Wednesday, December 09, 2009

finally, a round-up list that's interesting!

Here's the Guardian's "Books of the Decade" column, in case you didn't catch it elsewhere. It's interesting because it doesn't make claims about which books were best, but rather which books were influential, and speculates on why particular books got attention at particular points. There is one "winner" and several runners-up for each year, 2000-2009.

It's a teensy bit British-skewed, but not so much that it's irrelevant to non-Brits.

Let me know your thoughts.

16 comments:

_*Rachel*_ said...

1 I've read, several I want to read, about 1 I started but didn't finish, many I'd never heard of, and 4 that I won't read because of my religion. Oh, and 1 I won't read because of my politics. (That one's pretty easy to guess.)

It's snowing outside. Even though my main mode of transportation is walking, that makes me happy.

Matilda McCloud said...

I agree--this is a great list. I've actually read a bunch of these books so I don't feel like a dolt--and I want to read some of the others. BTW, I recommend PERSEPOLIS and the sequel.

JES said...

That's a pretty damned wonderful piece, I thought. I haven't read nearly enough of the selections to say that I agree or not with the list in general, but the incisive, full-length reviews by those wonderful writers make me wish I had read them all.

(Just for one example, Julian Barnes on Zadie Smith: now I'm embarrassed never to have read her, for all the reasons he was concerned -- and relieved -- which he ticks off in the first paragraph.)

Loved Alison Lurie's take on how the Sorting Hat should have dealt with Hermione and Ron!

Voidwalker said...

As long as it's not a pitch from Jaime Lee Curtis, then I could look into it. (Not a fan of J.L. Curtis) hehe.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Very interesting. I've read five: WHITE TEETH (really fun), ATONEMENT (wow),
CURIOUS INCIDENT (great look at Autism and incredible writing), KITE RUNNER (painful and at times far-fetched)
EATS SHOOTS AND LEAVES (I love the tag "ultimate posh loo book").

Had no idea Marilynn Robinson even had a new book out (must be out of touch). Absolutely loved GILEAD and liked HOUSEKEEPING, but that's another discussion...

Thanks for sharing!

Charles Gramlich said...

a bit on the literary side for my tastes.

ORION said...

Interesting how the commercial successes were juxtaposed onto the prize winner/literary successes- ultimately it's personal taste really
...looked for Out Stealing Horses and um...twilight? lol!

Rebecca Knight said...

I loved the take on why Harry Potter # 7 was as popular as it was :). It actually makes complete sense, but in a way I hadn't thought of before.

Love it when that happens ;).

Sarita said...

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Sierra Godfrey said...

Love these lists. Also, I think many are secret Anglophiles and therefore even non Brits will appreciate.

Also, to the commenter who wrote in, um, Asian characters...yes, totally agree. I think.

moonrat said...

Sierra--good point. i'll delete that. i don't feel like buying any gold or porn today, i don't think.

sanjeet said...

I won't read because of my politics. (That one's pretty easy to guess.)


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jo-blogs said...

Oh, please. A teensy bit British-skewed? I suppose the Guardian should have come up with a US-centric list just to please The Internet. Honestly.

moonrat said...

Sorry, jo-blogs, but most of my readers are Americans and don't know who eg Alistair Campbell is (I had to look him up). Ya know? I was informing, not judging.

Andromeda Romano-Lax said...

Great list! I see some favorites here, including Zadie Smith's WHITE TEETH and Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS -- plus some titles I missed completely. Fun reading. Thank you.