aspirations of intellectuality

From L J, 11-15-05, p. 13:
Time Magazine's Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo, naming their picks for the 100 best English-language novels released since the magazine's 1923 founding, aim to "instruct" and "to enrage." The former is iffy, the latter guaranteed. Along with standards like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye, the list includes pop favorites like William Gibson's cyberpunk Neuromancer and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's graphic novel Watchmen. While best-list regulars Ernest Hemingway and Dashiell Hammett appear, The Sun Also Rises and Red Harvest were chosen, respectively, over For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Maltese Falcon.

The complete list, in alphabetical order, with anything I've read in bold:

The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow

All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren

American Pastoral
Philip Roth

An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Animal Farm
George Orwell

Appointment in Samarra
John O'Hara
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Judy Blume

The Assistant
Bernard Malamud
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O'Brien

Ian McEwan
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Toni Morrison

The Berlin Stories
Christopher Isherwood

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler

The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder

Call It Sleep
Henry Roth

Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
--I haven't read it, but I've seen the film at least 20 times.

The Confessions of Nat Turner
William Styron

The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon

A Dance to the Music of Time
Anthony Powell

The Day of the Locust
Nathanael West

Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

A Death in the Family
James Agee

The Death of the Heart
Elizabeth Bowen

James Dickey
--I recat'ed the lib.'s copy of this book no less than 2 hours ago. Freaky

Dog Soldiers
Robert Stone

John Cheever

The French Lieutenant's Woman
John Fowles

The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing

Go Tell it on the Mountain
James Baldwin

Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
--Is this the place to admit that I've never, ever read anything longer than a short story by Steinbeck?

Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
--I've tried. I swear.

A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list. Maybe over Christmas?

The Heart of the Matter
Graham Greene

Saul Bellow

Marilynne Robinson

A House for Mr. Biswas
V.S. Naipaul

I, Claudius
Robert Graves
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison

Light in August
William Faulkner
--I'd rather fall on a grenade.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis
--I've seen it live. Does that count?

Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies
William Golding

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

Henry Green

Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis

The Man Who Loved Children
Christina Stead

Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie

Martin Amis

The Moviegoer
Walker Percy
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Naked Lunch
William Burroughs
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Native Son
Richard Wright

William Gibson

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

George Orwell

On the Road
Jack Kerouac
--I've been working at this for about a year. It's time that I just bought the damned thing rather than checking it out from the lib. over and over and over....

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey

The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski
--I've read some great short stories by Kosinski.

Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov

A Passage to India
E.M. Forster

Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion

Portnoy's Complaint
Philip Roth

A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark

Rabbit, Run
John Updike
--I tried. Just couldn't do it.

E.L. Doctorow

The Recognitions
William Gaddis

Red Harvest
Dashiell Hammett

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowles

Kurt Vonnegut

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed Factor
John Barth

The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner

The Sportswriter
Richard Ford

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carre
--le Carre writes like a 12-year-old boy. Gakkkkkkk.

The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
--My conscience does not allow it.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
--I've seen the movie several times and I bought the book. Hmm. Perhaps I should try that over break, too.

To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
--I haven't read it, but it's on my list.

Tropic of Cancer
Henry Miller

Philip K. Dick

Under the Net
Iris Murdoch

Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry

Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

White Noise
Don DeLillo
Read the Original Review

White Teeth
Zadie Smith

Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys

And y'all?

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