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    I've read only three books. Time to read, read, read!!!

    I also did Animal Farm. Great book.
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    Re: Modern Library's 50 Best Fiction Books of the Century

    I've read:
    2 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
    4 Lolita Vladimir Nobokov
    7 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
    13 1984 George Orwell
    28 Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
    31 Animal Farm George Orwell
    45 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

    I tried reading:
    3 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce

    I own and must read:
    9 Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence

    I also read Vonnegut's "Player Piano" but never got to "Slaughterhouse 5".
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    2 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 1984 George Orwell
    31 Animal Farm George Orwell
    41 Lord of the Flies William Golding

    Hmmm... I haven't read too many of these books. Of the ones that I have... Liked Gatsby, was disturbed by 1984 and Animal Farm, was disturbed and greatly disliked Lord of the Flies. Not a great track record.
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    Hmmmm I skipped right over Catch 22 being on the list. That is a great book, love the very sarcestic way everything is presented...I may have to reread that one this summer.
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    I've never read that - What is it about?

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    Life in the miltery during a war basically. the catch 22 is there is no way to get out of combat basically. I'm sitting here drawing a blank of how to explain it, which means I have to reread it.
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    Most of these lists are so biased that I basically use them for book suggestions,
    Biased indeed, Anna!! Where are all the foreign books?? (Graham Greene was the only one I found!)

    "Catch22" is basically when you have to have done #1 to be allowed/able to do #2, and you have to have done #2 to be allowed/able to do #1. (The term comes from the book - not the other way round.) Silly example: you have to wear a hat to sign the form, but unless you sign the form you're not allowed to wear a hat.

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    i've read these

    2 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
    4 Lolita Vladimir Nobokov
    5 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
    7 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
    15 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
    19 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
    25 A Passage to India E.M. Forster
    35 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
    39 Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
    41 Lord of the Flies William Golding
    44 Point Counter Point Aldous Huxley

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    I'm not going to dignify this list with a summary detailing which of its books I've read. Needless to say, the list is pretty useless in terms of its rankings and scope. No authors outside of North America and Britain allowed - nope! Where is Mishima, Chekov, Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov, Achebe, Marquez, Gide, Proust, Naipaul? (Plenty of others, I'm sure, but I can't think of them all at the moment.)

    Oh, and token representation for women authors, at best. Like Margaret Atwood, Eudora Welty,Toni Morrison, Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir don't even deserve a mention.

    :mad:

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    I've read:
    31 Animal Farm - George Orwell
    41 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

    I thoroughly enjoyed Lord of the Flies. It is one of my most favorite allusions. Yep...

    Nausicaa, I think the list should've included those you mentioned and more.
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