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1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

 
 
djjd62
 
Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 05:26 pm
from the Guardian Newspaper
1000 Novels Everyone Must Read


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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 05:46 pm
I haven't looked at it yet, but what a loony idea.

I am quite a fan of reading, but I don't think it's a requirement for living life.

Even among the literate, my husband, a playwright, didn't read novels.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 05:55 pm
@ossobuco,
Ah, I see it's about science fiction.

Eh.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 05:56 pm
@ossobuco,
it's basically a list of lists

1000 books total from various styles and genres

i guess they're saying if you're gonna read, here's what they suggest you read

i don't always put a lot of stock in these things, there are lots of classic i'll never read, because they don't interest me, but the sci fi section was interesting
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 05:58 pm
@ossobuco,
that's just one section, all the pictures correspond to another group, sci fi is the most recent addition to the list
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 06:38 pm
@djjd62,
Ok, back...

wait for my next scathing nonsequitur.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 06:39 pm
@ossobuco,
Very Happy

not saying there's anything you'll find interesting, just thought i'd give a chance to dig a little deeper
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 06:50 pm
@ossobuco,
War and travel (what the ****?) may engage me, look forward to it. Off to see about crime fiction.
boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 07:04 pm
I loved seeing Julian Barnes' "History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" listed among the best comic novels. I love that book.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 07:36 pm
@boomerang,
I like Barnes too, but mostly read him in short..
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 08:24 pm
@ossobuco,
Well, so far I see a mish mash, bunch of book names, a few of which I've read with no particular regard.

Maybe my humor will improve on the morrow.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 08:28 pm
@ossobuco,
osso said ****
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 08:44 pm
@shewolfnm,
oh, not again....
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 08:47 pm
@ossobuco,
>snort
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 08:49 pm
@shewolfnm,
I think I was early on awk on that, but I don't know.






awk being a fond word.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 08:56 pm
@boomerang,
There are several of my long-time favs on the comedy part 1 list. Will have to take a look at the others.

From the intro to the comedy section Comedy is not humour. Too true.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 09:02 pm
@ehBeth,
Ha! I've got almost every book on Comedy/Part 3 on the comedy shelves upstairs. I was going to mutter about their overly Brit orientation, then I realized errr I've got the same taste, pretty much.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 3 Feb, 2009 06:55 pm
@djjd62,
I just picked up an E.M Delafield in the Annex based on my memory of this list. Started laughing on the ride home. Very good.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/713WA7W4WDL._SL500_AA240_.gif

There's a sample of the opening here http://www.starcourse.org/emd/

Quote:
November 7th Plant the indoor bulbs. Just as I am in the middle of them, Lady Boxe calls. I say, untruthfully, how nice to see her, and beg her to sit down while I just finish the bulbs. Lady B. makes a determined attempt to sit down in armchair where I have already placed two bulb-bowls and the bag of charcoal, is headed off just in time, and takes the sofa.

Do I know, she asks, how very late it is for indoor bulbs? September really, even October, is the time. Do I know that the only really reliable firm for hyacinths is Somebody of Haarlem? Cannot catch the name of the firm, which is Dutch, but reply Yes I do know, but I think it is my duty to but Empire products. Feel at the time, and still think, that this is an excellent reply. Unfortunately, Vicky comes into the drawing room later and says: "Oh, mummie, are those the bulbs we got at Woolworth's?"


a bit sweet
a bit tart
a lot sly
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 3 Feb, 2009 06:59 pm
@ehBeth,
looks good, i've been reading through my wodehouse again, i love the english village/country home sort of novel
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Fri 5 Mar, 2010 09:18 am
I love lists . . . it's what the list maker/contributors to the list reveal about themselves that makes lists so fascinating. Besides, it is a good way to learn a little something about a particular book, esp., if it is the Guardian's list with its capsule reviews.
 

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