100 great books
The Guardian and the Observer (two big English newspapers) have combined to present a list of the 100 greatest novels.
here are the top ten
1. Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes
The story of the gentle knight and his servant Sancho Panza has entranced readers for centuries.
2. Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan
The one with the Slough of Despond and Vanity Fair.
3. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
The first English novel.
4. Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
A wonderful satire that still works for all ages, despite the savagery of Swift's vision.
5. Tom Jones Henry Fielding
The adventures of a high-spirited orphan boy: an unbeatable plot and a lot of sex ending in a blissful marriage.
6. Clarissa Samuel Richardson
One of the longest novels in the English language, but unputdownable.
7. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
One of the first bestsellers, dismissed by Dr Johnson as too fashionable for its own good.
8. Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
An epistolary novel and a handbook for seducers: foppish, French, and ferocious.
9. Emma Jane Austen
Near impossible choice between this and Pride and Prejudice. But Emma never fails to fascinate and annoy.
10. Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Inspired by spending too much time with Shelley and Byron
For those too lazy to follow the link, some other notables you might be interested in:
14. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
21. Moby Dick by Hermman Melville
24. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
31. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
61. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
66. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
68. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
"Where else would you go when you have an ax to grind?"
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
100 great books