For those of you frustrated with the “Top 100” book meme in my previous post, here’s a post summarizing six alternate “Top 100” lists. You may find one you’re happier with! Or at least, one lacking The Da Vinci Code. Hallelujah!


  1. #1 Thomas
    July 25, 2008

    All these lists are terribly biased towards American and British authors (plus a few Russian and French authors in translation). They have actually written books — great books — in other parts of the world too.

  2. #2 Jessica Palmer
    July 25, 2008

    Thomas – that is a really good point. I was looking for authors representing post-colonial fiction, like Anita Desai. I think they just may not have a large enough readership in English-speaking countries – yet. At least Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie are consistently represented.

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