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Greatest Novel of All-Time

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by EStreetJoe, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    One advantage of beginning early is seeing your reactions change.

    When I was 15, Heathcliff was desperately romantic. At 45? What a shmuck!
  2. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Another one. 'Greatest American Novel Since WWII'?

  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    "Catch 22"?
    Another Irving: "Owen Meany."

    Are short story collections eligible? If so, there's "Cathedral" and "The Things They Carried." And, just a personal favorite, "This Boy's Life."
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    John Irving is my guiltiest pleasure, and I love Owen Meany, but even I will put foot down and say that no way anything he has done belongs in any greatest book list, even if you limit it to the last 50 years. You want to argue for Michael Chabon, OK. Or a Cormac McCarthy, fine. But no way on Irving, in my humble humble.
  5. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Slaughterhouse Five
    A Confederacy of Dunces
  6. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Would the modern-day equivalent be hacking into the sites selling the e-reader form and deleting from the seller's inventory or doing a browser highjack anytime someone tried to download it?
  7. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Six pages and nobody's mentioned my error?
    Huffington is calling it best novel and in my thread title I called it greatest novel.
  8. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    If The Things They Carried is a novel, then it's that.

    Do we think it's a novel?
  9. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    It's definitely a novel.
  10. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    I'm never sure. A 'composite novel' or a book of 'interrelated shorts stories'?

    Is 'Winesburg, Ohio' a novel or a short story cycle?
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    More recently in that vein, "Olive Kitteridge."
  12. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Could say the same of Diaz's 'This Is How You Lose Her.'
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