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Thread: Yet Another List: The Guardian's Top 100 Books of All Time

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    I'm not just covering my ass here, but when I see him referred to just as Rumi, then yes, I do know that name. It was all the first name stuff that threw me. Sorry if that sounds lame. A friend of mine was always recommending Rumi, but as he likes to read hot (anywhere dry and dusty and he's up for it) and I only read cold (anywhere Northern European and it's for me) I never picked it up. (This is not a cultural thing, I just hate the heat, so don't want to read about it. As you can imagine, I am dying in this stupid heatwave). Maybe I'll give Rumi a go in December when I can stand a little accelerated temperature.

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    I know I don't usually post in the book thread, but I've always loved to read. Of this list these are the one's I've read. I really want to read some of the Asian titles on the list. Most of these are from school, but some are from when I tried to read my way through our local library.

    Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories
    Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice
    Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote
    Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales
    Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy
    Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations
    Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment; The Brothers Karamazov
    George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch
    Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea
    William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), The Sound and the Fury
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust
    Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea
    Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey
    The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).
    James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses
    Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking
    Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick
    Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved
    Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita
    George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984
    Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses
    Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales
    William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet; King Lear; Othello (and most others)
    Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King
    Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver's Travels
    Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace
    Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).
    Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass

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    I've read eleven of these books. I never got past grade 9, so I'm going to assume that I read them of my own volition, not at the behest of a teacher. I was happy to see one of my top three favourites on the list (1984), disappointed that the other two aren't there (Dodsworth and Gone with the Wind [I refuse to consider it a romance novel]). And I am extremely disappointed that there is no Sinclair Lewis on the list at all. That's the Guardian for you, poo pooing American authors.
    And so it begins, the end of times..

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    No To Kill A Mockingbird By Edgar Allen Poe For Shame.

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