Archive Society 30 Books Everyone should read before they die
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This list tries something daring (although I think it fails ultimately): to combine the classics of yesterday with predictions about the classics of tomorrow. The whole concept of a classic is that you can’t really know today what will have relevance and staying power 25 or 50 years from now. I’m guessing that in 50 years, Life of Pi and The Lovely Bones will be as forgotten as James Gould Cozzens’ Pulitizer Prize winning novel Guard of Honor (a big hit in its day), but I could be wrong. What is 2012’s Moby Dick – a book that was trashed by contemporary reviewers and is now usually in every top 100 list?
This list brings back memories of high school. I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride & Prejudice, and Great Expectations. A few of these I’ve seen on film, e.g. A Christmas Carol, Lord of the Flies and A Clockwork Orange. The one entry that really astounds me is The Bible. As another poster noted, it’s the most published book, yet seriously, how many people in the world can stand up and truthfully claim that they’ve read The Bible??? I’m betting most priests in most Christian religions haven’t read the entire Bible. And the list seems skewed to Western works. No Bhaghavad Gita? No I Ching? No Art of War? Seems to me that this list needs to broaden its horizons. Just my two cents. John V Karavitis
In North America, the MLA acronym is commonly related to the Modern Language Association (of America) and its crushingly influential Style Guide — so I changed MLA to its full version.
The MLA list claims to have 30 books, yet there are only 29 on the list…
Nobody should have to read Jane Austen. GARBAGE!
Well, Bible is number one bestseller of all times so that one should stay, but how did Lord of the Rings or Gone with the Wind made it on the list over so many others I can not understand.
If the Bible is going to make the list, I don’t see why the Koran, the Torah, or the Bhagavad Gita aren’t on here as well.
Yes, they are classics but curious incident is a modern classic and is actually a very good book.
Although I agree this list isn’t that good at all.
But it was the majority that claimed these are the top 30 so who are we to question really?
Could be better (:
…no Oscar Wilde? o_O;
Wow.. the Bible?Really?