Rates and evaluates one hundred noteworthy novels, from the medieval Japanese "Tale of Genji" to contemporary works, and provides summaries, details about their origins, critical opinions, and an account of their impact.
The idea of picking the top 100 novels of all time, much less ranking them, might seem to be too daunting a task for anyone. Nevertheless, the author of The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time (2001), has tackled just such a project with this work. A significant number of works not originally penned in English are represented, but a distinct English language and American bias is, not unexpectedly, present. Each of the entries offers a brief critical summary of the work in question. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)