Time’s Top Ten

I don’t know if this is copyrighted or not (i’ll just assume not) but I found this list on Time Magazine that tries to identify the top 10 books of all time! “Top 10?”… please! Truth be told, such a statement is so trite and overused, that if our ears had spam filters, they would be lodged in there right after the words “Top 10”. But after reading the essay that precedes Time’s little pronouncement, and being charmfully beguiled by their clever writing, I’m actually quite impressed with the list. If you swap ‘1’ with ‘3’, and ‘2’ with ‘6’, I think it’s spot-on–at least the first 7. I’ve never read 8,9,10 — but who can argue with Time?

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  7. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  9. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  10. Middlemarch by George Eliot