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Good writing and an inspiration for anyone who is just beginning to discover a love of books Each entry is accompanied by an authoritative Books You Must PDFEPUB #192 yet opinionated critical essay describing the importance and influence of the work in uestion Also included are publishing history and career details about the authors as well as reproductions of period dust jackets and book designs. I joined the 1001 Books group here on Goodreads thinking What a great way to get exposed to a ton of books so I thought I better take a look at the actual listPros Little descriptions of a lot of classic books Lots of books described here that I have never heard of and that I might not have known about otherwise In fact I may discover some new favorites through this list Also it appeals to my 12 year old self who loved to write lists of books I wanted to read Overall inspiring if seriously intimidatingCons 1001 books is actually a lot to read in a lifetime You d have to average about 25 books a year if you start at my age and live according to actuarial projections and keep in mind there are books like Gravity s Rainbow and Ulysses lurking in there to seriously slow you down I fancy myself uite well read basically because I have read Middlemarch ever since then I ve been uite full of myself but I ve read less than 5% of the books on this list I have a ways to go Also since the list naturally because the book had to be published at some point terminates in 2005 you d be pretty behind the times if you decided to ONLY read books on this list until you die Also many would argue with the actual list itself Why so much contemporary and thus not tried and true fiction Why is it almost all fiction for that matter Shouldn t you read some nonfiction before you die Also three Burroughs novels Doesn t that violate the Geneva Convention Certainly the 8th AmendmentWhat I m saying is that the premise of the book is obviously ridiculous Plainly this is not really a list of books you must read before you die that was probably the publishers catchy title anyway But if you don t take it too seriously this is fun to read fun to disagree with and fun to ignore I m inspired to try to pry my psyche out of the pre modern era however painful at least long enough to read one or two novels written post 1930 I m sure my psyche will scuttle back into its 19th century hole directly afterwards but I really should try to participate in the 21st century at least now and thenIn short a rolicking nerd fest for bookish people

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

For discerning bibliophiles and readers who You Must PDFEPUB #189 enjoy unforgettable classic literature Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written wordThe featured works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary. There are so many literary awards these days but I think the following notable achievements have been TOTALLY MISSED So here are the All Time Award winners Best Keith Richard impersonation W H AudenAward for the Best exotic dance Colette and Diablo Cody tieMost transgendered author Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary c est moi Ok if you say soCreepiest family portrait The FitzgeraldsMost ridiculous hats if that s what they are Rebecca West Author who most looked like their own books Jean RhysAuthor who least looked like their own books William BurroughsBest beard Samuel R DelanyCraziest beard Georges Perec Worst dancer Truman CapoteMost awed by his own talent Anthony BurgessBest fistfight between great authors Vargas Llosa versus Gabriel Garcia Maruez We give the award to the loserBest calypso singer Maya AngelouMost pretentious suit Tom WolfeBest interviewees Margaret Atwood and James Ellroy tie invite them on your chat show you ll get your money s worth I must have missed out some awards any suggestions

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Luminaries including Derek Attridge world expert on James Joyce Cedric 1001 Books MOBI #224 Watts renowned authority on Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene Laura Marcus noted Virginia Woolf expert and David Mariott poet and expert on African American literature among some twenty othersAddictive browsable knowledgeable Books You Must Read Before You Die will be a boon companion for anyone who loves. While I of course did not in any way expect to agree with EVERY novel or novella that chief editor and book compiler Peter Boxall has considered worthy of inclusion in his 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and although MANY of my personal favourites are indeed and happily present I do have three main and very personally uncomfortable issues with this tome which actually grate enough for me to now only consider a high one star rating at best a decent enough compilation and certainly useful to an extent but only to be recommended with very major caveats and reservations For one and for me personally very much annoyingly I actually consider the title 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die rather annoyingly and inappropriately misleading and the dictatorial tone than a trifle off putting as well because ALL of the literary works listed included are novels or novellas Now does this mean that Peter Boxall somehow does not consider dramatic works or poetry collections legitimate bona fide books I mean sorry but Johann Wolfgang von Goethe s Faust William Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet and Charles Baudelaire s Les Fleurs du Mal are if published in print format in every way as much a book as Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice Theodor Fontane s Effi Briest and Thomas Mann s Buddenbrooks And thus why this tome has NOT been titled something akin to 1001 Works of Prose You Must Read Before You Die I really do not even remotely understand for frankly when I ordered my copy of the book I originally and wrongly assumed that both poetry and drama would also be included the lack of which does rather majorly frustrate as the title as 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is in my opinion rather a falsehood as it absolutely does NOT make it clear that ALL of the included literature offerings are examples of prose are only novels and longer short stories and novellasFurther and for two while 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die claims to be international in scope there is at least in my opinion most definitely a decidedly American and United Kingdom bias shown by Peter Boxall And while with especially most of the United Kingdom with the England based novels I actually and in fact do heartily agree with them being included as books to must read I do think that especially earlier French and Spanish works of prose seem to have come than a bit short although I must admit that I am in fact pleasantly surprised at how many German language novelsnovellas are featured but be that as it may I still strongly think that 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die could be and really should be considerably universal and international for as it stands now it really does seem as though Peter Boxall thinks that American and United Kingdom authors are by nature somehow superior literature and culture wise and even if this might never have been his intention the feeling does permeate and remain throughoutAnd finally and I guess what actually has moved 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die from a low two star to a high two one star ranking for me is the massively infuriating fact of the matter that aside from Margaret Atwood Carol Shields and Yann Martel whose Life of Pi I personally in fact and indeed cannot stand and I also have to wonder if Boxall even considers Martel as Canadian since he was born in Spain Canadian literature has been pretty well totally ignored Also why does Peter Boxall have to include SEVEN Margaret Atwood novels Yes she is a talented Canadian author but there are so many other Canadian authors eually as talented Where is Margaret Laurence Where is Timothy Findley Where is WO Mitchell Where is Hugh McLennon Where is Alice Munro Where are the many excellent uebecois Francophone authors And I could go on as Canada has a rich and varied literary tradition and that Peter Boxall obviously rather believes that only Margaret Atwood and to a certain extend Carol Shields and perhaps Yann Martel are worthy of inclusion in his 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die that they supposedly somehow represent Canadian Literature well I find this naively blinkered to the extreme and actually rather ill read as well as totally utterly insulting And while I do in fact occasionally browse through 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die I actually and generally ONLY tend to make use of it to check information and plot summaries of books with which I am already familiar that I have already read and not so much for finding new reading material as I just do not in any way consider 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die an acceptable book resource as there is just too much missing and too much of a USA and United Kingdom bias for me


10 thoughts on “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

  1. says:

    Edited 8 11 2010 to add Comment no 4 below in response to Paul's follow up uestionFirst of all don't tell me what I must do before I dieJust fuck off At Paul's behest I'm writing my reactions to this list not really the bo

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    There are so many literary awards these days but I think the following notable achievements have been TOTALLY MISSED So here are the All Time Award winners Best Keith Richard impersonation W H AudenAward for the Best exotic dance Colette and Diablo Cody tieMost transgendered author Gustave Flaubert“Madame Bovary c’est moi” Ok if you s

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    Has anyone thought of this already? Surely they haveI wonder if it would be possible here on Goodreads to have a page listing all the 1001 books and here's the thing links to our own reviews of them maybe with a limit in the case of famous books with a zillion reviews It would be an interesting resource and wo

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    As a contributor to this and having seen a few of the reviews I thought I could clear a few things up 1 The title – The publisher commissioned this book as part of its larger series of 1001before you die Having this before you die was a decision made in the publishingmarketing section as it was decided it would sell betterget discussion going It is also obviously a little tongue in cheek books rather than novels as novels was s

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    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewOnly For Slackers 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Pet

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    While I of course did not in any way expect to agree with EVERY novel or novella that chief editor and book compiler Peter Boxall has considered worthy of inclusion in his 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and although MANY of my personal favourites are indeed and happily present I do have three main and ve

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    1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die An Indispensable GuideOf course I didn't read this 960 page behemoth in one day As a matter of fact the selected edition is the second of two copies in my library my personal one and the one I share with my dearest reading friend and partner LyndaRather this is my indispensable guide to broadening my literary horizons The pictured edition is that published by Cassell in

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    I joined the 1001 Books group here on Goodreads thinking What a great way to get exposed to a ton of books so I thought I better take a look at the actual listPros Little descriptions of a lot of classic books Lot

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    Yeah I know we GR readers already have too many books on our To Reads list As I get older my literary tastes change I've been a little disgruntled with reading lately and thought I'd check this reference guide out The first thing I did was t

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    Love this book and I can see me returning to it again and again It`s not going to help me lessen my to read list though

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