Monday, April 23, 2012

They Are Giving Away 1 Million Books. The 100 Best Books of All TIME

Today the Bard died and today has been christened World Book Day. In a vaguely related but unrelated event today has also been named World Book Night and they are giving away 1 million books in England tonight. The supporters of this event include Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers and J.K. Rowling. 20,000 volunteers would give away 25 chosen titles to 1 million people at random, on streets, pubs, gardens, wherever. Coincidentally, one wonders if the books given belong to the supporters of the program. Smirk!

Meanwhile following are the 100 books of all TIME. The compilation is by TIME magazine and these are what they think are the best books to be published in the span of their existence. Only two Indian origin writers feature: Salman Rushdie and V.S.Naipaul (that is if he can be called an Indian origin). Sadly, I have only read 19 of them, or, 20 per cent to be exact. A lot more reading to do in the coming days. Libraries, here I come.

100 Best Books of All Time (I have only given names of authors of books I know about. For the full list with author names, go here.)

  1  The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
2  All the King's Men
3  American Pastoral
4  An American Tragedy
5   Animal Farm George Orwell
6         Appointment in Samarra
7 Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
8 The Assistant
9 At Swim-Two-Birds
10 Atonement
11 Beloved Toni Morrison
12 The Berlin Stories
13 The Big Sleep
14 The Blind Assassin
15 Blood Meridian
16 Brideshead Revisited
17 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
18 Call It Sleep
19 Catch-22
20 The Catcher in the Rye J.D.Salinger
21 A Clockwork Orange
22 The Confessions of Nat Turner
23 The Corrections
24 The Crying of Lot 49
25 A Dance to the Music of Time
26 The Day of the Locust
27 Death Comes for the Archbishop
28 A Death in the Family
29 The Death of the Heart
30 Deliverance
31 Dog Soldiers
32 Falconer
33 The French Lieutenant's Woman
34 The Golden Notebook
35 Go Tell it on the Mountain
36 Gone With the Wind Margaret Michelle
37 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
38 Gravity's Rainbow
39 The Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald
40 A Handful of Dust
41 The Heart is A Lonely Hunter
42 The Heart of the Matter
43 Herzog Saul Bellow
44 Housekeeping
45 A House for Mr. Biswas V.S.Naipaul
46 I, Claudius
47 Infinite Jest
48 Invisible Man
49 Light in August
50 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
51 Lolita Vladimir Nabakov
52 Lord of the Flies
53 The Lord of the Rings William Golding
54 The Moviegoer
55 Loving
56 Lucky Jim
57 The Man Who Loved Children
58 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
59 Money
60 Mrs. Dalloway
61 Naked Lunch
62 Native Son
63 Neuromancer
64 Never Let Me Go
65 1984 George Orwell
66 On the Road Jack Kerouac
67 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
68 The Painted Bird
69 Pale Fire
70 A Passage to India E.M.Forster
71 Play It As It Lays
72 Portnoy's Complaint
73 Possession
74 The Power and the Glory
75 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
76 Rabbit, Run John Updike
77 Ragtime
78 The Recognitions
79 Red Harvest
80 Revolutionary Road
81 The Sheltering Sky
82 Slaughterhouse Five
83 Snow Crash
84 The Sot-Weed Factor
85 The Sound and the Fury
86 The Sportswriter
87 The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
88 The Sun Also Rises Ernst Hemmingway
89 Their Eyes Were Watching God
90 Things Fall Apart
91 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
92 To the Lighthouse
93 Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
94 Ubik
95 Under the Net
96 Under the Volcano
97 Watchmen
98 White Noise
99 White Teeth
100 Wide Sargasso Sea

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