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For Whom The Bell Tolls
Ryan Sholin |
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 09:02 AM
Grapes of Wrath, baby.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 10:16 AM
... and the Bible is a close second.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 10:17 AM
To Kill A Mockingbird. Clearly.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 08:48 PM
Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 08:17 AM
Sorry can't narrow it down to one...10 books kill a mockingbird would be one, oranges are not the only fruit, written on the body, LOTR,God of small things, i coulg go on...
Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 03:40 PM
The trouble with being born by E.M. Cioran.
Friday, September 23, 2005 at 07:30 AM
Tie between 1984 and Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus
Don Myers |
Friday, September 23, 2005 at 11:09 AM
Ulysses by Joyce gets my vote.
Monday, September 26, 2005 at 05:31 PM
I believe that would be The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 08:46 AM
ZORBA THE GREEK, nikos kazantzakis. it's like if all the other olympian gods were tryin' to fuck with zeus; they are all goddamn powerful, but ain't no taking on the obvious best. again: ZORBA THE GREEK. changed my life.
that is all.
bradley scott hunsinger |
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 08:55 AM
Ubik, by Philip K. Dick, definitely
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 09:42 AM
"Sometimes a Great Notion," by Ken Kesey. It has everything.
Saturday, October 01, 2005 at 11:57 AM
I was so sure that I knew Exactly The Best Book...I thought it was To Kill a Mockingbird for sure...but then I saw the list above and realized atleast 10 are up there.....But I have to say that I think Harper Lee still wears the Crown..Trivia: Did she ever write another book????
allie mcneil |
Monday, October 10, 2005 at 03:13 PM
Great Expectations is the closest to perfect of the Dickens novels, and the only one with no clumsiness in the way it draws its female characters. This should mean it's the best novel in the world.
But then there's War and Peace.
Either book will make believers of any book-lovers who tackle them, as long as said tackling has nothing to do with any kind of school.
Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 04:15 PM
tie between "cat in the hat" or "PT-109"
juan hughjazz |
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 03:20 AM
Native Son by Richard Wright
Nat Turner's Rebellion by Richard Styron
Gerald Bowman |
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 01:33 PM
Tough to comment when I don't know the definition of "greatest". Stendhal's "The Red and the Black" cast the template for the modern novel; the two big Dostoevsky novels are perhaps the most profound; "1984" the most relevant in a political sense; the "Sirens of Titan" has the best ending. Strange that someone mentioned PKD; "The Man in the High Castle" is nearly perfect, "Flow My Tears..." rips your heart out.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 02:28 PM
I put up "The Brothers Karazamov." I was instantly fascinated with the book and took six months to read it. Sure it's heavy, but I thought it was worth the effort to see one man's attempt (Dostoevsky's -- excuse the spelling) to understand how complicated our relationship to God truly is.
I also would like to mention "And Ladies of the Club" by (I believe) Helen Hoover Santmeyer. I really enjoyed the book and, even though it was eposidic, I thought it did an incredible job of following the changing times in the life of an Ohio town.
Kevin Freckman |
Monday, October 31, 2005 at 05:58 AM
I have to say Ulysses is not a book... It is a mind f#ck. If you have truly "read" it than it has truly changed your life. Nothing else on paper touches it (that I have read)... That being said the best novel of all time might be Rememberence of Things Past by Marcel Proust (for prose), Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis (for sentiment), The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (for fun), Moby Dick by Herman Melville (for adventure)...
Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 07:33 AM
Finnegan's wake by joyce.
you will look at this book and either see complete garbage, or you will at least see, this is art.
Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 06:57 PM
"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace is the most impressive book I've ever read. While I don't want to say it's necessarily my favorite, I've read no other author that I believe would be capable of writing it. So in my mind it has a special distinction. As in everything, it seems that the best of today are, by any metric we can devise, better than the best of yesterday; and David Foster Wallace is the best writer of today.
Monday, February 20, 2006 at 01:23 AM
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon is my absolute favorite, but I can't leave out To The Lighthouse, Catch-22, Morrison's Jazz, Ragtime, or Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth
Friday, April 14, 2006 at 04:44 PM
Oh, and if you want something published in the last five years that's still going to be here in a century, the best bets are The Blind Assassin, White Teeth, Never Let Me Go, and The Known World.
Friday, April 14, 2006 at 04:46 PM
The greatest novel ever written? Well, it would be unwise to assume that there is one novel that outranks them all; after all, writing is an art, no matter what some say, and like any arts, there is a plethera of talent- a wide scope of creators since civilization began.
I'd have to say that one cannot simply choose which novel is the best, taking to mind that there are various STYLES, FORMS, and INFLUENCES in each genre, with each writer.
But I'd probably end up saying: the best novel is the one yet written.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 08:22 PM
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