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Greatest Novel of All-Time

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

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Except it's not a novel.
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member


    "I never read the book."
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  3. Care Bear

    Care Bear Guest

    The Tell-Tale Heart is a Poe masterpiece, I believe.
  4. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    I notice a conspicuous absence of the Twilight saga on that list.
  5. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    When our niece had to read Grapes, I told her to save herself some time when she hit the part about the turtle, and just skip ahead to where the story picks up again. After finishing it, she asked me what I was talking about. In my memory, that turtle crawls along for at least 25 pages.
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Poe, Dickens, Fu Schnickens, whatevs. Now I now why the teacher put a red mark through the author name on my paper.
  7. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    Never got around to reading Moby Dick, but my favorite quote about it. . .

    and that was Melville's brother-in-law.

    Count me in the anti-Dickens crowd too. Other than Christmas Carol and Tale of Two Cities it seemed like he just wrote the same book over and over. Great Expectations is just horribly overrates.

    Meanwhile where is Slaughterhouse Five? Where is On the Road?
  8. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I had to read Mockingbird in school and not Gatsby. If that's true for more people out there, it could explain why Mockingbird would be winning the vote.
  9. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Bingo. Why not 'Mill on the Floss,' or any other turbid Eliot pastoral of the same period?

    No 'Tristram Shandy?' Has to be a put-on.
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I like this list, for the purposes of a tournament-style bracket friendly to the moderately well-read: http://thegreatestbooks.org/
  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Good list, helpful site.
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    It's a fictional narrative with a single, overarching theme.
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