These are my ten favorite novels, in roughly the order I would put them if I absolutely had to (which I don't, because it's my list). It is subject to change at whim, which it did for the first time in a long time in 2010.
1. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell (discussed here);
2. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov;
3. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (reviewed here);
4. The Road Home by Jim Harrison;
5. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco;
6. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (reviewed here);
7. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (reviewed here);
8. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald;
9. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; and
10. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan.
Updated June 19, 2010 (Cold Comfort Farm displaced The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All)
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Saturday, April 5, 2008
Published in 1867, Thérèse Raquin is Emile Zola's first novel and a magnificent proto-noir thriller. All the necessary elements are here -- a hot-to-trot young wife, an invalid husband, a greedy lover – all simmered together in a Parisian stew of lust, murder, deception, debauchery, and guilt. With the macabre ghoulishness of Poe and the diabolical desperation of Cain, Thérèse Raquin should be on any noir-lover's bookshelf.