Monday, November 10, 2008

List-o-Phile Monday

Continuing from last week's post on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die post, here are the first 100 books from the 1900s (running backwards)

  1. Timbuktu - Paul Auster
  2. The Romantics - Pakaj Mishra
  3. Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
  4. As If I Am Not There - Slavenka Drakulic
  5. Everything You Need - A.L. Kennedy
  6. Fear and Trembling - Amelie Nothomb
  7. The Ground Beneath Her Feet - Salman Rushdie
  8. Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
  9. Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
  10. Elementary Particles - Michael Houellebecq
  11. Intimacy - Hanif Kureishi
  12. Amsteram - Ian McEwan
  13. Cloudsplitter - Russell Banks
  14. All Souls Day - Cees Nooteboom
  15. The Talk of the Town - Ardal O'Hanlon
  16. Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
  17. Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingslover
  18. Galmorama - Bret Easton Ellis
  19. Another World - Pat Barker
  20. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
  21. Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho
  22. Mason & Dixon - Thomas Pynchon
  23. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
  24. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Goldne
  25. Great Apes - Will Self
  26. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan
  27. Underworld - Don DeLillo
  28. Jack Maggs - Peter Carey
  29. The Life of Insects - Victor Pelevin
  30. American Pastoral - Philip Roth
  31. The Untouchable - John Banville
  32. Silk - Alessandro Baricco
  33. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
  34. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
  35. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  36. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  37. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
  38. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  39. The Clay Machine Gun – Victor Pelevin
  40. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  41. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
  42. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  43. The Information – Martin Amis
  44. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  45. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
  46. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
  47. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  48. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  49. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
  50. The End of the Story – Lydia David
  51. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
  52. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
  53. Whatever – Michael Houellebecq
  54. Land – Park Kyong-ni
  55. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
  56. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  57. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
  58. City Sister Silver – Jachym Topol
  59. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  60. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  61. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
  62. Disappearance – David Dabydeen
  63. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  64. The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
  65. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  66. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  67. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
  68. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  69. Complicity – Ian Banks
  70. On Love – Alain de Botton
  71. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  72. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  73. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  74. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  75. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
  76. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  77. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  78. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  79. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Ozdamar
  80. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
  81. A Heart So White – Javier Marias
  82. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  83. Indigo – Marina Warner
  84. The Crow Road - Ian Banks
  85. Written on the Body - Jeanette Winterson
  86. Jazz - Toni Morrison
  87. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
  88. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg
  89. The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCable
  90. Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates
  91. The Heather Blazing - Colm Toibin
  92. Asphodel - H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  93. Black Dogs - Ian McEwan
  94. Hideous Kinky - Esther Freud
  95. Arcadia - Jim Crace
  96. Wild Swans - Jung Chang
  97. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
  98. Time's Arrow - Martin Amis
  99. Mao II - Don DeLillo
  100. Typical - Padgett Powell

3 comments:

Robby Virus said...

I really have a problem with this 1001 books I must read before I die list. I mean, 1001 books? That's a lot of books! Do I really need to read "American Psycho" before I die? I mean, really? "American Psycho"? I don't think so. The guy who made this list needed an editor. Tell him to call me back when it's down to 101...or at least when he's pared it down enough so that "American Psycho" and its peers aren't included.

Robby Virus said...

Sorry, that was a bit of a rant...

Kristin said...

It's a strange list. There's an explanation for how it was put together, I just don't remember what it was. I don't think that he really meant for anyone to read all 1,001...just to produce it as a guide. The title, obviously, is just for dramatic effect. There are actually sister books out there - 1,001 Movies, 1,001 Albums, etc.

Like most book lists, the only real value in them is to introduce a reader to new authors. Just because of this list, I've read some really great books, and discovered authors who I might/probably never would have encountered otherwise...Anna Seghers, Janice Galloway, Primo Levi, Radclyffe Hall, etc.

There are some real stinkers on the list too.