- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: Universe; Revised, Updated edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789320398
- ISBN-13: 978-0789320391
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2.7 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dr. Peter Boxall is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction and drama.
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I have been reading books off this list exclusively for the past 3 years, and yes, there have been quite a few clunkers that in no way should have made this list (I'll protect the innocent for now- no titles!). Being disappointed in how bad they were was a bummer, but then reading the rationalization and defense of them in the book either brought laughs or slightly opened my eyes to different things. Either way- it wasn't boring. And because of this book, incredible masterpieces I did not even know were written- Gaddis' "The Recognitions", Roussel's "Impressions of Africa" among others- have completely changed my life and my appreciation of literature. And somewhere between genius and surprising failure, lie those books you know about but never read- "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "Gone with the Wind"- which now you may be inspired to read only discover how timeless and well-written they are.
Not without its faults, this is a good read. It's a conversation starter, an excellent reference to literature, and a guide to great books that in my estimation, has an batting percentage well over .800. Worth the investment, IMO>
I used the book not only to refresh my memory of books I have read but also to learn about books that I had heard of, and was curious as to the character of. The book is enjoyable and interesting in this way. However I would again protest against the notion of 'must read before you die'. I have in many years of reading read a small percentage of these works, and there are very few I would call 'must reads'. Why is it always necessary to 'hype' things? This book involved a great effort by its editor who should be applauded for the work done. Most of the entries are very well written and provide information and enjoyment as things in themselves.
PS I must add something in strong favor of the book. I have been reading it now off and on and in small doses for about two months. I make discoveries of books that are new for me all the time. I take great pleasure in reading once again about books that I have read and thought about in the past. There is a great amount to learn here. The entries are usually very well- written if nonetheless scant.
A valuable resource and a source of enjoyment despite its flaws.
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. It is a great list of books, FPT