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From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-21 7:05 AM 
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The critics named 228 novels in all. These are the top 100.


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From: Pegasus (VE5CAP)Jun-21 8:03 AM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 54) 
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To my surprise, I've read 16 of them!


From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-21 8:44 AM 
To: Pegasus (VE5CAP)  (3 of 54) 
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wow!  Good for you!      I've read 6 ... guess I need to go back and add a few to my wish list  :-)


From: Pegasus (VE5CAP)Jun-21 9:36 AM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 54) 
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I've read most of them while I was in my 20s, but I've reread some of them several times, too. 


From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-21 11:27 AM 
To: Pegasus (VE5CAP)  (5 of 54) 
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Like you, the ones I have read, I read quite a while ago.  I don't think I've re-read any  of them .... maybe I should  :-)


From: gjones2twoJun-21 8:36 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 54) 
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I've read (completed) 20, probably 21, slightly more at the top of the list than further down (which is what I'd hope if the top ones are better). For my top 100 I'd have included a few more mysteries, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Doyle and a few more 20th-century ones.

100. The Code of the Woosters (PG Wodehouse, 1938) [probably -- read every Jeeves-Wooster book I could find, and no longer remember which)
93. Lord of the Flies (William Golding, 1954)
90. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins, 1859) [possibly, but won't count that one]
83. Barchester Towers (Anthony Trollope, 1857)
77. Of Human Bondage (W Somerset Maugham, 1915)
66. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen, 1811)
64. The Way We Live Now (Anthony Trollope, 1875)
62. Animal Farm (George Orwell, 1945)
55. Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift, 1726)
47. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne, 1759)
40. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll, 1865)
33. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame, 1908)
27. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe, 1719)
23. Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy, 1895) [have had the paperback since my teen years but have never read it]
22. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Henry Fielding, 1749)
21. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad, 1899)
20. Persuasion (Jane Austen, 1817)
19. Emma (Jane Austen, 1815)
12. Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell, 1949) [just part of it]
11. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen, 1813)
10. Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1848)
8. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens, 1850)
7. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë, 1847)
4. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens, 1861)



From: gjones2twoJun-21 8:49 PM 
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Make that 19, probably 20. On second thought I'm not sure I completed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I'm going by faint memories because every book I read was read at least two decades ago, most more like half a century ago.


  • Edited June 21, 2020 8:49 pm  by  gjones2two

From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-21 9:42 PM 
To: gjones2two  (8 of 54) 
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Hound of the Baskerville's would be a great addition to the list!  Most of the ones I've read, I read when I was a teenager or a young adult.  I loved Great Expectations .. I was in middle school, I believe.


From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-21 9:42 PM 
To: gjones2two  (9 of 54) 
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It's maddening when the rememberer quits remembering  :-)


From: gjones2twoJun-22 7:11 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 54) 
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I notice that Middlemarch by George Eliot appears at the top of this list, and among the top few on some other lists. I may give it a try.



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