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  •  Tolstoy really is that good. He can do pretty much (2+ / 0-)
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    everything, and was so determined to find a fresh and authentic view of all he saw that he invented in every direction. The same applies to Joyce, and Ulysses is certainly one of the bravest, most original and impressive novels ever penned.

    I've been researching Best Novel lists for a couple of years now. Unless you're obsessive about book lists, I've read more lists of great novels than you have, Wisper. Here's a Diary about my Quest.

    J. Peder Zane did some list-crunching, to find The 10 Greatest Books of All Time.

    What if . .you went to all the big-name authors in the world—Franzen, Mailer, Wallace, Wolfe, Chabon, Lethem, King, 125 of them— and got each one to cough up a top-10 list of the greatest books of all time. . . Then you printed and collated all the lists, crunched the numbers together, and used them to create a definitive all-time Top Top 10 list. . .
    Here, in all its glory, is the all-time, ultimate Top Top 10 list, derived from the top 10 lists of 125 of the world's most celebrated writers combined. Read it and— well, just read it.

    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 F. Scott Fitzgerald
    8   In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    9   The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
    10 Middlemarch by George Eliot

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:40:27 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the list. (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm reading Anna Karenina as we speak (Pevear/Volokhonsky translation) and am totally blown away. This is one of the deepest but most readable stories ever, a tribute to Tolstoy. Even had me googling for pix of Russian peasants in 1875, and I've never been interested in Russia.

      This after decades of avoiding the Russian authors because of fear of complexity (or long names), altho I did read Crime and Punishment in the 60s when I didn't have a TV.

      I foresee a long happy reading life for me now....

      •  I bought the Pevear/Volokhonsky 'Anna Karenina' (1+ / 0-)
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        a week and a half ago, and am looking forward to it very much. There was an illuminating article on them especially, and translation in general: The Translation Wars.

        I've been swimming in books about Russian Novels, and will write a three diary overview (in July, I hope). If you want "a long happy reading life", I'll have about fifty more suggestions for you . . .

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 01:13:43 PM PDT

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