One Hundred Best Novels Since the Beginning of TIME


Here's the list, along with an explanation of how the editors of TIME MAGAZINE picked the best hundred novels since they began publication in 1923.


14. Well. 13 1/2. God, I hated The Corrections. I think my visceral loathing of it is a testament to Franzen's storytelling skills. What an icky icky family.

I think I'd prefer Starman over Preacher. Or maybe Astrocity.

Plus four started:
To the Lighthouse
Under the Volcano
Sound and the Fury

Not a bad list, I liked the inclusion of the two Pynchon novels and especially Infinite Jest (which I bought because of the original Time review). But Snow Crash? It's about Stephenson's fifth best novel behind the trilogy and Cryptonomicon...

As for Dick: Ubik would be lucky to be in his top ten: Scanner Darkly, VALIS, Martian Time Slip, Do Androids Dream..., Flow My Tears..., Man in the High Castle are all better novels, just off the top of my head.

Tokenism. As if they thought "hey, we need one of those graphic novel things". Not that it isn't a good choice, it is.

But I think either they include several graphic novels (Preacher? Invisibles? V for Vendetta? or some manga stuff?) or don't include any. Including one is just stupid.

53, I think, cringe. (That serial reading of everything by an author habit. Thirty years later I can't remember which Faulkner titles I read.) I need a life. Kenneth> once told me to stop reading for ten years and my writing would improve. I did not take his advice. Sorry.

I am attempting not to put in requests for the twenty or so I think I *should* have read. Instead, I am going to get serious about reducing the Bloglines logjam. Is 6,464 unread items possible?

I think you are right about the Boomerism. Middle-aged folk are ruling this planet. But there is nothing wrong with liking the Beatles.

American Tragedy, Are You There God…, The Assistant, Call It Sleep, Catcher in the Rye, Day of the Locust, Dog Soldiers, Grapes of Wrath, Handful of Dust, Invisible Man, The Lion, the Witch…, Lolita, Lord of the Flies, Lucky Jim, 1984, Naked Lunch, Painted Bird, Pale Fire, Possession, The Sportswriter, Things Fall Apart, To Kill a Mockingbird, Tropic of Cancer, Watchmen

I attribute much of this to having a long-lived book club!


I suprised myself, I read more than I thought I would've:

Animal Farm, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, 1984, On the Road , Lord of the Flies, Lord of the Rings, Catch-22, Catcher in the Rye, Grapes of Wrath and Invisible Man.

Judging by their picks, I'd guess Lev & Richard are baby boomers. I bet their "One Hundred Best Songs" would be full of The Beatles and Led Zepplin.

"What an icky icky family."

Well, now I don't have to feel guilty about not reading it.

Does it count if you've only seen the movie?


You called it! Joining in on the meme>

I've only read 5 of the novels on that list! And only one of them did I read voluntarily (Are you There God, it's me, Margaret). The rest (1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the flies and To Kill a Mockingbird) were all High School reads. Although, technically, I didn't finish Lord of the Flies--I hated it, only book in my HS career I wasn't able to read and had to buy Coles Notes for. So maybe I should say I've read 4.5...I hated To Kill a Mockingbird, too. The Orwell books I liked.

Although, looking through the list I see a bunch of books I've been meaning to read, but haven't gotten around to yet. Hmm, must put in requests for them once my PL's web catalogue is up and running...


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I ended up with 14 and about 6 or 7 of them I read for fun.

Realized C.S. Lewis was one of my reads. I read that as a child. I thought at the time it was ok, and like many children, had no idea the cute tale had a Christian allegory to it. As for LOTR, well, I read it before the films. Would like to hear also if people are so inclined what do they think should have made it to that list. It just seems so like the Modern Library's list a few years ago, namely...well, yawn?

I looked over the list, and I have read 19 of them. However, don't get too excited. I read them mostly for my classes in Literature for my graduate degree. The only ones I read voluntarily were the science fiction ones, Neuromancer and Snow Crash. I did like Midnight's Children, though I read it for a class. Would love to hear who else has read what. As for me, the others are on the perpetual list, namely, would love to read them, probably won't. And not apologizing for it. Best to all.

Whoops - just noticed the way they wrote TIME. Pfft!

Not one Jane Austen novel? Surely they jest?

If you go>, you will see the top-rated titles by readers. Looks like some high school classes are using this to vote already, since it looks like a YA reading list to me.

Took me a while to see how to rate something--you have to go to the link for each title from the main list. It's fun, let's face it. Another amoral Web 2.0-ish idea? Would we want this on our catalogs? Abuse could be tempting. Time isn't opening it up to reader reviews, like Open> has. They are asking for feedback on the list, but they haven't turned that into a forum.

Knock me over with a feather...