Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Best Fiction of the 20th Century

Stanford's list of the Best Fiction of the 20th Century is quite extensive. I'm sad to note that there are quite a few on here that I haven't read... yet. Some I know I read but remember nothing about (Invisible Man and The Good Earth) and some I remember and love (Fahrenheit 451 and Watership Down).

Which ones have you read? Are there any you think should have been included but weren't?


Scott said...

I have read about a third of the books on the list. There were several books on there that I don't necessarily agree should be on the list but "best book" is very subjective. I think some that should have been included are "A Wrinkle in Time",I would have included at least one Dr. Seuss book,Something by Isaac Asimov, and finally The first Harry Potter.

Raspberry said...

I totally agree with A Wrinkle in Time - such a great book. I haven't read any Asimov yet, though. And I'm torn about Harry Potter, but I'm sure it will appear on future lists.

The Milk Crate said...

Not having read Harry Potter I can't say much, except I wouldn't put it on the list.

I would also take The Great Gatsby off the list as well as The Old Man and the Sea.

I don't remember liking The Good Earth either so it's also gone.

The Bald Monkey said...

I have read maybe ten books on that list and almost all of those were required reading for advanced English classes in high school.

Apart from required reading the only ones I have read would be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Lord of the Rings. Oh, and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I think it's totally awesome that it made their list!