Yeah. I know. A list on the internet! What'll they think of next?
Anyway, I don't know if I agree entirely with the list. However, I do agree that all of the books on that list are definitely in the must read category (Joyce was a surprise since I can't think of the last last time I saw James Joyce on any list that wasn't a syllabus).
Now, my personal list off the top of my pointy little head is as follows:
- Harvey & Eck -Erin O'Brien (It's at the top of my must read list because I've not read it, and I really, really must.)
- The Odyssey -Homer
- On the Road -Kerouak
- The Lord of the Rings -Tolkien
- Farenheit 451 -Bradbury (It's really a toss up with Dandelion Wine)
- The Metamorphosis -Kafka
- The Sound and the Fury -Falkner
- One Hundred Years of Solitude -Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Walden: Or a Life in the Woods -Thoreau
- Moby Dick -Melville
Furthermore, I don't think anyone will ever come up with a tangible, solid, and widely accepted definition as to what "literature" is. To me, it's always been used as nothing more than a way to elevate a novel to the point where it can be discussed with a certain air of pretension and a sense of accomplishment. And, that's something that's always annoyed me. After all, all books should just be read. And their affect upon a person should be solely individual, and it shouldn't be swayed by popular opinion.
In other words, read whatever you damn well please, people!
Posted By Dan to The Wisdom of a Distracted Mind at 8/25/2007 10:25:00 AM