My top 10 of the top 100 of the boards list and the readers list: 1. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad 2. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller 3. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway 4. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell 5. 1984 by George Orwell 6. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut 7. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh 8. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh 9. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding 10. ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert Pirsig
I was limeted in the list above here by the books of writers of the two lists of 100. My real top 10 of my own chosing would be;
1 the works of Franz Kafka 2 Dostoevsky 3 the letters of Vincent van Goght to his brother 4 Little Apocalyps Tadeusz Konwicki 5 Hundejahre by Gunter Grass 6 Narzis und Goldmund by Herman Hesse 7 My name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok 8 The New Duch translation of the Binble 9.HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad 10. The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz
The Stranger Albert Camus Buy Poems of Paul Celan Paul Celan Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky Buy The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky Buy The Possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky Buy The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky Faust Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol Buy The Tin Drum Günter Grass The Complete Stories Franz Kafka Buy The Trial Franz Kafka Buy The Castle Franz Kafka Hamlet William Shakespeare Buy King Lear William Shakespeare Buy Othello William Shakespeare
Adam, Thank you for your response, and so knowing your taste in literature Adam. A friend of mine read THe magic mountain in Dutch translation "De Toverberg", and told me that it was a wonderful book. I stil have to read it. I don't know Jose Saramago and Ota Pavel, can you tell me something about their books "Blindness" and "Death of the handsome deer". The last title sounds comical to me, because I think of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller by that title.
rdywenur, I got the Davinci Code in the original English version, but stil havent read it. My father read it in South-Africa and told us (my mother, sister and me) about it. It gives a differant view on Jesus Christ than the bible does, because Maria Magdelen plays a role as an Apostle. That is what I heard of him, but I have to read it stil. Mostly I do not like bestsellers, because what is popular by the masses does not necasserily is a good book in its literary quintessence. But I am curious about this book because it has two things I am interested in Art history and the history of the Christian faith. One problem with American writers is that they think that when they write a lot of pages (a thick book) than it is a good book, but what counts in my opinion is the quality and not the quantity. There are a lot of short novels which are exellent, like Jerzy Kosinski's "the Devil tree", Charles Bukowski's novel "Post Office", Tchechov's short stories, Gogols "The Petersburg Stories", and Joseph Conrads "Heart of Darkness" and "The Shadow-Line".
To go back to the subject, what did you find of the theme of the the DaVinci Code Davinci Code? Detective, art history and christian history in one? Is it realistic or a far-fetched story?