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Best Fiction of the 20th Century

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by -Carlos-, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. -Carlos-

    -Carlos- New Member

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    From the list of the best fiction of the 20th century, list those books you own and read. Mark the books read with the (R) indicator.

    Here is my list:

    • The Great Gatsby
    • 1984
    • Catch 22 (R)
    • The Grapes of Wrath
    • Lolita
    • Animal Farm
    • Lord of the Flies (R)
    • Slaughterhouse Five
    • Brave New World (R)
    • Invisible Man
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Beloved
    • On the Road
    • The Age of Innocence
    • A Farewell to Arms
    • The Old Man and the Sea (R)
    • A Clockwork Orange
    • The Good Earth
    • The World According to Garp
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    • Fahrenheit 451
    • The Handmaid's Tale
    • Tender is the Night
    • Of Mice and Men (R)
    • All the King's Men
    • The Jungle
    • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    • The Fountainhead
    • A Room With a View
    • A Confederacy of Dunces (R)
    • Angle of Repose
    • Rabbit, Run
    • The Shipping News
    • Watership Down (R)
    • A Prayer for Owen Meany
    • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    • Main Street
    • The Remains of the Day (R)
    • East of Eden (R)
    • The Stand
    • The Adventures of Augie March
    • The Bell Jar (R)
    • A Thousand Acres
    • The Beautiful and Damned
    • Breathing Lessons (R)
    • The Accidental Tourist
    • The Pearl
     
  2. Vanilla

    Vanilla New Member

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    I would have to say my list would go like this:

    1. Lord of the Flies
    2. To KIll a Mockingbird
    3. The Hobbit
    4. The Stand
    5. 1984
     
  3. erin1980

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    from the list, I have read: * indicates book that would make it on my 'best' list

    Great Gatsby
    1984
    Catch 22
    Grapes of Wrath
    Animal Farm
    Lord of the Flies
    Catcher in the Rye
    Slaughterhouse Five*
    Brave new world
    On the Road
    My Antonia
    Clockwork Orange
    Call of the Wild
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    As I lay Dying
    Of Mice and Men
    The Jungle
    Fountainhead
    Confederacy of Dunces
    Rabbit Run
    Atlas Shrugged
    Portnoy's Complaint*
    Naked Lunch
    White Noise*
    The Moviegoer
    Sheltering Sky
    Johnny Got His Gun*
    The Pearl
     
  4. dovener's cape

    dovener's cape New Member

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    *Catcher in the Rye (not on original list)
    The Great Gatsby
    1984 (we'll meet in a place where there is no darkness)
    Catch 22
    The Grapes of Wrath (to be read)
    Animal Farm
    Slaughterhouse Five (so it goes...)
    Brave New World
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    On the Road (currently reading)
    A Farewell to Arms (HATED with a deep burning passion)
    A Clockwork Orange
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (probably my favorite book of all time)
    Fahrenheit 451
    Tender is the Night
    Of Mice and Men
    A Confederacy of Dunces
    Main Street (haven't read this but I recommend "It Can't Happen Here" by the same author Sinclair Lewis. great story about totalitarian regime coming to America. written right before WWII)
    East of Eden (to be read)
    The Stand (to be read)
    The Beautiful and Damned
    * Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald: short story rather than a book but, in my opinion, the best thing Fitzgerald ever wrote.
     
  5. Wells83

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    Currently Reading:
    Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich
    I have read:

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

    Lolita, Vladimir Nabakov

    Lord of the Flies, William Golding

    Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

    Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

    The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

    My Antonia, Willa Cather

    Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

    Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

    The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

    Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

    Lady Chatterly's Lover, D. H. Lawrence

    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

    The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

    House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

    Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

    A Separate Peace, John Knowles

    Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons

    The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

    The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

    Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

    Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

    Are You There God, It's Me Margaret, Judy Blume
     
  6. silverseason

    silverseason New Member

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    Currently Reading:
    Usually one fiction/novel and one nonfiction.
    It's a good list. I have read:

    [*]The Great Gatsby
    [*]1984
    [*]The Grapes of Wrath
    [*]Animal Farm
    [*]Brave New World (R)
    [*]Invisible Man
    [*]To Kill a Mockingbird
    [*]Beloved
    [*]The Age of Innocence
    [*]A Farewell to Arms
    [*]The Good Earth
    [*]The World According to Garp
    [*]Fahrenheit 451
    [*]The Handmaid's Tale
    [*]All the King's Men
    [*]The Jungle
    [*]A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    [*]A Room With a View
    [*]Angle of Repose
    [*]Rabbit, Run
    [*]Main Street
    [*]The Remains of the Day (R)
    [*]The Adventures of Augie March
    [*]The Bell Jar (R)
    [*]A Thousand Acres
    [*]Breathing Lessons (R)
    [*]The Accidental Tourist
     
  7. SFG75

    SFG75 Well-Known Member

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    Here is my list:


    • [*]The Great Gatsby
      [*]1984
    • Catch 22 (R)
      [*]The Grapes of Wrath
      [*]Lolita
      [*]Animal Farm
      [*]Lord of the Flies (R)
      [*]Slaughterhouse Five
      [*]Brave New World (R)
    • Invisible Man
      [*]To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Beloved
    • On the Road
    • The Age of Innocence
    • A Farewell to Arms
      [*]The Old Man and the Sea (R)
    • A Clockwork Orange
    • The Good Earth
    • The World According to Garp
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
      [*]Fahrenheit 451
    • The Handmaid's Tale
    • Tender is the Night
    • Of Mice and Men (R)
    • All the King's Men
    • The Jungle
    • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
      [*]The Fountainhead
    • A Room With a View
      [*]A Confederacy of Dunces (R)
    • Angle of Repose
    • Rabbit, Run
    • The Shipping News
    • Watership Down (R)
    • A Prayer for Owen Meany
    • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    • Main Street
    • The Remains of the Day (R)
    • East of Eden (R)
    • The Stand
    • The Adventures of Augie March
    • The Bell Jar (R)
    • A Thousand Acres
    • The Beautiful and Damned
    • Breathing Lessons (R)
    • The Accidental Tourist
    • The Pearl
    [/QUOTE]


    Wow, quite a list. I would add Atlas Shrugged, along with The Fountainhead. I'm quite shocked The Jungle or any one of Theodore Dreiser's books didn't make it.
     
  8. ewomack

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    The ones I've cognitively ingested are below:

    1. Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
    2. 1984, Orwell
    3. Animal Farm, Orwell
    4. Catcher In The Rye, Salinger
    5. Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut
    6. Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
    7. The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway
    8. The World According to Garp, Irving
    9. Winnie the Pooh, Milne
    10. Satanic Verses, Rushdie
    11. Dune, Herbert
    12. Hound Of The Baskervilles, Doyle
    13. Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Adams
    14. Cat's Cradle, Vonnegut
    15. Midnight's Children, Rushdie
    16. The Sheltering Sky, Bowles
    17. Things Fall Apart, Achebe

    17 out of 223? I'd better quit my job and start reading...
     
  9. PipPirrip

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    Interesting Aqua - you rate Gatsby but haven’t read it! Get out there right now and buy it!

    From the list, books that blew me away:

    Gatsby
    Lolita - but this is probably the one book I hesitate before recommending
    Animal Farm
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Rebecca - excellent, but not Du Maurier’s best (IMO) - I think both My Cousin Rachel & Scapegoat are better
    Of Mice and Men
    Heart of Darkness
    I Claudius - but how much is down to Derek Jacobi :)
    Watership Down
    Dune - yes it is somewhat misogynistic, but it has a good plot and pacing and I think is well written
    Wind in the Willows - not a great book - but my favourite lines
    The Old Wives’s tale - but again not the best Bennett
    The Big Sleep - In my all time top three: Great plot, characters, style and my favourite genre.
    The Agony & The Ecstasy

    So-So - Books that didn’t really move me

    1984
    Call of the wild
    Invisible Man - but this one gets points for being innovative. Having said that I preferred War of the Worlds
    The Godfather
    Maltese Falcon
    HHGTTG
    Kim
    Catch 22
    Lion, Witch & Wardrobe
    Hobbit
    Handmaid’s Tale
    Slaughterhouse 5
    Brave new World
    Lord of the Rings

    Hmm - I must have missed the point as I don’t rate them

    World according to Garp - Just didn’t like this, but I was young when I read it
    Lord of Flies - I am always curious about this book - I love “The inheritors’, but this one always leaves me cold. What do fans get from this?
    Cat’s Cradle
     
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    Started off strong, finished weak.
     
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    A little clarification: the link is not to a list of "the best fiction of the 20th century", but to "The Best English-Language Fiction of the Twentieth Century".

    And unless Aquablue is suggesting that there's not one good piece of fiction that's been written in any language other than English between 1900 and 2000, then I would suggest that even Aquablue doesn't really think that it's a list of "the best fiction of the 20th century".
     
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    Good one Sybarite,and to think you are the first to notice!:)
     
  13. ewomack

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    I don't know!!!! Yet...
    The page header of the link clearly says "English-Language," so I had no problems with it.
     
  14. erin1980

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    We noticed it's a list of best english-language fiction, no body cared, It's a fun little exercise. There are thousands of 'best' lists out there. The point of this thread is: here's a list of books - which ones have you read - which of these books would be put on your personal 'best' list. Play the game or get off the thread. you can go feel superior elsewhere.
     
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    jizzz!
    your here 3 days and you want to kick me out already!
    let's say i did not notice because i did link.My fault entirely!
     
  16. erin1980

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    No, I want to kick people off who want to argue about the list rather than just play the game. Every thread is full of people's overinflated ego's arguing and then the origional point of the thread is forgotten.

    And yes, I see the irony in my adding to the problem. Over.
     
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    hey ,i vote for you as a moderator!all i line ,no messing,....
     
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    I've read the following:


    • 1984
    • The Grapes of Wrath
    • Lord of the Flies
    • The Old Man and the Sea
    • Fahrenheit 451
     
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    Currently Reading:
    The Famous Five series - Enid Blyton
    I've read the following:

    Nineteen Eighty Four-Orwell, George
    Grapes of Wrath, The-Steinbeck, John
    Animal Farm-Orwell, George
    Lord of the Flies-Golding, William
    Catcher in the Rye, The-Salinger, J. D.
    To Kill a Mockingbird-Lee, Harper
    Charlotte's Web-White, E. B.
    Hobbit, The-Tolkien, J. R. R.
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest-Kesey, Ken
    Handmaid's Tale, The-Atwood, Margaret
    Of Mice and Men-Steinbeck, John
    Fountainhead, The-Rand, Ayn
    Room With a View, A-Forster, E. M.
    Watership Down-Adams, Richard
    Roots-Haley, Alex
    Kane and Abel-Archer, Jeffrey
    Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The-Lewis, C. S.
    Bonfire of the Vanities-Wolfe, Tom
    Separate Peace, A-Knowles, John
    Wind in the Willows, The-Graham, Kenneth
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The-Adams, Douglas
    Stand, The-King, Stephen
    Bell Jar, The-Plath, Sylvia
    Prince of Tides, The-Conroy, Pat
    Are You There God, It's Me Margaret-Blume, Judy
    Godfather, The-Puzo, Mario
     
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    Currently Reading:
    Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
    I've read:
    Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (did not like it)
    Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (did not like it)
    Lord of the Rings - J. R. R.Tolkien(liked it a bit)
    Hobbit- J. R. R. Tolkien(liked it)
    Winnie the Pooh -A. A. Milne(loved it)
    Lady Chatterley's Lover - D. H. Lawrence(did not like it)
    Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum(liked it)
    2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C.Clarke(liked it)
    Dune - Frank Herbert(liked it)
    Orlando - Virginia Woolf(did not understand)
    Arthur Conan Doyle -Hound of the Baskervilles(liked it)
    Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham(loved it)
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -Douglas Adams(loved it)
    Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs(liked it)
    French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles(did not like it)
     

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