I'm not surprised that The Corrections comes in so high. Although admittedly my reading of 21st century fiction has been sparse, it is my favorite of those that I have read. As you know, I admire Cloud Atlas greatly. I enjoyed it so much that I have wanted to read more Mitchell. I also liked Wolf Hall very much. I wish Mantel would finish her Cromwell trilogy. I have held off reading Book 2 until book 3 is complete. That's no reason not to read Wolf Hall, though. It is certainly complete to itself. I was somewhat annoyed at the willfully contrary point of view, making an historical villain her hero and savaging a great man (More). But it is an excellent novel in its own right. I am almost alone in disliking The Road. You may well admire it. I have great regard for the only other McCarthy that I've read, Blood Meridian. The Road struck me as a science fiction dystopia novel that was not as well done as some by actual science fiction writers. But basically no one agrees with me on that.
: That order is fine with me.
: When I decided recently that I should read
: some 21st century novels, I had some things
: like The Road and Wolf Hall in mind
: immediately. As I said, I had read The
: Corrections some months ago. I looked up
: some lists online. I paid most attention to
: three: The Millions, BBC Culture, and
: thegreatestbooks.org. The books I chose were
: ranked as follows by those lists:
: Oscar Wao: 11, 1, 7
: The Known World: 2, 2, 23
: The Road: 6, 17, 6
: Wolf Hall: X, 3, 17
: Cloud Atlas: 3, X, 13
: Half a Yellow Sun: X, 10, 65: I just kind of
: like the title.
: Baudolino: X, X, 33: just curious to read
: another Eco.
: The Corrections is 1, 5, and 1 on the lists.
: Brick Lane comes in at 28 on the last list,
: the only one that goes beyond 20. I read it
: because of comments in a James Wood book.
: I would have chosen Never Let Me Go -10,X,8-
: if we hadn't chosen The Buried Giant
: Have you guys read Atonement? It is 14,9,
: and 2 on these lists, but I read recently
: that McEwan was overwhelmingly chosen by
: readers as the most overrated author.
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