Saturday, July 12, 2008

The New Classics

I believe that reading the books of the Western Canon provides a foundation upon which one builds and this structure ultimately will make him a better reader. That being said, taking this position means I often miss out on newer books or feel guilty when looking over the ever expanding list of classic titles which I have not yet experienced.

So I was pleased to see this list of "New Classics" from Entertainment Weekly. Many of the books included are books that I have long wanted to read, but just never seem to get to. Now that they are listed as classics, I can move them up the priority list and perhaps I won't feel like I am continuously missing out on something.

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)

To view the remaining 90 titles go to the Entertainment Weekly EW 1000 website.


Anonymous said...

Hey, I can say I've read at least two new classics!--Beloved and Maus. I think I was in high school, but I don't remember anymore.

Patricia A.

Joni said...

I am embarrassed to admit that both are on my list of to be read.

Actually I have done better with the standard list of western canon classics, but was encouraged when I realized I had read a few of these "modern" classics.

Then again what is a classic brings up a whole different discussion.

Thanks for your comment.