1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall
“From Aesop’s Fables to Zeno’s Conscience and from Achebe to Zola, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die offers concise critical insight into the books and the writers that have excited the world’s imagination. From Billy Bathgate, Billy Bud, and Billy Liar to Calvino, Camus, and Coetzee, here you’ll find the big ideas and the best-sellers. From the popular drama of Louisa May Alcott to the stomach-turning cult fiction of Chuck Palahniuk, you’ll find the writing that has made the world over and over again.”
Discover the stories behind the adjectives: Dickensian, Kafkaesque, Rabelaisian and the writers behind the stories. From the dark recesses of Marquis de Sade’s jail cell to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, from The Awakening and Enigma of Arrival to The End of the Road and The End of the Story, explore the greatest novels of all time.
A must have for all book lovers. I’ve only read a fraction of the books listed here but I’m definitely planning to work my way through the list. The essays about the books and/or authors are also very interesting.
Published March 7th 2006 by Universe (first published 2006)