Tuesday, July 8, 2008

100 20th Century Fictions

I know I haven't review much lately, but I have some busy times at work and with the football European Championship in progress it wasn't much time left for other things. The European Championship is over now, at work still busy, with the possible business trip ahead (this Thursday I think), and I finished "Winterbirth" by Brian Ruckley. I work at my review right now and I think that it will be ready until tomorrow. Today I will try another meme, the list made by Larry and one that I find really interesting, even though I'm certain that I will do worse than the previous post.

The rules are the same:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own so we can try and track down these people who've read six and force books upon them.
And like yesterday I would mark those I like, because I still don't know how to underline here.

1. M. John Harrison, Viriconium
2. Steve Erickson, Arc d'X
3. Naguib Mahfouz, Children of the Alley
4. Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciónes
5. Julio Cortázar, Rayuela/Hopscotch
6. Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel
7. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
8. John Crowley, Little, Big
9. Stepan Chapman, The Troika
10. Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles *
11. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
12. José Saramago, Blindness
13. Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
14. John Dos Passos, Three Soldiers
15. Kashuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
16. Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun (series)
17. James Joyce, Ulysses
18. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
19. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
20. T.S. Eliot, "The Wastland" (poem)
21. Saul Bellow, The Victim
22. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
23. Jack Kerouac, On the Road
24. Samuel Delany, Dhalgren
25. Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness *
26. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland
27. Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again
28. Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun
29. Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
30. Pat Barker, Regeneration trilogy (series)
31. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-5
32. Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
33. Günter Grass, The Tin Drum
34. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
35. Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
36. F. Scott FitzGerald, Tender is the Night
37. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
38. Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon
39. Franz Kafka, The Trial
40. Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman
41. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
42. D.H. Lawrence, The Rainbow
43. Richard Wright, Native Son
44. Albert Camus, The Stranger
45. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
46. Sinclair Lewis, Main Street
47. Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
48. Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
49. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (series) *
50. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
51. Alice Walker, The Color Purple
52. Allen Ginsberg, "Howl" (poem)
53. James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain
54. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
55. Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men
56. William Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage
57. Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy
58. Joseph Heller, Catch-22
59. Frank Herbert, Dune
60. Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song
61. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
62. George Orwell, 1984 *
63. Bertold Brecht, The Threepenny Opera (play)
64. Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
65. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
66. E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
67. Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
68. William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner
69. Alejo Carpentier, The Lost Steps
70. Ernesto Sabato, On Heroes and Tombs
71. Mario Vargas Llosa, The War of the End of the World
72. Alexandr Soltzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
73. Isabel Allende, The House of Spirits
74. Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
75. Ivo Andrić, The Bridge on the Drina
76. Danilo Kiš, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich
77. Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars
78. Edward Whittemore, Jerusalem Quartet (series)
79. Patricia McKillip, The Riddle-Master trilogy (series)
80. Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
81. Ben Okri, The Famished Road
82. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
83. John Kennedy Toole, The Confederacy of Dunces
84. Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives (published in Spanish in 1998)
85. Angélica Gorodischer, Kalpa Imperial (1983 original edition in Spanish)
86. José María Arguedas, Deep Rivers
87. Toni Morrison, Beloved
88. Jack Vance, The Dying Earth (series)
89. Stanislaw Lem, Solaris
90. O. Henry, The Complete Short Stories of O. Henry
91. Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain
92. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
93. Jonathan Carroll, The Land of Laughs
94. Roberto Arlt, The Hunchback (short stories)
95. Octavia Butler, Lilith's Brood (series)
96. Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
97. Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
98. J.G. Ballard, The Best Short Stories of J.G. Ballard
99. Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find (short stories)
100. Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast (series)

17 out of 100, pretty bad. I know that I read other works of some authors from the list, but also I have to be honest and to admit that of some of them I didn't hear until now.

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