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 already.
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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