Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Time's "All-Time 100 Novels"

Time magazine has published a list of their "All-Time 100 Novels" in which "Time Critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo pick the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present."

One could always argue about the content of such lists, but lists like this are inherently subjective and, really, not worth arguing about. Don't like their choices? Make your own list. And, one might wonder, why only novels since 1923? Why 1923, unless it's an issue of public domain-not public domain, and that's an odd way to choose a cut-off date. Well, odd for anyone except a major media company.

All that aside, what I like about the list is that it's not scared of science fiction and fantasy, or of graphic novels. One might expect novels like Slaughterhouse-Five, 1984, and even The Lord of the Rings, but this list includes Neuromancer, Snow Crash, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Ubik, and even Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons' The Watchmen.

via Jerz's Literacy Weblog


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