Thursday, January 6, 2011

And I Call Myself A Literature Major

I'm pathetic, mainly because Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of All Time has me cowering in shame. There are 100 books in the list, and I've read three! Three!

And I call myself a literature major.

Dickens must be turning in his grave.

For those of you who are curious, here's the list:
  1. ULYSSES by James Joyce
  2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
  6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
  7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
  9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
  10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
  11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry
  12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler
  13. 1984 by George Orwell
  14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
  15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
  16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
  17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers
  18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
  20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
  21. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
  23. U.S.A.(trilogy) by John Dos Passos
  24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
  25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster
  26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James
  27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James
  28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell
  30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford
  31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell
  32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James
  33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser
  34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
  35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner
  36. ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
  37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder
  38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster
  39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin
  40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
  41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
  42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey
  43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell
  44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley
  45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway
  46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad
  47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad
  48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence
  49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence
  50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller
  51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer
  52. PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth
  53. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov
  54. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner
  55. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac
  56. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett
  57. PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford
  58. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton
  59. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm
  60. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
  62. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
  63. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever
  64. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger
  65. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
  66. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham
  67. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
  68. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
  69. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton
  70. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell
  71. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes
  72. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul
  73. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
  74. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
  75. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh
  77. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce
  78. KIM by Rudyard Kipling
  79. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster
  80. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh
  82. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner
  83. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul
  84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen
  85. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad
  86. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
  87. THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett
  88. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
  89. LOVING by Henry Green
  90. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie
  91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell
  92. IRONWEED by William Kennedy
  93. THE MAGUS by John Fowles
  94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys
  95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
  96. SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron
  97. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
  99. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy
  100. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington
So, I've come up with a goal for 2011. I'm going to read 25 books in this list (at least!). Hopefully, I succeed.

What are you planning to read this year?


Amanda said...

This is a great list! I didn't realize how many classics are on it. I thought there were more modern books. I have to admit, there are some on here that I'm not at all interested in (like the James Joyce books or Clockwork Orange) but I've read only 24 and two partials off the list and should probably read more!

Sam said...

I'm ashamed to say I've only read 4. I recommend Animal Farm, that's one of my all-time favourites.

I much prefer the BBC Big Read's Top 100 list:
I'm 40+ on that one, which makes me feel a lot better!

Avid Reader said...

There are so many great books on this list! I have quite a few of them on my TBR. Good luck getting through 25 of them.

Eclectic Indulgence said...

I'm now up to 22 of these read. There are so many lists and I try to read a bunch on each... you may want to track your progress on a few lists... perhaps you're more well-read than you give yourself credit for.

My list:

Kerry said...

Not pathetic at all! I've only read 9, and only 3 if I don't count high school English class. Great list, though, and several titles on here I plan to read this year (with any time/luck/planning).

Shelley said...

I've read 25, but I've been using this list as a guide for a while, which makes 25 not sound like very much, LOL. Modern library also did a popular vote, and for a while I focused on books that were on both lists.
It should make you feel better to know that the list has only books published in English since 1900. I'm sure you've read many others that didn't qualify.
I have to give a shout out to my favorites on the list: The Grapes of Wrath, All the King's Men, and The House of Mirth.

Jillian said...

LOL. No shame, 3! I don't see a single title on this list I've read. (Also a lit major!) :P

James said...

You've chosen a worthy goal. The list has some great books and some of my favorites.

Kristi said...

Don't feel bad. I graduated from college seven years ago and I've only read five. I have a few others on my TBR list. Good luck!

Jenny O. said...

I've only read seven. But to make you feel a bit better, while these are all mostly classics, it's very bent to the American novels. If you're a big Dickens or Dostoevsky, or Hugo fan, (which takes a LOT of time), you're pretty much left out in the cold. I'd like to read a lot of these novels myself this year, and will try to get them in when I can. For sure, I'm reading Of Human Bondage and Wide Sargasso Sea.

Teacher/Learner said...

I'm also an English degree holder & ran quite short of my expectations with this list. Look on the bright side: there's still lots of great books to look forward to :D


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