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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add votes at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 252: by [deleted user] (new)

Will do. Sorry for my windy comment.


message 253: by Abdulkarim (new)

Abdulkarim Ojair yes, Naguib Mahfouz is an Arab, but he's not listed here


message 254: by Abdulkarim (new)

Abdulkarim Ojair Pankeka wrote: "Tendré que revisar esta lista con cuidado... busco recomendaciones! :D"

the novel is ''Struggle of Thebes""


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Abdulkarim wrote: "yes, Naguib Mahfouz is an Arab, but he's not listed here"

You could add his books.


message 256: by Abdulkarim (new)

Abdulkarim Ojair Abdulkarim wrote: "Pankeka wrote: "Tendré que revisar esta lista con cuidado... busco recomendaciones! :D"

the novel is ''Struggle of Thebes"""


how?


message 257: by Lada (new)

Lada It seems that most of the best literature ever written came from USA ????
No shit!


message 258: by Abbeylou7 (new)

Abbeylou7 I LOVED Chronicles of Narnia and it deserves to be up there. I am perfectly happy with the list!


message 259: by [deleted user] (new)

Narnia has my vote as well!! A joyful experience. I think the author C.S. Lewis is Anglo-Irish, but perhaps I am wrong.


message 260: by Abbeylou7 (new)

Abbeylou7 I just watched the movies, but the books are WAY better!


message 261: by Carol (new)

Carol Steve wrote: "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 ?..."



message 262: by Carol (new)

Carol definitely agree with 'red tent'


message 263: by DiNoSaUrS (new)

DiNoSaUrS Anne Frank <3


message 264: by Julia (new)

Julia Uhmmm.... It's been said a lot so far but, really, Joyce's "Ulysses" -as well as many other books- are NOT from the 20th century. I feel ashamed because I voted for Joyce -as I'm currently reading it and like it a lot- and it was only then I realised something was not quite right........
Fix it.


message 265: by Atiqur (new)

Atiqur Ronnie Ashley wrote: "There are a lot of those 19th century books, but now there are also many that are 21st century as well i.e. The Host and the most recent Harry Potter books. Is there any way to delete them?"

Agreed


message 266: by Harry (last edited May 26, 2012 12:45PM) (new)

Harry What about anything from the truest 20th Century literature form, the comic book? Practically anything from Alan Moore should be considered for the list, specially Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Sin City book one: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller, Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware, Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and any Tin Tin book by Hergé. Don't discriminate them because they have dialog bubbles, they're truly outstanding literature.


message 267: by Kate (new)

Kate Oh dear, I forgot I was going through a list of '20C books'! But definitely some – great books though they are – should not be here as they're too old or young. Can the moderators look the list over?


message 268: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Renee Over 2,000 people think that Harry Potter was written in the 20th century. You do know this is the 21st century, right?


message 269: by Lilac (new)

Lilac Stacy wrote: "Over 2,000 people think that Harry Potter was written in the 20th century. You do know this is the 21st century, right?"

The first three books in the Harry Potter series were written in the 20th century - 1997,1998 and 1999


message 270: by Jetdrvr (new)

Jetdrvr Wifey wrote: "Why isn't Celine or Saint Exupéry or Borges on this list? I call bullshit. Or i don't know... Vonnegut?"

St. Exupery is on the list. Twice. The Little Prince and Wind, Sand and Stars.


message 271: by Jetdrvr (new)

Jetdrvr Marcus wrote: "Did I miss Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture?

Pretty big book of the 90's...it, ya know, coined the name ofr an entire generation...

There's a lot of books on this list, I could have..."


It's there.


message 272: by Ana (new)

Ana I miss more works by William Faulkner. Where is "Absalon, Absalon!", where is "As I lie dying", where is "Light in August"?
Were we choosing the best literature of the gratest money-makers within literature? I ask this because I am astonished at so many "Harry Potters" and so few Margaret Atwoods (The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace).


message 273: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Briggs Wifey wrote: "Why isn't Celine or Saint Exupéry or Borges on this list? I call bullshit. Or i don't know... Vonnegut?"

Borges and Vonnegut are both on there, more than once for each of them...


message 274: by The (new)

The Walrus Faulkner's best is The Unvanquished.


message 275: by Ana (new)

Ana Yes, "The Unvanquished" is fab. Like "Intruder in the Dust". However, my top favourite continues to be "Absalom, Absalom!"


message 276: by Roberta (new)

Roberta McDonnell bryan wrote: "It's called the "best books" of the 20th century, so why does everyone seem to be restricting themselves to novels?"

I just added R. D. Laing stuff - 20th cenutry genius


message 277: by Jane (new)

Jane Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released in 2000.


message 278: by Travis (new)

Travis Gary wrote: "Jane Austen? Oscar Wilde? Louisa May Alcott? Charles Dickens? William Shakespeare? Alexandre Dumas? Bram Stoker's Dracula?

None of those are 20th century."


Yes, apparently some of our readers are veritable geniuses.


message 279: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Steffanci It doesn't make sense including the entire Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Same with The Lord of the Rings and the books separately. Go with one or the other


message 280: by Donna (new)

Donna It is true Henry James' novels should be a part of this list!


message 281: by Lucille (new)

Lucille Kightlinger So many books missing. Who makes up the list


message 282: by Brad (new)

Brad I can't find Kundera or Mishima in the top 600, giving up.


message 283: by Brad (new)

Brad Harry wrote: "What about anything from the truest 20th Century literature form, the comic book? Practically anything from Alan Moore should be considered for the list, specially Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Sin ..."

"truest 20th century literature form" — what?


message 284: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) not the most well-designed list, for sure. Tried to add Simple Prayers, by Michael Golding, which was published in 1996, and it was rejected as being not from the 20th century.


message 285: by Jeff (new)

Jeff bryan wrote: "It's called the "best books" of the 20th century, so why does everyone seem to be restricting themselves to novels?"

That's all most people ever read...


message 286: by Jill (new)

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

I totally agree. Excellent book, worthy of being here!


message 287: by [deleted user] (new)

Please remove "Ulysses", you're insulting it horribly, that's not cool at all


message 288: by Rosie (new)

Rosie Delrosario really Charlie and the choc factory,green eggs and ham,the lorax on the same list as Lord of the Rings.....I think not,how do they compare?
In my literal world ,they dont.


message 289: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Day Gary wrote: "Jane Austen? Oscar Wilde? Louisa May Alcott? Charles Dickens? William Shakespeare? Alexandre Dumas? Bram Stoker's Dracula?

None of those are 20th century."


Yes, some of these books I saw I wasn't sure were in the 20th century. Like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Didn't that come out in 2000 or something?


message 290: by Scott (new)

Scott Ioulia wrote: "Uhmmm.... It's been said a lot so far but, really, Joyce's "Ulysses" -as well as many other books- are NOT from the 20th century. I feel ashamed because I voted for Joyce -as I'm currently reading ..."

why do people keep saying this? You know the 20th century is the 1900s, right? Joyce published "U" in 1922, or thereabouts, and the story takes place in 1904. If you're reading it, why don't you look on the copyright page?


message 291: by Andi (new)

Andi Gary wrote: "Jane Austen? Oscar Wilde? Louisa May Alcott? Charles Dickens? William Shakespeare? Alexandre Dumas? Bram Stoker's Dracula?

None of those are 20th century."


I agree! Why is this?


message 292: by [deleted user] (new)

Who the fuck would honestly think "Harry Potter" is better than Joyce, Faulkner, or Kafka? Idiots and teenager are the only people I could imagine, and they should not be talking about 20th century lit.

And fuck "To Kill a Mockingbird"


message 293: by Diego (new)

Diego Lustosa Seriously? Paulo Coelho, among the best ones? You gotta be kidding me.


message 294: by ϟEvelynϟ (new)

ϟEvelynϟ The Perks of Being a Wallflower!!


message 295: by Jason (new)

Jason Harry Potter has no place being on this list, but the majority of the others seems to be good choices, especially the top 50. I disagree with The Stand also. I wouldn't put any of King's books up there, but if I did it would the The Shining or Misery, not The Stand.


message 296: by Leszczynska (new)

Leszczynska Who created this list? As previously mentioned, a lot of these weren't written in the 20th century. I also don't relate to many of the titles as the "best" of the 20th century. Really? The "best"? How disappointing.


message 297: by Alex (new)

Alex Cross Yukiko wrote: "Who created this list? As previously mentioned, a lot of these weren't written in the 20th century. I also don't relate to many of the titles as the "best" of the 20th century. Really? The "best"? How disappointing. "

Yukiko, please leave a note for a librarian to delete any entries which weren't published in the 20th century.

As for who created this list, nearly 29 thousand people created it. The rankings are the collective opinion of all those voters. Obviously the more voters in any list, the more likely that better-known books will rise to the top. A million Goodreads members have read To Kill A Mockingbird, fewer than a thousand have read Beware of Pity. It is the same with all mass-participation lists (e.g. the IMDb Top 250).


message 298: by Ali (last edited Jan 15, 2013 04:03PM) (new)

Ali Now this is a list that actually contains good books.

"Best Books Ever" is a joke. The Hunger Games isn't exactly the best book of all time.


message 299: by Chris (new)

Chris Pearse I can't believe that to kill a mocking bird isn't in the top 50, let alone the top 200! Really?!


message 300: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 17, 2013 07:09AM) (new)

Chris wrote: "I can't believe that to kill a mocking bird isn't in the top 50, let alone the top 200! Really?!"

Um, it'spaced at number 1on this list; not sure how you missed that

That said, it doesn't deserve to be placed on such a list; it's manipulative tripe that manages to combine to a bullshit view of innocence and weak themes of prejudice into a work of incredibly mediocre writing I'd expect the average high schooler capable of. I thought goodreads would be able to see beyond such a weak effort of coming of age story/social commentary and give the number 1 spot to something good like "Ulysses" or "Catch-22", but I was wrong; I guess the mindset of a 10-year old who hasn't read any other book and declares TKaMB to be the "best book ever" is still very much imbedded in the average reader.


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