100 greatest novels By Kevin Holtsberry On June 25, 2002 In News UPDATE: Click here for more on this subject. Here is a sad discovery: Of the modern library’s 100 best novels I have read a grand total of 11. I think I need to pick up the pace . . . About Post Author Kevin Holtsberry I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season). See author's posts Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Related Previous Welcome to My Planet – Shannon Olson Next Napoleon – Paul Johnson 4 Comments Add Comment → Robert Bauer If it makes you feel better, I’ve only read seven of the Board’s list and twelve of the Readers’ list. Of course, if I’d read all the books I was assigned to read, it would be more like fifteen off the Board’s list, but, c’est la vie… June 25, 2002 Reply Peter Sean Bradley Hah. You beat me. I was in at 10. But I’m reading Joyce’s Ulysses only because its in the pole position on this list. On the other hand, one of the “books” I did read was Dos Passos’ USA, which really should count for three books. On the other hand, I rule on the Reader’s List thanks to my extended study of the ouvre of Robert Heinlein. But Battlefield Earth is in third position? Not in this universe. June 25, 2002 Reply Kane Miller I was apalled by that list. I can’t understand why 1984 wasn’t at the very leaste ranked five. 1984 is the most far ahead of its time books ever written, well Brave New World comes close but it doesn’t nearly hit the nerve 1984 hits. The Catcher in the Rye is a masterpiece yet was in the sixties some where. That is BS. I also believe Of Mice and Men and johnny got his gun should’ve been on the list. I piss on that list. November 12, 2002 Reply James A Farrell That list is a sham, a mockery. Why are there no modern novels? How is Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s complaint better than his book ‘ American Pastoral? ‘ It’s not. Well will people grow up? Evolve? Crusty old men with white beards perched on their fucking ridiculous laurels, immutable, bored and boring. Burn the list. July 21, 2003 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.