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  • Peter Boxall
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  • 03 April 2017
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  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 book but give me a break the book is just a bunch of pretty pictures and blurbs defending their idiotic choices What's important is this shit for brains listComment no 1 First they need a subtitle for

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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”

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    Has anyone thought of this already? Surely

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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 bef

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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 Peter BoxallOriginal Review 2010 04 18I found this list rather heavy on very recent fiction There is al

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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 very personally uncomfortable issues with this tome which actually grate enough for me to now only consider a high one star ratin

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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 an

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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 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 boo

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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 be

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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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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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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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. 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 would encourage people to review those which haven t got any reviews at all say for instance The Taebek Mountains by Jo Jung rae or Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga It would add to the GR fray and that is what we are here for the frayHISTORY OF THE THREE EDITIONS OF 1001 BOOKS IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERINGif you weren t wondering then move along nothing to see here this is for terminal list geeks onlyThe original edition came out in 2006 and got a lot of stick for its eurocentricity and eccentricity what 10 Coetzee novels and 8 McEwans It looked a little like bribery and corruption or maybe the editorial board had just gone mad So in 2008 they rethought the whole list 282 books were dumped and new ones added 2008 additions1 Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2 Falling Man Don DeLillo 3 Animal s People Indra Sinha4 Carry Me Down MJ Hyland5 The Kindly Ones Jonathan Littell6 The Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai7 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid8 Against the Day Thomas Pynchon9 Mother s Milk Edward St Aubyn10 The Accidental Ali Smith11 Measuring the World Daniel Kehlmann12 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian Marina Lewycka13 Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky14 2666 Roberto Bolano15 Small Island Andrea Levy16 The Swarm Frank Schatzing17 The Book about Blanche and Marie Per Olov Enuist18 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay Michael Chabon19 The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst20 Vernon God Little DBC Pierre21 The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri22 A Tale of Love and Darkness Amos Oz23 Lady Number Thirteen Jose Carlos Somoza24 The Successor Ismail Kadare25 Snow Orhan Pamuk26 Your Face Tomorrow Javier Marias27 I m Not Scared Niccolo Ammaniti28 Soldiers of Salamis Javier Cercas29 Bartleby and Co Enriue Vila Matas30 In Search of Klingsor Jorge Volpi31 The Museum of Unconditional Surrender Dubravka Ugresic32 Pavel s Letters Monika Moron33 Dirty Havana Trilogy Pedro Juan Gutierrez34 Savage Detectives Roberto Bolano35 The Heretic Miguel Delibes36 Crossfire Miyuki Miyabe37 Margot and the Angels Kristien Hemmerechts38 Money to Burn Ricardo Piglia39 Fall on Your Knees Ann Marie MacDonald40 A Light Comedy Eduardo Mendoza41 Democracy Joan Didion42 The Late Night News Petros Markaris43 Troubling Love Elena Ferrante44 Santa Evita Tomas Eloy Martinez45 Our Lady of the Assassins Fernando Vallejo46 The Holder of the World Bharati Mukherjee47 Waiting for the Dark Waiting for the Light Ivan Klima48 Remembering Babylon David Malouf49 The Twins Tessa de Loo50 Deep Rivers Shusaku Endo51 The Adventures and Misadventures of Maroll Alvaro Mutis52 The Dumas Club Arturo Perez Reverte53 The Triple Mirror of Self Zulfikar Ghose54 All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy55 Memoirs of Rain Sunetra Gupta56 Uncle Petros and Goldbach s Conjecture Apostolos Doxiadis57 Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas58 Astradeni Eugenia Fakinou59 Faceless Killers Henning Mankell60 The Laws Connie Palmen61 The Daughter Pavlos Matesis62 The Shadow Lines Amitav Ghosh63 The Great Indian Novel Shashi Tharoor64 Gimmick Joost Zwagerman65 Obabakoak Bernardo Atxaga66 Inland Gerald Murnane67 The First Garden Anne Herbert68 The Last World Christoph Ransmayr69 Paradise of the Blind Duong Thu Huong70 All Souls Javier Marias71 Black Box Amos Oz72 Ballad for Georg Henig Viktor Paskov73 Kitchen Banana Yoshimoto74 Of Love and Shadows Isabel Allende75 The Beautiful Mrs Seidenman Andrzej Szczypiorski76 Ancestral Voices Etienne van Heerden77 Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy78 Annie John Jamaica Kincaid79 Simon and the Oak Trees Marianne Fredriksson80 Half of Man is Woman Zhang Xianliang81 Professor Martens Departure Jaan Kross82 The Young Man Botho Strauss83 Love Medicine Louise Erdrich84 Larva Midsummer Night s Babel Julian Rios85 The Witness Juan Jose Saer86 The Christmas Oratorio Goran Tunstrom87 Fado Alexandrino Antonio Lobo Antunes88 The Book of Disuiet Fernando Pessoa89 Baltazar and Bleminda Jose Saramago90 Memory of Fire Eduardo Galeano91 Couples Passerby Botho Strauss92 The House with the Blind Glass Windows Herbjorg Wassmo93 The War of the End of the World Mario Vargas Llosa94 Leaden Wings Zhang Jie95 Clear Light of Day Anita Desai96 Smell of Sadness Alfred Kossmann97 Southern Seas Manuel Vazuez Montalban98 Fool s Gold Maro Douka99 So Long a Letter Mariama Ba100 A Dry White Season Andre Brink101 The Back Room Carmen Martin Gaite 102 The Beggar Maid Alice Munro 103 Reuiem for a Dream Hubert Selby Jr 104 The Wars Timothy Findley 105 uartet in Autumn Barbara Pym 106 The Engineer of Human Souls Josef Skvorecky 107 Blaming Elizabeth Taylor 108 Almost Transparent Blue Ryu Murakami 109 Kiss of the Spider Woman Manuel Puig 110 Woman at Point Zero Nawal El Saadawi 111 The Commandant Jessica Anderson 112 The Year of the Hare Arto Paasilinna 113 The Port Antun oljan 114 The Dispossessed Ursula K Le Guin 115 The Diviners Margaret Laurence 116 Day of the Dolphin Robert Merle 117 The Optimist s Daughter Eudora Welty 118 The Twilight Years Sawako Ariyoshi 119 Lives of Girls and Women Alice Munro 120 Cataract Mykhailo Osadchyi 121 A World for Julius Alfredo Bryce Echeniue 122 Play It As It Lays Joan Didion 123 Fifth Business Robertson Davies 124 Jacob the Liar Jurek Becker 125 Here s to You Jesusa Elena Poniatowska 126 Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih 127 The Case Worker Gyorgy Konrad 128 Moscow Stations Venedikt Erofeyev 129 Heartbreak Tango Manuel Puig 130 The Cathedral Oles Honchar 131 The Manor Isaac Bashevis Singer 132 Z Vassilis Vassilikos 133 Miramar Naguib Mahfouz 134 To Each His Own Leonardo Sciascia 135 Marks of Identity Juan Goytisolo 136 Silence Shusaku Endo 137 Death and the Dervish Mesa Selimovic 138 Closely Watched Trains Bohumil Hrabal 139 Back to Oegstgeest Jan Wolkers 140 Gardens Ashes Danilo Kis 141 Three Trapped Tigers Guillermo Cabrera Infante 142 Dog Years Gunter Grass 143 The Third Wedding Costas Taktsis 144 Time of Silence Luis Martin Santos 145 The Death of Artemio Cruz Carlos Fuentes 146 The Time of the Hero Mario Vargas Llosa 147 Memoirs of a Peasant Boy Xose Neira Vilas 148 No One Writes to the Colonel Gabriel Garc a M ruez 149 The Shipyard Juan Carlos Onetti 150 Bebo s Girl Carlo Cassola 151 The Magician of Lublin Isaac Bashevis Singer 152 God s Bits of Wood Ousmane Sembene 153 Halftime Martin Walser 154 Down Second Avenue Es kia Mphahlele 155 Gabriela Clove and Cinnamon Jorge Amado 156 Deep Rivers Jose Maria Arguedas 157 The Guide RK Narayan 158 The Deadbeats Ward Ruyslinck 159 The Birds Tarjei Vesaas 160 The Glass Bees Ernst Junger 161 The Manila Rope Veijo Meri 162 The Devil to Pay in the Backlands Joao Guimaraes Rosa 163 The Burning Plain Juan Rulfo 164 The Tree of Man Patrick White 165 The Mandarins Simone de Beauvoir 166 A Day in Spring Ciril Kosmac 167 Death in Rome Wolfgang Koeppen 168 The Sound of Waves Yukio Mishima 169 The Unknown Soldier Vaino Linna 170 The Hothouse Wolfgang Koeppen 171 The Lost Steps Alejo Carpentier 172 The Dark Child Camara Laye 173 Excellent Women Barbara Pym 174 A Thousand Cranes Yasunari Kawabata 175 The Hive Camilo Jose Cela 176 Barabbas Par Lagerkvist 177 The Guiltless Hermann Broch 178 Ashes and Diamonds Jerzy Andrzejewski 179 Journey to the Alcarria Camilo Jose Cela 180 In The Heart of the Sea Shmuel Yosef Agnon 181 This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen Tadeusz Borowski 182 Froth on the Daydream Boris Vian 183 Mida Alley Naguib Mahfouz 184 Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantz kis 185 House in the Uplands Erskine Caldwell 186 Andrea Carmen Laforet 187 Bosnian Chronicle Ivo Andri 188 The Death of Virgil Hermann Broch 189 The Tin Flute Gabrielle Roy 190 Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 191 Chess Story Royal Game Stefan Zweig 192 Broad and Alien is the World Ciro Alegria 193 The Harvesters Cesare Pavese 194 The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead 195 Alamut Vladimir Bartol 196 On the Edge of Reason Miroslav Krleza 197 The Blind Owl Sadegh Hedayat 198 Ferdydurke Witold Gombrowicz 199 War with the Newts Karel Capek 200 Ricksaw Boy Lao She201 Untouchable Mulk Raj Anand 202 The Bells of Basel Louis Aragon 203 On the Heights of Despair Emil Cioran 204 The Street of Crocodiles Bruno Schulz 205 Man s Fate Andr Malraux 206 Cheese Willem Elsschot 207 Joseph and His Brothers Thomas Mann 208 Viper s Tangle Francois Mauriac 209 The Return of Philip Latinowicz Miroslav Krleza 210 The Forbidden Realm J Slauerhoff 211 Insatiability Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz 212 Monica Saunders Lewis 213 I Thought of Daisy Edmund Wilson 214 Retreat Without Song Shahan Shahnur 215 Some Prefer Nettles Junichiro Tanizaki 216 The Case of Sergeant Grischa Arnold Zweig 217 Alberta and Jacob Cora Sandel 218 Under Satan s Sun Georges Bernanos 219 The New World Henry Walda Sellasse 220 Chaka the Zulu Thomas Mofolo 221 The Forest and the Hanged Liviu Rebreanu 222 Claudine s House Colette 223 Kristin Lavransdatter Sigrid Undset 224 Life of Christ Giovanni Papini 225 The Storm of Steel Ernst Junger 226 The Underdogs Mariano Azuela 227 Pallieter Felix Timmermans 228 The Home and the World Rabindranath Tagore 229 Platero and I Juan Ramon Jimenez 230 The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge Rainer Maria Rilke 231 Solitude Victor Catala 232 The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler 233 The Call of the Wild Jack London 234 Memoirs of My Nervous Illness Daniel Paul Schreber 235 None But the Brave Arthur Schnitzler 236 The Tigers of Momopracem Emilio Salgari 237 Dom Casmurro Joauim Maria Machado de Assis 238 Eclipse of the Crescent Moon Geza Gardonyi 239 As a Man Grows Older Italo Svevo 240 The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D Annunzio 241 Pharaoh Boleslaw Prus 242 Compassion Benito Perez Galdos 243 The Viceroys Federico De Roberto 244 Down There Joris Karl Huysmans 245 Thais Anatole France 246 Eline Vere Louis Couperus 247 Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov 248 The Manors of Ulloa Emilia Pardo Bazan 249 The uest Frederik van Eeden 250 The Regent s Wife Leopoldo Alas 251 The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas Joauim Maria Machado de Assis 252 The Crime of Father Amaro Jose Maria Eca de ueiros 253 Pepita Jimenez Juan Valera 254 Martin Fierro Jose Hernandez 255 Indian Summer Adalbert Stifter 256 Green Henry Gottfried Keller 257 The Devil s Pool George Sand 258 Facundo Domingo Faustino Sarmiento 259 A Hero of Our Times Mikhail Yurevich Lermontov 260 Camera Obscura Hildebrand aka Nicolaas Beets 261 The Lion of Flanders Hendrik Conscience 262 Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin 263 A Life of a Good for Nothing Joseph von Eichendorff 264 The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr ETA Hoffman 265 Michael Kohlhaas Heinrich von Kleist 266 Henry von Ofterdingen Novalis 267 A Dream of Red Mansions Cao Xuein 268 Anton Reiser Karl Philipp Moritz 269 The Adventures of Simplicissimus Hans von Grimmelshausen 270 The Conuest of New Spain Bernal Diaz del Castillo 271 The Travels of Persiles and Sigismunda Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 272 Thomas of Reading Thomas Deloney 273 Monkey Journey to the West Wu Cheng en 274 The Lusiad Luis Vaz de Camoes 275 The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes Anonymous 276 Amadis of Gaul Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo 277 Le Celestina Fernando de Rojas 278 Tirant lo Blanc Joanot Martorell 279 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Luo Guanzhong 280 The Water Margin Shi Nai an 281 The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 282 The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter AnonymousThen only two years later a third edition another revamp but only ELEVEN titles were changed that s weirdIN1 Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery 2 The Children s Book AS Byatt 3 Invisible Paul Auster 4 An American Rust Philipp Meyer 5 Cost Roxana Robinson 6 The White Tiger Aravind Adiga 7 Home Marilynne Robinson 8 Kieron Smith Boy James Kelman 9 The Gathering Anne Enright 10 The Blind Side of the Heart Julia Franck 11 The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot DiazOUT1 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid2 Animal s People Indra Sinha 3 The Kindly Ones Jonathan Littell 4 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian Marina Lewycka 5 Small Island Andrea Levy 6 The Plot Against America Philip Roth 7 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay Michael Chabon8 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mark Haddon 9 Islands Dan Sleigh 10 The Heart of Redness Zakes Mda 11 Small Remedies Shashi Deshpande AND NOW A REVIEW OF THE ACTUAL BOOKThis is like porn for us book geek types it s so pretty and it s full of sexy pix of books in all states of dress some with their jackets on some off some bound some unbound And lotsa pix of authors too although you know authors are usually not the most gorgeous of people and if you think that s stereotypical this book is here to prove it Exception Edna O Brien total babeAnyway this 1001 Books tome did turn my head when it was first published It didn t however make me read anything I wasn t going to which I guess is its point Or maybe its point is just to lie in the corner of your room and purr Everybody will be shouting at this book before long as they look through it along the lines of what s this You ve got three in here by Douglas Adams and NONE by Roddy Doyle you arrant dunderheads I mean Douglas Adams is good for one but not three And if Douglas Adams then Garrison Keillor Each book gets about 300 words which editor Peter Boxall describes like this What each entry does is to respond with the cramped urgency of a deathbed confession to what makes each novel compelling to what it is about each novel that makes one absolutely need to read it But you know they don t actually do that It s just another pretty lie 1001 books it s a lot If you had the time and money to read every one at a rate of one per week you d need 19 and a uarter years so you better get going But unless you re in a cult you aren t going to do that The pre 1700 section in particular is strictly for students of literature I stick my neck out and say that very few will be reading Euphues The Anatomy of Wit by John Lyly or Aithiopika by Heliodorus for fun And then the dogged reader will be coming up against the rarely scaled Everests of literature such as Dorothy Richardson s Pilgrimage 13 vols thousands of pages or Proust likewise or Infinite Jest one volume 1100 pages Each of which are going to take you 3 6 months solid Rules are broken randomly the word books certainly appears to euate to novels in here BUT Like Life by Lorrie Moore is included a collection of short stories not a novel So okay why no Raymond Carver America s greatest short story writer Stupid bastards And sometimes it s hard to see that the reviewer even likes the book in uestion The Secret History is described as uality trash for highbrows Or take this As with his other writing The Book of Laughter and Forgetting raises uestions about the representation of female characters and invites accusations of latent misogyny These are valid objections that may engender fruitful considerations of this novel as a historical document as much as a work of experimental fiction Well that s hardly an enthusiastic endorsementSome authors are wildly over represented such as J M Coatzee Ian McEwan and Paul Auster all of which have titles in here than Henry James It s interesting to check if the Booker Prizewinners are included 20 are out of 37 and there are some strange omissions no room for Vernon God Little uite right too or The True History of the Kelly Gang Sacred Hunger nothing at all by Barry Unsworth in fact what s wrong with him he s great you dunderheads The Famished Road or Hotel du Lac So this is a guide with enough in it to get everyone s backs up and please hardly anyone except Coatzee and McEwan fans Therefore I recommend it for everyone but particularly those who have just been sentenced to a long stretch of solitary confinement Having said that please check out my GR friend Ellen s fantastically vitriolic review I don t agree with her but her views are BRACING One Breathless Night / Insatiable you weren t wondering then move along nothing to see here this is for terminal list geeks onlyThe original edition came out in 2006 and got a lot of stick for its eurocentricity and eccentricity what 10 Coetzee novels and 8 McEwans It looked a little like bribery and corruption or maybe the editorial board had just gone mad So in 2008 they rethought the whole list 282 books were dumped and new ones added 2008 additions1 Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2 Falling Man Don DeLillo 3 Animal s People Indra Sinha4 Carry Me Down MJ Hyland5 The Kindly Ones Jonathan Littell6 The Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai7 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid8 Against the Day Thomas Pynchon9 Mother s Milk Edward St Aubyn10 The Accidental Ali Smith11 Measuring the World Daniel Kehlmann12 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian Marina Lewycka13 Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky14 2666 Roberto Bolano15 Small Island Andrea Levy16 The Swarm Frank Schatzing17 The Book about Blanche and Marie Per Olov Enuist18 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay Michael Chabon19 The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst20 Vernon God Little DBC Pierre21 The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri22 A Tale of Love and Darkness Amos Oz23 Lady Number Thirteen Jose Carlos Somoza24 The Successor Ismail Kadare25 Snow Orhan Pamuk26 Your Face Tomorrow Javier Marias27 I m Not Scared Niccolo Ammaniti28 Soldiers of Salamis Javier Cercas29 Bartleby and Co Enriue Vila Matas30 In Search of Klingsor Jorge Volpi31 The Museum of Unconditional Surrender Dubravka Ugresic32 Pavel s Letters Monika Moron33 Dirty Havana Trilogy Pedro Juan Gutierrez34 Savage Detectives Roberto Bolano35 The Heretic Miguel Delibes36 Crossfire Miyuki Miyabe37 Margot and the Angels Kristien Hemmerechts38 Money to Burn Ricardo Piglia39 Fall on Your Knees Ann Marie MacDonald40 A Light Comedy Eduardo Mendoza41 Democracy Joan Didion42 The Late Night News Petros Markaris43 Troubling Love Elena Ferrante44 Santa Evita Tomas Eloy Martinez45 Our Lady of the Assassins Fernando Vallejo46 The Holder of the World Bharati Mukherjee47 Waiting for the Dark Waiting for the Light Ivan Klima48 Remembering Babylon David Malouf49 The Twins Tessa de Loo50 Deep Rivers Shusaku Endo51 The Adventures and Misadventures of Maroll Alvaro Mutis52 The Dumas Club Arturo Perez Reverte53 The Triple Mirror of Self Zulfikar Ghose54 All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy55 Memoirs of Rain Sunetra Gupta56 Uncle Petros and Goldbach s Conjecture Apostolos Doxiadis57 Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas58 Astradeni Eugenia Fakinou59 Faceless Killers Henning Mankell60 The Laws Connie Palmen61 The Daughter Pavlos Matesis62 The Shadow Lines Amitav Ghosh63 The Great Indian Novel Shashi Tharoor64 Gimmick Joost Zwagerman65 Obabakoak Bernardo Atxaga66 Inland Gerald Murnane67 The First Garden Anne Herbert68 The Last World Christoph Ransmayr69 Paradise of the Blind Duong Thu Huong70 All Souls Javier Marias71 Black Box Amos Oz72 Ballad for Georg Henig Viktor Paskov73 Kitchen Banana Yoshimoto74 Of Love and Shadows Isabel Allende75 The Beautiful Mrs Seidenman Andrzej Szczypiorski76 Ancestral Voices Etienne van Heerden77 Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy78 Annie John Jamaica Kincaid79 Simon and the Oak Trees Marianne Fredriksson80 Half of Man is Woman Zhang Xianliang81 Professor Martens Departure Jaan Kross82 The Young Man Botho Strauss83 Love Medicine Louise Erdrich84 Larva Midsummer Night s Babel Julian Rios85 The Witness Juan Jose Saer86 The Christmas Oratorio Goran Tunstrom87 Fado Alexandrino Antonio Lobo Antunes88 The Book of Disuiet Fernando Pessoa89 Baltazar and Bleminda Jose Saramago90 Memory of Fire Eduardo Galeano91 Couples Passerby Botho Strauss92 The House with the Blind Glass Windows Herbjorg Wassmo93 The War of the End of the World Mario Vargas Llosa94 Leaden Wings Zhang Jie95 Clear Light of Day Anita Desai96 Smell of Sadness Alfred Kossmann97 Southern Seas Manuel Vazuez Montalban98 Fool s Gold Maro Douka99 So Long a Letter Mariama Ba100 A Dry White Season Andre Brink101 The Back Room Carmen Martin Gaite 102 The Beggar Maid Alice Munro 103 Reuiem for a Dream Hubert Selby Jr 104 The Wars Timothy Findley 105 uartet in Autumn Barbara Pym 106 The Engineer of Human Souls Josef Skvorecky 107 Blaming Elizabeth Taylor 108 Almost Transparent Blue Ryu Murakami 109 Kiss of the Spider Woman Manuel Puig 110 Woman at Point Zero Nawal El Saadawi 111 The Commandant Jessica Anderson 112 The Year of the Hare Arto Paasilinna 113 The Port Antun oljan 114 The Dispossessed Ursula K Le Guin 115 The Diviners Margaret Laurence 116 Day of the Dolphin Robert Merle 117 The Optimist s Daughter Eudora Welty 118 The Twilight Years Sawako Ariyoshi 119 Lives of Girls and Women Alice Munro 120 Cataract Mykhailo Osadchyi 121 A World for Julius Alfredo Bryce Echeniue 122 Play It As It Lays Joan Didion 123 Fifth Business Robertson Davies 124 Jacob the Liar Jurek Becker 125 Here s to You Jesusa Elena Poniatowska 126 Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih 127 The Case Worker Gyorgy Konrad 128 Moscow Stations Venedikt Erofeyev 129 Heartbreak Tango Manuel Puig 130 The Cathedral Oles Honchar 131 The Manor Isaac Bashevis Singer 132 Z Vassilis Vassilikos 133 Miramar Naguib Mahfouz 134 To Each His Own Leonardo Sciascia 135 Marks of Identity Juan Goytisolo 136 Silence Shusaku Endo 137 Death and the Dervish Mesa Selimovic 138 Closely Watched Trains Bohumil Hrabal 139 Back to Oegstgeest Jan Wolkers 140 Gardens Ashes Danilo Kis 141 Three Trapped Tigers Guillermo Cabrera Infante 142 Dog Years Gunter Grass 143 The Third Wedding Costas Taktsis 144 Time of Silence Luis Martin Santos 145 The Death of Artemio Cruz Carlos Fuentes 146 The Time of the Hero Mario Vargas Llosa 147 Memoirs of a Peasant Boy Xose Neira Vilas 148 No One Writes to the Colonel Gabriel Garc a M ruez 149 The Shipyard Juan Carlos Onetti 150 Bebo s Girl Carlo Cassola 151 The Magician of Lublin Isaac Bashevis Singer 152 God s Bits of Wood Ousmane Sembene 153 Halftime Martin Walser 154 Down Second Avenue Es kia Mphahlele 155 Gabriela Clove and Cinnamon Jorge Amado 156 Deep Rivers Jose Maria Arguedas 157 The Guide RK Narayan 158 The Deadbeats Ward Ruyslinck 159 The Birds Tarjei Vesaas 160 The Glass Bees Ernst Junger 161 The Manila Rope Veijo Meri 162 The Devil to Pay in the Backlands Joao Guimaraes Rosa 163 The Burning Plain Juan Rulfo 164 The Tree of Man Patrick White 165 The Mandarins Simone de Beauvoir 166 A Day in Spring Ciril Kosmac 167 Death in Rome Wolfgang Koeppen 168 The Sound of Waves Yukio Mishima 169 The Unknown Soldier Vaino Linna 170 The Hothouse Wolfgang Koeppen 171 The Lost Steps Alejo Carpentier 172 The Dark Child Camara Laye 173 Excellent Women Barbara Pym 174 A Thousand Cranes Yasunari Kawabata 175 The Hive Camilo Jose Cela 176 Barabbas Par Lagerkvist 177 The Guiltless Hermann Broch 178 Ashes and Diamonds Jerzy Andrzejewski 179 Journey to the Alcarria Camilo Jose Cela 180 In The Heart of the Sea Shmuel Yosef Agnon 181 This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen Tadeusz Borowski 182 Froth on the Daydream Boris Vian 183 Mida Alley Naguib Mahfouz 184 Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantz kis 185 House in the Uplands Erskine Caldwell 186 Andrea Carmen Laforet 187 Bosnian Chronicle Ivo Andri 188 The Death of Virgil Hermann Broch 189 The Tin Flute Gabrielle Roy 190 Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 191 Chess Story Royal Game Stefan Zweig 192 Broad and Alien is the World Ciro Alegria 193 The Harvesters Cesare Pavese 194 The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead 195 Alamut Vladimir Bartol 196 On the Edge of Reason Miroslav Krleza 197 The Blind Owl Sadegh Hedayat 198 Ferdydurke Witold Gombrowicz 199 War with the Newts Karel Capek 200 Ricksaw Boy Lao She201 Untouchable Mulk Raj Anand 202 The Bells of Basel Louis Aragon 203 On the Heights of Despair Emil Cioran 204 The Street of Crocodiles Bruno Schulz 205 Man s Fate Andr Malraux 206 Cheese Willem Elsschot 207 Joseph and His Brothers Thomas Mann 208 Viper s Tangle Francois Mauriac 209 The Return of Philip Latinowicz Miroslav Krleza 210 The Forbidden Realm J Slauerhoff 211 Insatiability Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz 212 Monica Saunders Lewis 213 I Thought of Daisy Edmund Wilson 214 Retreat Without Song Shahan Shahnur 215 Some Prefer Nettles Junichiro Tanizaki 216 The Case of Sergeant Grischa Arnold Zweig 217 Alberta and Jacob Cora Sandel 218 Under Satan s Sun Georges Bernanos 219 The New World Henry Walda Sellasse 220 Chaka the Zulu Thomas Mofolo 221 The Forest and the Hanged Liviu Rebreanu 222 Claudine s House Colette 223 Kristin Lavransdatter Sigrid Undset 224 Life of Christ Giovanni Papini 225 The Storm of Steel Ernst Junger 226 The Underdogs Mariano Azuela 227 Pallieter Felix Timmermans 228 The Home and the World Rabindranath Tagore 229 Platero and I Juan Ramon Jimenez 230 The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge Rainer Maria Rilke 231 Solitude Victor Catala 232 The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler 233 The Call of the Wild Jack London 234 Memoirs of My Nervous Illness Daniel Paul Schreber 235 None But the Brave Arthur Schnitzler 236 The Tigers of Momopracem Emilio Salgari 237 Dom Casmurro Joauim Maria Machado de Assis 238 Eclipse of the Crescent Moon Geza Gardonyi 239 As a Man Grows Older Italo Svevo 240 The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D Annunzio 241 Pharaoh Boleslaw Prus 242 Compassion Benito Perez Galdos 243 The Viceroys Federico De Roberto 244 Down There Joris Karl Huysmans 245 Thais Anatole France 246 Eline Vere Louis Couperus 247 Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov 248 The Manors of Ulloa Emilia Pardo Bazan 249 The uest Frederik van Eeden 250 The Regent s Wife Leopoldo Alas 251 The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas Joauim Maria Machado de Assis 252 The Crime of Father Amaro Jose Maria Eca de ueiros 253 Pepita Jimenez Juan Valera 254 Martin Fierro Jose Hernandez 255 Indian Summer Adalbert Stifter 256 Green Henry Gottfried Keller 257 The Devil s Pool George Sand 258 Facundo Domingo Faustino Sarmiento 259 A Hero of Our Times Mikhail Yurevich Lermontov 260 Camera Obscura Hildebrand aka Nicolaas Beets 261 The Lion of Flanders Hendrik Conscience 262 Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin 263 A Life of a Good for Nothing Joseph von Eichendorff 264 The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr ETA Hoffman 265 Michael Kohlhaas Heinrich von Kleist 266 Henry von Ofterdingen Novalis 267 A Dream of Red Mansions Cao Xuein 268 Anton Reiser Karl Philipp Moritz 269 The Adventures of Simplicissimus Hans von Grimmelshausen 270 The Conuest of New Spain Bernal Diaz del Castillo 271 The Travels of Persiles and Sigismunda Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 272 Thomas of Reading Thomas Deloney 273 Monkey Journey to the West Wu Cheng en 274 The Lusiad Luis Vaz de Camoes 275 The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes Anonymous 276 Amadis of Gaul Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo 277 Le Celestina Fernando de Rojas 278 Tirant lo Blanc Joanot Martorell 279 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Luo Guanzhong 280 The Water Margin Shi Nai an 281 The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 282 The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter AnonymousThen only two Old Flame, New Sparks years later a third edition another revamp but only ELEVEN titles were changed that s weirdIN1 Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery 2 The Children s Book AS Byatt 3 Invisible Paul Auster 4 An American Rust Philipp Meyer 5 Cost Roxana Robinson 6 The White Tiger Aravind Adiga 7 Home Marilynne Robinson 8 Kieron Smith Boy James Kelman 9 The Gathering Anne Enright 10 The Blind Side of the Heart Julia Franck 11 The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot DiazOUT1 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid2 Animal s People Indra Sinha 3 The Kindly Ones Jonathan Littell 4 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian Marina Lewycka 5 Small Island Andrea Levy 6 The Plot Against America Philip Roth 7 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay Michael Chabon8 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mark Haddon 9 Islands Dan Sleigh 10 The Heart of Redness Zakes Mda 11 Small Remedies Shashi Deshpande AND NOW A REVIEW OF THE ACTUAL BOOKThis is like porn for us book geek types it s so pretty and it s full of sexy pix of books in all states of dress some with their jackets on some off some bound some unbound And lotsa pix of authors too although Lone Star Baby Bombshell you know authors are usually not the most gorgeous of people and if Lullabies and Lies you think that s stereotypical this book is here to prove it Exception Edna O Brien total babeAnyway this 1001 Books tome did turn my head when it was first published It didn t however make me read anything I wasn t going to which I guess is its point Or maybe its point is just to lie in the corner of One Night In New York your room and purr Everybody will be shouting at this book before long as they look through it along the lines of what s this You ve got three in here by Douglas Adams and NONE by Roddy Doyle A Night to Remember you arrant dunderheads I mean Douglas Adams is good for one but not three And if Douglas Adams then Garrison Keillor Each book gets about 300 words which editor Peter Boxall describes like this What each entry does is to respond with the cramped urgency of a deathbed confession to what makes each novel compelling to what it is about each novel that makes one absolutely need to read it But An Earl to Save Her Reputation you know they don t actually do that It s just another pretty lie 1001 books it s a lot If On Fire you had the time and money to read every one at a rate of one per week The Doctor Takes a Princess you d need 19 and a uarter Rescued by the Viking years so The Australians Society Bride you better get going But unless Master of Maramba you re in a cult Daring to Date the Boss you aren t going to do that The pre 1700 section in particular is strictly for students of literature I stick my neck out and say that very few will be reading Euphues The Anatomy of Wit by John Lyly or Aithiopika by Heliodorus for fun And then the dogged reader will be coming up against the rarely scaled Everests of literature such as Dorothy Richardson s Pilgrimage 13 vols thousands of pages or Proust likewise or Infinite Jest one volume 1100 pages Each of which are going to take Sasvim skromni darovi you 3 6 months solid Rules are broken randomly the word books certainly appears to euate to novels in here BUT Like Life by Lorrie Moore is included a collection of short stories not a novel So okay why no Raymond Carver America s greatest short story writer Stupid bastards And sometimes it s hard to see that the reviewer even likes the book in uestion The Secret History is described as uality trash for highbrows Or take this As with his other writing The Book of Laughter and Forgetting raises uestions about the representation of female characters and invites accusations of latent misogyny These are valid objections that may engender fruitful considerations of this novel as a historical document as much as a work of experimental fiction Well that s hardly an enthusiastic endorsementSome authors are wildly over represented such as J M Coatzee Ian McEwan and Paul Auster all of which have titles in here than Henry James It s interesting to check if the Booker Prizewinners are included 20 are out of 37 and there are some strange omissions no room for Vernon God Little uite right too or The True History of the Kelly Gang Sacred Hunger nothing at all by Barry Unsworth in fact what s wrong with him he s great Larenzos Christmas Baby you dunderheads The Famished Road or Hotel du Lac So this is a guide with enough in it to get everyone s backs up and please hardly anyone except Coatzee and McEwan fans Therefore I recommend it for everyone but particularly those who have just been sentenced to a long stretch of solitary confinement Having said that please check out my GR friend Ellen s fantastically vitriolic review I don t agree with her but her 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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. If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewOnly For Slackers 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter BoxallOriginal Review 2010 04 18I found this list rather heavy on very recent fiction There is also no way of knowing whether books published a few years ago will withstand the test of time and I suspect many won t This is a reason why apart from a handful of favourites I tend to restrict my sadly limited reading to established authors 4 times out of 5 when I believe the hype I end up disappointed