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Wednesday, October 15, 2003:

100 Best Novels

This of course is a very subjective list of my favorite novels. It was a weird experience putting this list together. For one thing I found out that I like Memoirs and short stories. Another list for another time.

1) Kobo Abe: ‘Face of Another’
2) Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre ‘Fantomas’
3) Eric Amber "A Coffin for Dimitrios’
4) Jake Arnott "The Long Firm"
5) Paul Auster "The New York Trilogy"
6) James Baldwin "Giovanni’s Room"
7) J.G. Ballard "Crash"
8) Georges Bataille "Story of the Eye"
9) Max Beerbohm "Seven Men"
10) Hal Bennett "Lord of Dark Places"
11) Thomas Bernhard "The Loser"
12) Andre Breton "Nadja"
13) William S. Burroughs "Naked Lunch"
14) Lewis Carroll "Alice in Wonderland"
15) Louis Ferdinand Céline "Death of the Installment Plan"
16) Raymond Chandler "The Long Goodbye"
17) G.K. Chesterton "The Man Who Was Thursday"
18) Norbert Davis "The Adventures of Max Latin"
19) Mario De Sa-Carneiro "Lucio’s Confession"
20) Patrick Dennis "Genius"
21) Brett Easton Ellis "American Psycho"
22) F. Scott Fitzgrald "Pat Hobby Stories"
23) Ian Fleming "Casino Royale"
24) Serge Gainsbourg "Evguenie Sokolov"
25) David Goodis: "The Street of No Return"
26) David Goodis: "Shoot the Piano Player"
27) Graham Greene "Brighton Rock"
28) Patrick Hamilton "The Charmer"
29) Patrick Hamilton "Hangover Square"
30) Patrick Hamilton "Slaves of Solitude"
31) Dashell Hammett "The Thin Man"
32) Richard Hell "Go Now"
33) Patricia Highsmith "This Sweet Sickness"
34) Patricia Highsmith "Edith’s Diary"
35) Michel Houellebecq "Platform"
36) Richard Hughes "High Wind in Jamaica"
37) Dorothy B. Hughes "In a Lonely Place"
38) J.K. Huysmans "Against Nature"
39) Alfred Jarry "Exploits & Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician
40) Jonquet Thierry "Mygale"
41) Camden Joy "Boy Island"
42) Jim Krusoe "Iceland"
43) Maurice Leblanc "Arséne Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes
44) Ted Lewis "Get Carter"
45) Jean-Patrick Manchette "3 to Kill"
46) Thomas Mann "Death in Venice"
47) Robin Maugham "The Servant"
48) Somerset W. Maugham "The Magician"
49) Yukio Mishima "Confessions of a Mask"
50) Yukio Mishima "The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea"
51) Yukio Mishima "The Temple of the Golden Pavillion"
52) Alberto Moravia "Contempt"
53) Alberto Moravia "Boredom"
54) Vladimir Nabokov "Lolita"
55) Baroness Orczy "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
56) Chris Petit "Mr. Robinson"
57) Luigi Pirandello "The Late Mattia Pascal"
58) Raymond Queneau "We Always Treated Women Too Well"
59) Raymond Radiguet "The Devil in the Flesh"
60) Arthur Schnitzler "Cassonova’s Return to Venice"
61) Arthur Schnitzler "Dream Story"
62) Thorne Smith "Topper"
63) Thorne Smith "The Night Life of the Gods"
64) Philippe Soupault "Last Nights of Paris"
65) Italo Svevo "Zeno’s Conscience
66) Junichiro Tanizaki "Naomi"
67) Alexander Trocchi "Young Adam"
68) Boris Vian "I Spit on Your Graves"
69) Boris Vian "Foam of the Daze"
70) Boris Vian "Autumn in Peking"
71) Nathanael West "Miss Lonelyhearts"
72) Lionel White "The Killing"
73) Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
74) P.G. Wodehouse "Piccadilly Jim"
75) P.G. Wodehouse "Laughing Gas"
76) Cornell Woolrich "I Married a Dead Man"
77) Osamu Dazai "The Setting Sun"
78) Osamu Dazai "No Longer Human"
79) Junichiro Tanizaki "The Key"
80) Haruki Murakami "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle"
81) Albert Camus "The Stranger"
82) Franz Kafka "The Trial"
83) J.G. Ballard "Concrete Island"
84) Dennis Cooper "Frisk"
85) Dennis Cooper "Closer"
86) Emily Bronte "Wuthering Heights"
87) Paul Bowles "The Sheltering Sky"
88) David Goodis "The Moon in the Gutter"
89) William Lindsay Gresham "Nightmare Alley"
90) Kenneth Fearing "The Big Clock"
91) Nathanael West "The Day of the Locust"
92) Voltaire "Candide"
93) Jean Cocteau "The Holy Terrors"
94) Blaise Cendrars "Moravagine"
95) Maxwell Grant "The Living Shadow"
96) Denton Welch "In Youth Is Pleasure"
97) Edogowa Rampo "The Boy’s Detective Story"
98) Georges Bataille "Blue of Noon"
99) Patrick Dennis "Auntie Mame"
100) Iceberg Slim "Mama Black Widow"

Tosh // 10:58 AM

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