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This is a readers' service of the first order, a guidebook to the resulting 544 titles for those tortured by too much choice and looking for what to read next. Each of the 125 responses appears in Zane's book -- some in short answer form, some just titles, some annotated -- along with a few essays, helping steer you through what Zane calls the "yin and yang of the modern reader: opportunity and befuddlement."
To get you started, here's "The Top Top Ten":
1. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
2. Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
3. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
4. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
6. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust
9. The stories of Anton Chekhov
10. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
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This is a very interesting book about top ten best books by several dozens of living writers (125 to be exact). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Benjamin
My first question about this book, that I do not believe the editor J. Peder Zane answers anywhere, is how did he select the 125 writers who submitted their favorite books. Read morePublished 21 months ago by H. F. Corbin
I browsed through this book a few weeks back during a bookstore visit and put it back on the shelf. My quick assessment found it tediously monotonous, with all the writers picking... Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Debnance at Readerbuzz
The favorite books of these 125 "leading writers" are populated by adulterers and adulteresses, nihlists, existentialists, pedophiles, and atheists. You can't fault J. Read morePublished on October 11, 2007 by Christy
Lists of best books are no better than their conception. In this case 125 noted and some not so noted writers list the ten best works of fiction as they see it. Read morePublished on April 6, 2007 by J. Grattan
I was very disappointed with this book. It was repiticious of many other books of the type. Someday I'd like to see something beyond "Anna Karenina" as the top book in the lists. Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by Gene L Rosenberg