Top 40

Here is a tantalizingly exotic book list, from World Literature Today.

Top 40 Most Important Works in the World: 1927 – Present

I’ve only read two and a half of these works (García Márquez’ gold fishes defeated me), and was already intending to read the “big” Latin American authors, but the whole list looks like a fascinating journey around the world, without the turista.

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3 comments on “Top 40

  1. Talmida says:

    Wow! I've read 4 of them, but don't even recognize about 30 titles!
    The Latin authors can be a lot of fun, especially if you can get into the surreal. My favourite is Laura Esquivel who wrote Like Water for Chocolate, but I also enjoyed Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I'm not keen on really heavy books (give me escapism any day) and I found these very accessible (especially the Esquivel).

  2. Julie says:

    This is a VERY intriguing & inspiring list. Thanks for passing it on.
    I haven't read very many, either. Four Quartets, To the Lighthouse, plus half of One Hundred Years — another thing we have in common — and about a quarter of Things Fall Apart.
    Oh, and I second the previous commenter's recommendation of Aunt Julia & The Scriptwriter. I'm not at all big on Latin “magical realism,” but Aunt Julia transcends the genre.
    Ok, well, off to the library I go!

  3. Sylvia says:

    I have read the Law of Love by Laura Esquivel, which was billed as the first multimedia novel, including graphic sections and a CD to be played during specific passages. I thought the ending a little too rushed and convenient, but otherwise it was engaging and very Mexican.

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