Monday, December 8, 2008

List-o-Phile Monday

Continuing the 1,001 Books list…here are the fifth group of 100 from the 1900s (reverse chronological order). NOTE: on these posts, red (or a link) indicates that I've read it)

The 2000s
The first 100 of the 1900s
The second 100 of the 1900s
The third 100 of the 1900s
The fourth 100 of the 1900s
  1. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  2. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
  3. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
  4. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
  5. The End of the Road – John Barth
  6. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  7. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  8. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
  9. Voss – Patrick White
  10. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
  11. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
  12. Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  13. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  14. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  15. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  16. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
  17. Justine – Lawrence Durrell
  18. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  19. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
  20. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
  21. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  22. The Floating Opera – John Barth
  23. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  25. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  26. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
  27. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
  28. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  29. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis
  30. The Recognitions – William Gaddis
  31. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
  32. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
  33. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
  34. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
  35. The Story of O – Pauline Réage
  36. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  37. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  38. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
  39. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
  40. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
  41. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
  42. Watt – Samuel Beckett
  43. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  44. Junkie – William Burroughs
  45. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  46. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  47. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  48. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  49. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  50. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  51. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
  52. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
  53. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  54. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  55. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  56. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  57. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  58. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  59. The Rebel – Albert Camus
  60. Molloy – Samuel Beckett
  61. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  62. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
  63. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
  64. The Third Man – Graham Greene
  65. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
  66. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
  67. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
  68. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  69. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
  70. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
  71. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
  72. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
  73. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
  74. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
  75. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
  76. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  77. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
  78. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
  79. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
  80. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  81. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  82. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
  83. The Victim – Saul Bellow
  84. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
  85. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
  86. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
  87. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
  88. The Plague – Albert Camus
  89. Back – Henry Green
  90. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
  91. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andric
  92. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  93. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  94. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  95. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  96. Loving – Henry Green
  97. Arcanum 17 – André Breton
  98. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
  99. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
  100. Transit – Anna Seghers

3 comments:

Robby Virus said...

I think you mean books from the 1900s, and not the 1990s, right?

Some great books on this list!

Kristin said...

haha Oh yes! 1900s :-)

There ARE some great books on the list...some different ones that I never heard of before. But as with every list, you have the stinkers, and the ones that don't make sense. For example, 10 by J.M. Coetzee. But Sophie's Choice and The Naked and the Dead didn't make the cut. There are a number of obvious ommissions.

I think what is interesting is how heavy the list is towards the last half of the 20th century. I believe we think of 19th (and earlier) century literature being so much better overall than 20th century literature is because the stinkers of those by-gone eras have already fallen away, and we're left with the good stuff. That hasn't happened yet for a lot of 20th century works. In 100 or 200 years, will people still care about Memoirs of a Geisha? Maybe, but I doubt it.

Robby Virus said...

That's a really good point about the stinkers falling away as time goes by. But you think a list editor would realize that and try to do some actual editing to compensate.

And yes, those omissions are striking.