynchon.

    The list does do a great job of fitting Samuel Clemen's definition of a 'classic': "Something which everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."

    I sidestep it by not wanting to read them either.
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    i've read emma, the adventures of huckleberry finn, the great gatsby and crime and punishment, all during high school but only one was for a class.

    i'm not impressive and i don't care.

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    I didn't see The Grapes of Wrath, surely that should make the list.

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    Read 13 of the top 25.

    Not bad.

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    I read 3 in school - Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, and The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn.

    None of them must have made much of an impression on me because I can't remember the plot of any of them. I remember disliking all of the characters in The Great Gatsby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light Leak View Post
    I remember disliking all of the characters in The Great Gatsby.
    That's kind of the point.

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