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July 16, 2009

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Natalie

It's another utterly crazy list. The Victorians were cruelly done by. I'm hunkering down with a reread of Middlemarch and some good Victorian dramatic monologues.

John Thomas McGuire


I tend to take these lists with a grain of salt. The Modern Library Top 100 English-speaking novels of the 20th Century includes Kerouac's "On the Road." What, and not also Ken Kesey's "One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as well?

Vic

The problem is this: the list was taken from ten lists of bestsellers and the most read books in the past decade, which puts a twist on things. Had Newsweek gathered the top 10 lists from all the continents over the past 20 decades, then they might have come up with something more realistic and infinitely more satifsying.

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