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I started this post in 2005 to keep track of this life goal I have to read all of the Modern Library Top 100 Novels (yes, I know all the critiques of it, I'm not doing it because I agree they are the best 100 novels of the English language in the 20th century, but because it is a fun goal and provides a certain cultural and intellectual literacy that I have already benefited from). My Ancestry job has made it easier to listen to audiobooks and get back on track with the list, so I updated it and redated this post...

Thus far: 79/100

1. ULYSSES by James Joyce (2000)
2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald (high school)
3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce (November 2005)
4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov (2004)
5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley (high school)
6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner (August 2009)
7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller (October 2009)
8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler (August 2009)
9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence (high school)
10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (high school)
11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry (August 2014)
12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler (March 2015
13. 1984 by George Orwell (high school)
14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves (September 2014)
15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf (July 2009)
16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser (December 2016)
17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (August 2005)
18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut (high school)
19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison (August 2014)
20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright (September 2014)

21. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow (November 2014)
23. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos (May 2016)
24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson (August 2014)
25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster (November 2005)
26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James (October 2014)
27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James (December 2016)
28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald (May 2016)
29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell (February 2017)
30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford (March 2015)
31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell (high school)
32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James (March 2017)
33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser (October 2015)
34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner (March 2015)
36. ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren (March 2016)
37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder (February 2015)
38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster (July, 2014)
39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin (February 2010)
40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene (November 2015)
41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding (high school)
42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey (November 2016)
43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell
44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley
45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway (March 2016)
46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad (April 2016)
47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad
48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence (high school)
49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence (high school)
50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller (July 2014)
51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer
52. PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth (April 2016)
53. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov (July 2009)
54. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner (May 2016)
55. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac (2003)
56. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett (January 2006)
57. PARADE'S END by Ford Madox Ford (June 2016)
58. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton (December 2014)
59. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm
60. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy (March 2015)
61. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather (December 2016)
62. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
63. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever (July 2016)
64. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger (college)
65. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess (high school)
66. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham (July 2016)
67. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad (high school, college and post-college)
68. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
69. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton (March 2015)
70. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell
71. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes (November 2014)
72. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul (November 2016)
73. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
74. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway (January 2006)
75. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh (January 2017)
76. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark (May 2015)
77. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce
78. KIM by Rudyard Kipling (August 2014)
79. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster (April 2015)
80. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh (July 2014)
81. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow (October 2014)
82. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner (November 2012)
83. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul (July 2005)
84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen
85. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad (October 2015)
86. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow (November 2016)
87. THE OLD WIVES' TALE by Arnold Bennett
88. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London (high school)
89. LOVING by Henry Green
90. MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie
91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell (May 2015)
92. IRONWEED by William Kennedy
93. THE MAGUS by John Fowles (April 2015)
94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys (January 2006)
95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
96. SOPHIE'S CHOICE by William Styron
97. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
98. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain (February 2006)
99. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy (July 2016)
100. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington

Date: 2005-08-10 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
does it count if i tried to read under the volcano, got about halfway through, then watched the movie with albert finney and still got an "a" on my midterm?

i just could not deal with that book. i know what it's like inside the mind of a drunk, thank you very much.

Date: 2005-08-10 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha! Yes, I think if you passed a test on the book then it counts - then I can count Wide Sargasso Sea!

Date: 2005-08-10 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Where's Dostoyevsky?

Date: 2005-08-10 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's biased - only english language novels.

Date: 2005-08-10 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
screw the english language. I want kafka and gunter grass. (and dostoyevsky)

Date: 2005-08-11 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not to mention Mann (and Mann and Mann), Hesse, Sebald, Celine, Simon, Laxness, Gao, Kundera, Hrabal, Roth, Achebe, Dongala, Sembene, Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, Wolff, Duras ... wow, a lot of people should be on the list.

Date: 2005-08-11 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Modern Library says "screw you!" to anything that has to be translated. Those translators are expensive!

Date: 2005-08-12 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I work on the cheap.

Date: 2006-02-10 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, lots of men, and repeat authors.

I've read 17, but another handful of different books by the authors on this list.

Date: 2005-08-10 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've read maybe 10 of those.
Where's Dune? Where's StarWars: Darksaber?

Date: 2005-08-11 08:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Definitely a more elitist list. I've always liked the Modern Library's books.

I think I've definitely seen more MOVIES of these books than actually READ the books. Look at all the time I saved! Hehe...


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