Monday, May 22, 2006

From the NY Times Book Review

Well, Philip Roth is well loved, eh? I've only read 2 on this list. What about you? Which ones are a must read?

What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?

THE WINNER:
Beloved
Toni Morrison (1987)

THE RUNNERS-UP:
Underworld
Don DeLillo
(1997)

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy
(1985)

Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels
John Updike
(1995)

American Pastoral
Philip Roth
(1997)

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALSO RECEIVED MULTIPLE VOTES:

A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole
(1980)

Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson
(1980)

Winter's Tale
Mark Helprin
(1983)

White Noise
Don DeLillo
(1985)

The Counterlife
Philip Roth
(1986)

Libra
Don DeLillo
(1988)

Where I'm Calling From
Raymond Carver
(1988)

The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien
(1990)

Mating
Norman Rush
(1991)

Jesus' Son
Denis Johnson
(1992)

Operation Shylock
Philip Roth
(1993)

Independence Day
Richard Ford
(1995)

Sabbath's Theater
Philip Roth
(1995)

Border Trilogy
Cormac McCarthy
(1999)

The Human Stain
Philip Roth
(2000)

The Known World
Edward P. Jones
(2003)

The Plot Against America
Philip Roth
(2004)

2 comments:

Eden said...

Of these, I've only read Beloved. If I hadn't already packed away my extra copy b/c I was planning to donate it, I would send it. If you can wait until mid-July, it's yours ;)

mistressofchange said...

First off, love your blog(s)!

Second, you must read Confederacy of Dunces, Beloved, and The Things They Carried. All excellent.