Sunday, April 11, 2004

Top 20th Century Novels in English

Remember the Modern Library's 100 Best Novel list? I just learned that shortly after it was published, a second list by Radcliffe Publishing was produced.

The Readers' List is too embarrassing to mention (ironically the fact that enough people voted for Ayn Rand makes me have Randian thoughts towards the world) but the Radcliffe List isn't an improvement. I enjoy The Great Gatsby far more than Ulysses but I don't think there's any doubt that Joyce was a greater writer. It's sad but when people say "I just couldn't finish Ulysses," they think that something was missing from the book, instead of something missing from them.

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