Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The One on 100 Best Books of All Time

Thanks to the marvel that is StumbleUpon, I stumbled upon the World Library's list of the 100 Best Books of All Time:

(Crossed out ones are ones I've read.)
(Info from the godess of Wikipedia.)

Things Fall ApartChinua Achebe1958Nigeria
Fairy talesHans Christian Andersen1835–1837Denmark
Epic of GilgameshAnonymous18th or 17th century BCIraq
Book of JobAnonymous?Israel
MahabharataVyasa4th century BC – 4th century ADIndia
Njal's SagaAnonymous13th centuryIceland
One Thousand and One NightsAnonymous9th centuryArabiaPersiaIndia
Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen1813UK
Le Père GoriotHonoré de Balzac1835France
MolloyMalone DiesThe Unnamable, a trilogySamuel Beckett1951–1953France
The DecameronGiovanni Boccaccio1349–1353Italy
FiccionesJorge Luis Borges1944Argentina
Wuthering HeightsEmily Brontë1847UK
The StrangerAlbert Camus1942AlgeriaFrance
PoemsPaul Celan1952RomaniaFrance
Journey to the End of the NightLouis-Ferdinand Céline1932France
Don QuixoteMiguel de Cervantes1605–1615Spain
The Canterbury TalesGeoffrey Chaucer14th centuryUK
StoriesAnton Chekhov1886Russia
NostromoJoseph Conrad1904UK
Divine ComedyDante Alighieri1307–1321Italy
Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens1861UK
Jacques the FatalistDenis Diderot1796France
Berlin AlexanderplatzAlfred Döblin1929Germany
Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky1866Russia
The IdiotFyodor Dostoyevsky1869Russia
The PossessedFyodor Dostoyevsky1872Russia
The Brothers KaramazovFyodor Dostoyevsky1880Russia
MiddlemarchGeorge Eliot1871UK
Invisible ManRalph Ellison1952USA
MedeaEuripides431 BCGreece
Absalom, Absalom!William Faulkner1936USA
The Sound and the FuryWilliam Faulkner1929USA
Madame BovaryGustave Flaubert1857France
Sentimental EducationGustave Flaubert1869France
Gypsy BalladsFederico García Lorca1928Spain
One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel García Márquez1967Colombia
Love in the Time of CholeraGabriel García Márquez1985Colombia
Goethe's FaustJohann Wolfgang von Goethe1808Germany
Dead SoulsNikolai Gogol1842Russia
The Tin DrumGünter Grass1959Germany
The Devil to Pay in the BacklandsJoão Guimarães Rosa1956Brazil
HungerKnut Hamsun1890Norway
The Old Man and the SeaErnest Hemingway1952USA
IliadHomer850 – 750 BCGreece
OdysseyHomer8th century BCGreece
A Doll's HouseHenrik Ibsen1879Norway
UlyssesJames Joyce1922Ireland
StoriesFranz Kafkabefore 1924Czech Republic
The TrialFranz Kafka1925Czech Republic
The CastleFranz Kafka1926Czech Republic
ShakuntalaKālidāsa1st century BC – 4th century ADIndia
The Sound of the MountainYasunari Kawabata1954Japan
Zorba the GreekNikos Kazantzakis1946Greece
Sons and LoversD. H. Lawrence1913UK
Independent PeopleHalldór Laxness1934–1935Iceland
PoemsGiacomo Leopardi1818Italy
The Golden NotebookDoris Lessing1962UK
Pippi LongstockingAstrid Lindgren1945Sweden
A Madman's DiaryLu Xun1918China
Children of GebelawiNaguib Mahfouz1959Egypt
BuddenbrooksThomas Mann1901Germany
The Magic MountainThomas Mann1924Germany
Moby-DickHerman Melville1851USA
EssaysMichel de Montaigne1595France
HistoryElsa Morante1974Italy
BelovedToni Morrison1987USA
The Tale of GenjiMurasaki Shikibu11th centuryJapan
The Man Without QualitiesRobert Musil1930–1932Austria
LolitaVladimir Nabokov1955RussiaUSA
Nineteen Eighty-FourGeorge Orwell1949UK
MetamorphosesOvid1st century ADItaly
The Book of DisquietFernando Pessoa1982Portugal
TalesEdgar Allan Poe19th centuryUSA
Remembrance of Things PastMarcel Proust1913–1927France
The Life of Gargantua and of PantagruelFrançois Rabelais1532–1534France
Pedro PáramoJuan Rulfo1955Mexico
MasnaviRumi13th centuryPersia
Midnight's ChildrenSalman Rushdie1981IndiaUK
Season of Migration to the NorthTayeb Salih1971Sudan
BlindnessJosé Saramago1995Portugal
HamletWilliam Shakespeare1603UK
King LearWilliam Shakespeare1608UK
OthelloWilliam Shakespeare1622UK
Oedipus the KingSophocles430 BCGreece
The Red and the BlackStendhal1830France
Tristram ShandyLaurence Sterne1760IrelandUK
Confessions of ZenoItalo Svevo1923Italy
Gulliver's TravelsJonathan Swift1726IrelandUK
War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy1865–1869Russia
Anna KareninaLeo Tolstoy1877Russia
The Death of Ivan IlyichLeo Tolstoy1886Russia
Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain1884USA
RamayanaValmiki3rd century BC – 3rd century ADIndia
AeneidVirgil29 – 19 BCItaly
Leaves of GrassWalt Whitman1855USA
Mrs DallowayVirginia Woolf1925UK
To the LighthouseVirginia Woolf1927UK
Memoirs of HadrianMarguerite Yourcenar1951France

Although I would politely disagree with this list in many aspects, I do have to say it makes me feel like such a fail. Thankfully, I'm only 15 years old and have a long life ahead of me full of wonderful books. And I jog and don't smoke, so hopefully that will add a few years to my list.

Also, there are two books up there which are half crossed out.

Moby Dick, I tried to read, yet after a two week struggle with its first 20 pages I decided that I better not waste my time.
Now, for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn! (I'm sorry about my lack of italicizing, I'm in a very lazy mood.) 
I've tried THREE times to read this.
The first time, after a few chapters, the school library requested all the books back due to summer vacations.
The second time, I lost the book. And had to buy another copy and give it to my library. (As far as I know, I'm of the few that actually USE the library for more than projects, so it seems totally unfair.)
The third time, similar to the first, my due date was up and I got caught up re-reading for the fourth time the Anne of Green Gables series, which are my addiction. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of wasting my time with them again. They're just so GOOD.

Good by, love,

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