The 100 best novels

Robert McCrum (associate editor of the Observer) selects the definitive 100 novels written in English.

This list is a work in progress. Inclusions are revealed chronologically - on a weekly basis - on The Guardian's website.

Pretty PLEASE, don't add any titles. Thanks.

You may exclude any unwanted entries by going here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/user_v... =)
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100 books · 15 voters · list created September 23rd, 2014 by Kasper (votes) .
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message 1: by Eliana (new)

Eliana It looks as if a book not on the Guardian's list has been added (Gateway to Hope) and there's a gap - #s 91-93 are missing.

...only 3 more left to be revealed! I'm eager to see what is announced tomorrow!


message 2: by Kasper (new)

Kasper Thanks, Eliana. I've reported it to the librarians, so hopefully they will correct it soon.

I wonder what McCrum's two last picks will be!

Now that 'Blood Meridian' wasn't chosen, it would seem that Cormac McCarthy doesn't get a spot, and Pynchon hasn't made the list yet, either. But I suppose that 'Mason and Dixon', having been published the same year as 'Underworld', is still a possibility for next week.


message 3: by Eliana (new)

Eliana Kasper wrote: "Thanks, Eliana. I've reported it to the librarians, so hopefully they will correct it soon.

I wonder what McCrum's two last picks will be!

Now that 'Blood Meridian' wasn't chosen, it would seem t..."


Thanks, Kasper! ...and thank you for setting this up.

I've been fascinated by watching the selections come out bit by bit. It is not the list I would have made, but exploring McCrum's choices has exposed me to works I might not have encountered otherwise. (Nightmare Abbey, for example, which was a riot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which was better than I expected.)


message 4: by Kasper (new)

Kasper According to a quiz on the website, tomorrow's final pick by McCrum is neither Franzen's 'The Correctioners' nor Atwood's 'The Blind Assassin' but 'True Story of the Kelly Gang' by Peter Carey.

It seems to me that, like quite a few other titles on the list, it's a highly idiosyncratic choice. However, this unpredictability is what makes the list interesting, I guess...


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