June 20, 2007

The book that defines the 20th century –revealed

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:28 pm by librarygirl

As posted previously, Guardian Unlimited, of the UK, ran a public survey to discover the definitive book of the 20th century. And the winner by 22% (drum roll please) was… 1984 by George Orwell, beating out 50 other hopefulls that included The Great Gatsby, Cather in the Rye, and The Diary of a Young Girl.

Here is a list of the top 10 books, as voted on by the public (according to the article by Guardian Unlimited they are listed in order of publication date):

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Does anyone else think that it’s even slightly humorous that Bridget Jones’s Diary made it to the top ten list? It’s just a little funny to think that the humorous misery of single life was a definitive topic of the 20th century.


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