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About meIn 1998 The Modern Library notoriously ranked the top 100 English-language novels of the 20th century, immediately earning critical scorn yet forever influencing book-buying patterns (ex. “Customers who purchased Zuleika Dobson also purchased A High Wind in Jamaica").

At that time one amateur reader was dismayed to have tackled only a quarter of these novels. Moreover, I’d never heard of a substantial number of the titles or authors. Consequently, I accepted this list as a challenge, a mental marathon—perhaps best titled a “centathlon.”

I've been stumbling over the years, stopping often to massage cramps, gulp from sloshing plastic cups of water, and sip from brimming cocktail glasses of manhattans with a twist (don't like cherries). This is exuberant, sweaty, grimy dilettantism—you wanna make sumthin of it? Let’s hope so!

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Bloggers, Francophiles, French Connection, Jack Kerouac, Librarians who LibraryThing, Modern Library Collectors, What Are You Reading Now?, Writer-readers


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Member sinceApr 10, 2007

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