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100 Best Books

I'm curious to know which books are missing from (and would merit inclusion in) this 2002 list based on a poll conducted with a participation of one hundred writers from fifty-four different countries.  The organizers of the poll did not rank the books saying that "they are all on an equal footing," with the exception of Don Quixote which they said was the "best literary work ever written."


I'm encouraged by the fact that a few of my favorite books are on this list and I've so far identified ten books that I would be interested in checking out at a library to see if I might want to actually read them.

Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (a trilogy) by Samuel Beckett http://www.jstor.org/stable/30225009?seq=1

Ficciones by  J.L. Borges http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/08/31/reviews/borges-labyrinths.html

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2021

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1400

Absalom, Abasalom! by William Faulkner http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/absalom/section1.rhtml

Stories http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/c#a708  by Anton Chekov

Ulysses by James Joyce  http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/ulysses/themes.html

Ulysses sounds like it might be a difficult read. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jrldv

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing  http://thegoldennotebook.org/

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/midnightschildren/themes.html  http://www.midnightschildren.com/

Memoirs of Hadrian by Margaret Yourcenar  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870411600457552228164397646...

P.S. Link to Top 100 from Project Gutenberg in terms of download frequency http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/scores/top

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What fun! I would add to that

What fun!

I would add to that list:

 Miss Garnet's Angel by Sally Vickers

How to Be an Alien by George Mikes

The Loop by Nicholas Evans

A Many-Splendoured Thing by Han Suyin.

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

In fact, all of Pushkin's poetry

La Princesse de Clèves by Mmme de Lafayette


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I wish

I wish I knew Russian but I should be able to read La Princesse de Cleves in French. :-)