Thursday, April 26, 2012

The HillcrestBlog Novel Project

As promised, here's the link to the All-TIME 100 novels (since 1923), all of which I intend to read over the next three years.

That is, if I have not read them already.  Here are the ones that I already have in the plus column:

American Pastoral
Are You There, God?  It's Me, Margaret (yes, this was actually on the list)
Animal Farm
Blood Meridian
The Catcher in the Rye
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Gatsby
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Rings
On the Road
Portnoy's Complaint
Slaughterhouse Five
To Kill a Mockingbird
Watchmen (yes, this graphic novel is also on the list)

Seventeen novels in already.  Not too bad, I guess.  Oh, and for those of you (like me) who looked at the list and were, like, ummm...where exactly is One Hundred Years of Solitude or Ulysses?'s the explanation for those novels' exclusion: 
The parameters: English language novels published anywhere in the world since 1923, the year that TIME Magazine began...
OK.  Fair enough.  One Hundred Years... was written in Spanish and Ulysses was written in 1922.  Problem solved!

One more cursory glance at the novels reveals that there are going to be some doozies:  Infinite JestGravity's Rainbow (tried and failed at least four times to get through that one).  Is three years going to be enough time?

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