100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide

David C. Major, Author, John S. Major, Author, John S. Major, Joint Author
David C. Major, Author, John S. Major, Author, John S. Major, Joint Author Ballantine Books $12.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-345-43994-9
Reviewed on: 05/28/2001
Release date: 05/01/2001
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Beyond engrossing stories and pretty language, good books offer ""a sense of having participated in much of what is finest in human culture,"" assert David C. Major and John S. Major (coauthor of The New Lifetime Reading Plan) in 100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide. Though some recommendations may take longer than one night (e.g., The Hobbit), they are all enjoyable, tasteful, educational. Greene's Our Man in Havana, Wharton's Madame de Treymes, Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Roth's Portnoy's Complaint and Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop exemplify the authors' canonical taste. Some newer titles, like Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate and Dava Sobel's Longitude, also appear. Most of the selections are fiction, but humor and memoir also weigh in; poetry is excluded. Book groups will appreciate the recommendations as well as the authors' brief essay on each one. ( May 29)
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