Classics Rule!

The Online Computer Library Center has produced a list of the “Top 1000” books and recordings carried by its member libraries in over 80 countries. I haven’t read the whole list (1000 is a lot!) but the top positions are dominated by classics, both literary and musical. Jane Eyre (30) just edged out Pride and Prejudice (32). I’m surprised that the Tao Te Ching was only 53 as it is the second most popular book in the world (or so I’ve read). The top 300 are almost all “must reads” (or “must listens”). There is very little science fiction in the top 500, and the only film in the top 500 is Hamlet (the film version of Macbeth is not far behind at 553). The Slaves of Golconda’s last read, The Picture of Dorina Gray, came in at #167 and our next assignment, The Virginian, is ranked a respectable #347. How do your favourites rate?

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4 comments on “Classics Rule!

  1. Stefanie says:

    It's a bit disturbing that Garfield comes in at #15.

  2. Julie says:

    I saw that too. Yuk.
    On the other hand, it's sort of touching that Mother Goose is #3.
    And some amusing bedfellows: Bhagavad Gita next door to A Christmas Carol????
    And oh, look, there's Farmer Boy down at #994, which I just recently blogged about.
    Pardon my rambling; thanks for the cool link, Syl.

  3. Casey says:

    Crime and Punishment — #72? Tom Sawyer ahead of MacBeth? ANYTHING ahead of Moby-Dick? What a fun list to read; but how infuriating at times! (P.S., love your blog)

  4. Sylvia says:

    Thanks, Casey. Soooo… are you saying you liked Moby Dick?

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