. Pritchett"One of the summits of human achievement. George bernard shaw"the way of All Flesh" 1903 exploded like a bomb in Edwardian drawing rooms. Based on samuel butler’s own life and published posthumously, it offers a scathing indictment of Victorian bourgeois values as personified in five generations of the Pontifex family.
Butler’s satire centers on ernest pontifex, an epiphany which leads him to renounce the moral, religious, an orthodox young man who suddenly sees the falseness of the rules and expectations forced on him by parents and teachers, and social values he once held. He would say things that other people knew but didn’t dare to say.
#74 - The Way of All Flesh Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time #ad - S. A great book because it gives an honest picture of the relationship between father and son, and it could do that because Butler was a truly independent observer, and above all because he was courageous. One thinks of it lying in samuel butler’s desk for thirty years, waiting to blow up the Victorian family and with it the whole great pillared and balustraded edifice of the Victorian novel.
#41 - Dangerous Liaisons Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all timeCentaur #ad - It implicates a whole society so founded on falsehood that a single act of emotional truth is tantamount to an act of subversion. Luc sante"in many respects, which was not merely a masterpiece, Laclos is the perfect author: he wrote, but the supreme example of its genre, at around the age of 40, one piece of fiction, the epistolary novel; and then he troubled the public no further.
Christopher hamptonthe complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make “Dangerous Liaisons” 1782 one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Its prime movers, the viscount de valmont and the Marchioness de Merteuil — gifted, wealthy, and bored — form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game.
The marchioness de Merteuil and the Viscount de Valmont are creations without precedent. And they play this game with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them, until they discover mysterious rules that they cannot understand. They are the first in European literature whose acts are determined by an ideology.
#41 - Dangerous Liaisons Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time #ad - André malraux"One of the two greatest French novels. André gide"what really keeps 'dangerous liaisons' potent after two hundred years is not so much its depiction of sex as its catalog of corruptions, including but not limited to the corruption of language by polite cant and the corruption of morals by manners.
In the ensuing battle there can be no winners, and the innocent suffer with the guilty.
#77 - The Rainbow Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all timeD. H. Lawrence #ad - R. Visionary and prophetic, the rainbow was banned in England after its publication in 1915 and was long available in the U. S. The novel also treats the most taboo subject of its time, peering intimately into a family’s sexual mores, exposing the dynamics of marriage and physical love as a sexual tug-of-war that is both formidable and inescapable.
The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation. E. Forster"lawrence was a language, a setting, like all true poetry, a world entirely of his own… He was, against tepid living and tepid loves… giving full expression to the gestures of passion. Anaïs nin"lawrence is the most dostoevskian of English novelists, in whose best work conflicting ideological positions are brought into play and set up against each other in dialogue that is never simply or finally resolved.
#77 - The Rainbow Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time #ad - David lodge"no work, i think, has presented this perception as an imaginatively realized truth more compellingly than 'The Rainbow'. F. Leavislush with religious and metaphysical imagery, this is the story of three generations of the Brangwen family, set against the decline of their rural English existence in the face of industrialization.
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#59 - The Good Soldier Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all timeFord Madox Ford #ad - A tale of passion, ” as its subtitle declares, one american, one english, “The Good Soldier” relates the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples, and the growing awareness by the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade.
It is the attitude of dowell, uncertainty, his puzzlement, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration that make the book so powerful and mysterious. Despite its catalogue of death, insanity, and despair, and has inspired the work of several distinguished writers, the novel has many comic moments, including Graham Greene.
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Middlemarch Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time - #14Centaur #ad - One of the few English novels written for grown-up people. Virginia woolf"what do i think of ‘middlemarch’? What do I think of glory — except that in a few instances this 'mortal has already put on immortality. George Eliot was one. The mysteries of human nature surpass the 'mysteries of redemption, ' for the infinite we only suppose, while we see the finite.
Emily dickinson"‘Middlemarch’ is probably the greatest English novel. Julian barnes"they've women produced the greatest writer in the English language ever, and certainly the greatest novel, and arguably the third greatest, George Eliot, Jane Austen, ‘Middlemarch’. Martin amisby the time the novel appeared to tremendous popular and critical acclaim in 1871-2, George Eliot was recognized as England's finest living novelist.
Middlemarch Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time - #14 #ad - Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and suspense, «Middlemarch» is richer still in character, in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community, and in the great art that enlarges the reader's sympathy and imagination. It is truly, as virginia woolf famously remarked, 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.
It was her ambition to create a world and portray a whole community--tradespeople, country gentry--in the rising provincial town of Middlemarch, middle classes, circa 1830.
#43 - Sentimental Education Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all timeGustave Flaubert #ad - Based on flaubert’s own youthful passion for an older woman, “Sentimental Education” was described by its author as “the moral history of the men of my generation. It follows the amorous adventures of frederic Moreau, returning home to Normandy from Paris, a slender, a law student who, notices Mme Arnoux, dark woman several years older than himself.
He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, and as their paths cross and re-cross over the years, unattainable love of Moreau’s life. Blending love story, and satire, historical authenticity, “Sentimental Education” is one of the great French novels of the nineteenth century.
#43 - Sentimental Education Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time #ad - It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime.
#26 - Tristram Shandy Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all timeLaurence Sterne #ad - Laurence sterne's great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorize it. A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, «Tristram Shandy» is also a wry demonstration of its limitations. Part novel, its gloriously disordered narrative interweaves the birth and life of the unfortunate "hero" Tristram Shandy, and a host of other characters, part digression, the eccentric philosophy of his father Walter, the amours and military obsessions of Uncle Toby, including Dr.
Slop, corporal Trim and the parson Yorick.
#56 - The Dream of the Red Chamber Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all timeCao Xueqin #ad - The author’s family were close to the Ching imperial house in general, and with Emperor Kang-hsi in particular. Although it saw a period of relative stability, feudal society was already on the decline and all the contradictions inherent in it were sharpening. This classic novel an erotic tale of love, sex and passion is a masterpiece of realism takes as its background the decline of several related big families and drawing much from the author’s own experiences.
The tragedy of tragedies. Wang guowei"'the dream of the red chamber' is to the chinese very much what 'The Brothers Karamazov' is to Russian and 'In Search of Lost Time' is to French literature… It is beyond question one of the great novels of all literature. Anthony west“'the dream of the red chamber' and 'The Tale of Genji' are the two greatest works of prose fiction in all the history of literature.
#56 - The Dream of the Red Chamber Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time #ad - Kenneth Rexroth "A masterpiece. Frederic wakeman"the dream of the red chamber", the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Ching Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. The ching dynasty 1644-1911 was the last feudal dynasty in China.
. He died in 1763 without having finished his novel. Cao xueqin focused on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu and, in the meantime, provides a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire.
Fathers and Sons Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time - #54Ivan Turgenev #ad - The young friends, bored by the rustic life of the Kirsanoff estate, venture off to the provincial capital in search of amusement. Fathers and sons' stirs the mind… because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity. Dmitry pisarev"Turgenev was of the stuff of which glories are made.
Henry james"turgenev is much the most difficult of the Russians to translate because his style is the most beautiful. Constance garnett"what an amazing language!" —anton ChekhovConsidered Ivan Turgenev’s greatest work, “Fathers and Sons” was the first of the great nineteenth-century Russian novels to achieve international renown.
Fathers and Sons Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all time - #54 #ad - . A stirring tale of generational conflict during a period of social revolution, it vividly depicts the friction between liberal and conservative thought and the rise of the radical new philosophy of nihilism. There they encounter both romance and alienation. Set in russia during the 1860s against the backdrop of the liberation of the serfs, the story concerns the clash of older aristocrats with the new democratic intelligentsia.
The impressionable young student Arkady Kirsanoff arrives home in the company of his friend Bazarov, a cynical biologist. Arkady’s father and uncle, grow increasingly irritated at Bazarov’s outspoken nihilism and his ridicule of the conventions of state, already distressed by the upheaval of the peasants, church, and home.
#92 - The Moonstone Centaur Classics The 100 greatest novels of all timeCentaur Classics #ad - The moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. Eliot as ‘the first, "the moonstone" is a marvellously taut and intricate tale of mystery, and the best of modern English detective novels’, the longest, in which facts and memory can prove treacherous and not everyone is as they first appear.
S. Hailed by T. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel’s household is above suspicion.