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Yet another "100 greatest books" list...

Marc___

New Member
... at which time I hope you will be providing an English translation of the French rejoinder above that made you feel so good?

The pleasure of providing a satisfactory pleading was sufficient : my homeostasis is now fully restored ; there is no need to be understood :p
 

sparkchaser

Administrator and Stuntman
Staff member
I understood that, Marc.

Don't be a stranger to BAR. I look forward to more posts from you.
 

SFG75

Well-Known Member
Marc-you should have been well pleased by the inclusion of #29 on the list. Every list is subjective, but that is what makes for some good "discussion.";) I would argue that the wrong Marx book was added as #30. The Wealth of Nations is head and shoulders above either one of those works, as history has proven hands down, but I digress.

What other works do you feel should have been included?
 

Marc___

New Member
Marc-you should have been well pleased by the inclusion of #29 on the list. Every list is subjective, but that is what makes for some good "discussion.";) I would argue that the wrong Marx book was added as #30. The Wealth of Nations is head and shoulders above either one of those works, as history has proven hands down, but I digress.

What other works do you feel should have been included?

There is subjective and subjective ; about 80% of the list consists in english books, the rest being mostly classics from the Antiquity. How can someone believe that such a patently overblown proportion can be representative of the humanity's literary heritage? To me, this list is nothing more then a reminiscence from a strong imperialistic past ; how else could I explain the ostentatious absence of writers such as Molière, Hugo, Balzac, Baudelaire, Montaigne, Rimbaud, Zola, Proust, Voltaire etc etc. ( I am only speaking for french literature as it is the only one that i know well enough to take a stand for)

I'm am not even glad about Rousseau if you ask me :p His Confessions, and even his Rêveries were far more groundbreaking then the Social contract ; the first is often mentioned as being the first modern autobiography, and it is a pleasure to read tant pour des raisons sociologiques que littéraires et philosophiques. Also, why the Social Contract and not the Emile? The latter one has also had a lasting influence in children pedagogy...

I am not going to elaborate for every addition that I would make to the list, as this post has already taken a lot of my time, but a palmarès without Baudelaire's Fleurs du mal , Montaigne's Essays, Laclos Liaisons dangereuses (?), and nothing from the authors mentionned above could hardly pretend to be complete to me (especially when it lacks Balzac!)
 
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