Comments on Best Books of the 20th Century - page 2

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message 51: by Sally (new)

Sally I would like to vote for The Kite Runner

message 52: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Fifth Business and What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies would be my picks.

message 53: by Brad (new)

Brad How to pick number one, two or even three? All of my favorite books have different reasons for being my favorite. Great writing, great story telling, great charactors, a tremendous sense of time a space. In no particular order, here are my top 10:
The Lord of the Rings
Blood Meridian
Angle of Repose
The Deptford Trilogy
Pillars of the Earth
East of Eden
The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay
The Stand
Crap - there are only about fifty more books I would like to add. I'll check myself again in a couple of years, hopefully something new I have read will compete for a top spot.

message 54: by Naeem (new)

Naeem These lists are the effects of whiteness.

message 55: by Jack (new)

Jack what about whatever that dan brown book was? that shit totes blew my mind.

message 56: by Brian (new)

Brian There are some limitations here. Several of my favorite books from the 20th Century are dated in the database according to the last pressing, not the first edition date. Therefore, neither of the Jeanette Winterson novels I wanted to vote for could count. Also, there are several 19th Century (or earlier) texts that have made the list because of the publication dates of reissues.

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Dunno, Bryan. I voted for several plays.

message 58: by Amy (new)

Amy Can we vote against some books? Because damn some of those books are awful.

message 59: by Terry (new)

Terry First of all, even though I enjoyed the Harry Potter books...please, they don´t belong on this list. The Sherlock Holmes Stories were written in the 19th Century. What a lame list. Glad to See Sophie`s Choice, Lonesome Dove and Unbearable Lightness, however. Still, lame list.

message 60: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Cat on Hot Tin Roof was most definately a 20th Century book, but when I tried to add it, it won't let me!

message 61: by Larry (new)

Larry Im done looking at these lists. They just annoy me because no one else agrees with me.

message 62: by Ken (new)

Ken Why are so many idiotic Ayn Rand books on this list? Is the Rand Foundation hosting the website?

message 63: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Anyone notice how closely this "Best of . . ." list resembles the "Worst Books" list?
They seem to cancel each other out.
And I think we got the idea about dating-errors in the list . . . enough said!

message 64: by Adam (new)

Adam Harry Potter? Are you kidding me? They may have gotten a bunch of people to read who nomally would not have, but there is no way three of those books should be in the top 100.

message 65: by Lauren (new)

Lauren hi

message 66: by Tom (new)

Tom Morris I'd like to vote for Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations as my number one book of the twentieth century. It was published in about 1953 (iirc), but I can't vote for it as Goodreads doesn't think it's twentieth century.

message 67: by Laura (new)

Laura Elizabeth Will my book ever make it??

message 68: by Novia (new)

Novia only 1 stephen king??? geeez

all harry potter and other sequel supossed to in 1 list.

message 69: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Pillars of the Earth is a great book!

message 70: by Jamie (new)

Jamie I'm glad The Red Tent made it on.

message 71: by Lisa (last edited Jan 06, 2009 06:26AM) (new)

Lisa This list doesn't go much deeper than browsing the list of New York Times Bestsellers.

message 72: by Kelsey (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:49AM) (new)

Kelsey what?! No "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates or anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald?!?!?!

message 73: by Enrique (new)

Enrique Peña Faltan algunos libros...

message 74: by Brydon (new)

Brydon No time to look at this in any detail - but of all the books I voted for, Blindness is the one which I would recommend most - partly because so many others people would already know. And of course I love Proust, but he's not easy reading ...

message 75: by Donna (new)

Donna Baier This is definitely one of the greatest. I have read it 3 times and plan on 10 more before I die.

message 76: by Donna (new)

Donna Baier A great story with a great lesson, no matter how old you are still entertaining.

message 77: by Chiri (new)

Chiri I thought we were voting on whether a book should be in the top 100, not whether it should be #1, which does not make sense to me--no one story could do that. This list features no historical novels. Hard as it would be to chose, Mary Renault's "The King Must Die", Robert Graves' "I Claudius," or Cecelia Holland's "Great Maria", could take that slot. I would also propose Jorge Amado "Gabriele Gove and Cinnamon" together with Wolfe's "Look Homeward, Angel" for the details of the good life, and how can we leave out humor: let's have Wodehouse's "Leave it to Psmith" and Thurber's and Maugham's short stories and, to get serious again, how could Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" or Sinclair's "Jungle" have been left out.

message 78: by Chiri (new)

Chiri Oh, and Roxanne is right about the Tin Drum.

message 79: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Perhaps the date of publication issue just highlights the fact that the really good fiction is universal and timeless and getting pedantic about dates just uses up valuable reading time.

message 80: by Julynn (new)

Julynn The author has been there and takes you with him in this story of the Holocaust.

message 81: by Faranya (new)

Faranya That, and the Kite Runner was just awful...

message 82: by Weedy (new)

Weedy couldn't find Salman Rushdie's "The Midnight's Children"

message 83: by Mr.B (new)

Mr.B Bebe wrote: "Um, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre are not 20th c reads. Come on guys!"

It would be fair to call these books "20th century reads"--as I imagine their readership remained strong throughout the century--just not "20th century books."

message 84: by Mr.B (new)

Mr.B Cindy wrote: "The Harry Potter books enticed countless numbers of kids, who would never normally pick up a book when they could be playing a video game, to read. In my opinion, any book or series of books, that ..."

So you would favor including the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books?

message 85: by Mr.B (new)

Mr.B Paula wrote: "I'm not really thrilled that the Harry Potter books made this list....they really don't belong here !

What about : The Red Tent by Diamont ??

: The Celestine Prophies ??


I agree for A Thousand Splendid Suns, but isn't it 21st century? The others you mentioned didn't impress me enough to be "great books."

message 86: by Mr.B (new)

Mr.B Roxanne wrote: "The Tin Drum must be among the top 100...BB"

I agree.

message 87: by Quinn (new)

Quinn Wifey wrote: "Why isn't Celine or Saint Exupéry or Borges on this list? I call bullshit. Or i don't know... Vonnegut?"
Saint Exupéry is here, at least. The Little Prince.

message 88: by Mr.B (last edited Mar 12, 2009 03:25PM) (new)

Mr.B Naeem wrote: "These lists are the effects of whiteness. "

Alex Haley, Roots
Toni Morrison, Jazz and Paradise
Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning
Louise Erdrich, The Master Butcher's Singing Club
Sandra Cisneros, Caramelo
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

message 89: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa I have read this book 6 times i absolutly adore it i first found it when i was in 5th grade it got me through some hard times.

message 90: by Phyllis (last edited Mar 02, 2009 11:39AM) (new)

Phyllis As a young child in the early 60's all the Little House books were my favs

message 91: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Sometimes the people that makes these lists do terrible jobs.

message 92: by [deleted user] (new)

If your thinking of writing the Great American Novel, stop, its been done and that book is "The Grapes of Wrath". The "Grapes of Wrath" captured forever an authentic piece of American history and left a record forever about what happened to some of the poorest of us during The Great Depression. It is an important work.

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message 94: by Byron (new)

Byron How is Lolita not in the top 5?

message 95: by Noor (new)

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message 96: by Elaine (new)

Elaine The Raj Quartet was published in the 1960's,so it is definitely a 20th century book. The London Times ranked it in its 100 best novels of the 20th Century, so I don't know why there's a note on my vote on the best 20th century books that says "not in this century."

message 97: by Robert (new)

Robert Hanna Tara Singh was one of the single solitary lives that changed those he came in contact with - for the better. His influence reached all ages and both sexes.
He will Google, and he goggled me and my life.

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Elaine - it's probably a publication date problem with the database. It won't let me vote, for example, in the 1930s List, for books that I know were first published in the 1930s.

message 99: by Jann (new)

Jann Did I miss "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The ordering is kinda out of wack right now, Jann; I know To Kill a Mockingbird is on the list because I voted for it.

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