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Greatest Novel of All-Time

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

  1. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Give The Recognitions another chance. It takes a couple dozen pages to suss out, but is to postwar American literature what Pollock was to postwar American painting.

    Of course, you might more naturally favor Gaddis' JR.
  2. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    Well, shit.

    Another theory down the tubes.
  3. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    The New York Times reviewed a book about Alexandre Dumas' grandfather, who was the inspiration for the Count of Monte Cristo, on Sunday. It looks awesome.

    My four that I could never choose between are Infinite Jest, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gravity's Rainbow and Tender is the Night.
  4. Awesome.
    Beer on my screen.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I think the idea of a bracket like this is absurd. The top spot for a person should be a multiway tie among the transcendent reads the person has had. The Telltale Heart by Dickens, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Chabon and Anywhere but Here by Mona Simpson were transcendent reading experiences for me. Different in many ways, but tied in the most important criterion.
  6. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    The Sun Also Rises.
    Bracket. Busted.
  7. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    No love for Mike Lupica or Mitch Albom? Blasphemy, I say.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    You Gotta Play Hurt isn't on there.

    This list is invalid.
  9. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Armchair, I would go with Semi-Tough. Remember reading it in 1974 or 1975 and was mightily impressed.
  10. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Middlemarch? Someone at Huff Post is trolling.

    Er, trolling more that usual, I mean.
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    "I'm not fucking an Albanian, Jim Tom!" trumps anything in Semi-Tough.
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    The Bible
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