1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word.The featured works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries, including Derek Attridge (world expert on James Joyc...

Details 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Title1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Release DateMar 7th, 2006
PublisherUniverse Publishing(NY)
GenreNonfiction, Reference, Writing, Books About Books, Literature

Reviews 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

  • Ellen
    Edited 8-11-2010 to add Comment no. 4 (below) in response to Paul's follow-up question.First of all, don't tell me what I "must" do before I die.Just fuck off. At Paul's behest, I'm writing my reactions to this list (not really the book, but give me a break - the book is just a bunch of pretty pictures and blurbs defending their idiotic choices). What's important is this shit-for-brains list.Comment no. 1: First, they need a subtitle for “1001 ...
  • Paul Bryant
    There are so many literary awards these days but I think the following notable achievements have been TOTALLY MISSED. So here are the All Time Award winners :Best Keith Richard impersonation : W H AudenAward for the Best exotic dance : Colette and Diablo Cody (tie)Most transgendered author : Gustave Flaubert“Madame Bovary, c’est moi” - Ok, if you say soCreepiest family portrait : The FitzgeraldsMost ridiculous hats, if that’s what they ar...
  • Paul Bryant
    Has anyone thought of this already? Surely they have....I wonder if it would be possible here on Goodreads to have a page listing all the 1001 books and - here's the thing - links to our own reviews of them (maybe with a limit in the case of famous books with a zillion reviews). It would be an interesting resource and would encourage people to review those which haven't got any reviews at all - say, for instance, The Taebek Mountains by Jo Jung-r...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Only For Slackers: "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" by Peter Boxall(Original Review, 2010-04-18)I found this list rather heavy on very recent fiction. There is also no way of knowing whether books published a few years ago will withstand the test of time, and I suspect many wont. This is a reason why, apart from a handful of favourites, I tend to restrict my (sadly limited) rea...
  • Manybooks
    While I of course did not in any way expect to agree with EVERY novel or novella that chief editor and book compiler Peter Boxall has considered worthy of inclusion in his 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (and although MANY of my personal favourites are indeed and happily present) I do have three main and very personally uncomfortable issues with this tome (which actually grate enough for me to now only consider a high one star rating at b...
  • Lawyer
    1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die: An Indispensable GuideOf course, I didn't read this 960 page behemoth in one day. As a matter of fact, the selected edition is the second of two copies in my library, my personal one, and the one I share with my dearest reading friend and partner, Lynda.Rather, this is my indispensable guide to broadening my literary horizons. The pictured edition is that published by Cassell in 2012. However, my first edi...
  • Inder
    I joined the 1001 Books group here on Goodreads, thinking, "What a great way to get exposed to a ton of books!" so I thought I better take a look at the actual list.Pros: Little descriptions of a lot of classic books. Lots of books described here that I have never heard of, and that I might not have known about otherwise. In fact, I may discover some new favorites through this list. Also, it appeals to my 12-year-old self, who loved to write list...
  • Lynda
    Yeah, I know, we GR readers already have too many books on our To Reads list! :-)As I get older my literary tastes change. I've been a little disgruntled with reading lately and thought I'd check this reference guide out. The first thing I did was to go through my home library and check off how many of these books I actually had. I'm embarrassed to say less than 50! So I'm going to use this list as a guide to broadening my reading horizons, toget...
  • Natalie Richards
    Love this book and I can see me returning to it again and again. It`s not going to help me lessen my to read list though! Love this book and I can see me returning to it again and again. It`s not going to help me lessen my to read list though!
  • Paul Bryant
    Further note, for Ben and anyone else interested in what they've added - here are 20 recent titles they've added to give you an idea. I'm sure a comprehensive list will pop up somewhere soon.Professor Martens' Departure : Jaan KrossThe Young man : Botho StraussLove Medicine : Louise ErdrichHalf of Man is Woman : Zhang XianlingBlack Box : Amos OzThe First garden : Anne HebertThe Last World : ChristophRansmayrObabakoak : Bernardo AtxagaInland : Ger...
  • Lara
    Of course I didn't read this front to back...it's a reference book, and a wonderful one at that. Besides, there are plot spoilers! The artwork from first and rare editions and photographs of authors are especially nice. This belongs on every bibliophile's shelf. My three complaints:1. The awful cover, which looks like a cross between a New Age pamphlet and a college text book. Why? 2. It seems as though every work by some authors is included, so ...
  • Marius van Blerck
    The secret to immortality is revealed ... read only 1000 of these. No more.
  • notgettingenough
    I find these lists loathsome, but have no need to go into that, since it has been done so meticulously by Ellen.However, I think this story may be recorded here. It may change your mind about whether hanging out on GR is what measures the importance of reading in your life. I wonder what these people, in peril every day, would think of this list, so much of which seems to comprise trivia. I wonder if it guides them as they make their life-endange...
  • Jeanette
    May 19, 2008After reading or attempting to read a fairly large number of books listed in this book, I have come back and removed two of the stars I originally gave it. Many of the books are terrible, and many of the ones that aren't terrible are not "must reads".Below is my original review from before I'd tried some of the suggested books._____________________________________________________________March 16, 2008I can't believe I read the WHOLE t...
  • Marc
    I can hardly say that I have read this book, but I regularly browse in it and it inspires me (partly) for my reading list. The collection is well composed, but on some works I frown the eyebrows, and the discussions are of a very variable level. Obviously, Anglo-Saxon literature is overrepresented, but at least there is an attempt to look broader! Wonderful to occasionally make new discoveries.
  • David
    Peter Boxall and his panel of high-falutin' lit'ry types got together and made a list of 1001 books they think everyone should read before they die. Now the title might rub some folks the wrong way - hey, who are you, you high-falutin' lit'ry types, up in your academic towers, telling us what we must read? Ultimately this list is probably no better or worse than any other "best books" list compiled by literary scholars, though it's certainly long...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Great reference materialNot what I expected obviously since I’ve inky read about 10% of the listed and discussed books! Yes you heard me-10%! I was floored! The majority of the books I had never heard of, so I immediately hit up public domain on iBooks. I found tons, so that statistic will rise. I understand there is a Part 2 to this book. I will die someday. I don’t think I will put that amount of stress on my soul. Although I’ve read over...
  • Mon
    So many criticisms of this book are about one thing only, and that is so and so didn't get a certain book in. While I do feel that putting every single Virginia Woolf in is a little too much, it can easily be improved by limiting one book per author. That way, even Ayn Rand might have a change of nomination.
  • Nick
    Ah, the freedom to choose. I love this chunky volume, and one I return to for reading ideas. I have read about a quarter of the 1001, so a few more to go. One qualm about this: it focuses too much on very modern works, at the expense of some really excellent novels which are omitted.
  • Skylar Burris
    It's always fun to read some random academic's random list of the books one supposedly should read. It either bestows a sense of satisfaction in seeing one's tastes validated or inspires a pleasing self-righteous indignation at seeing certain books excluded; usually it does a little of both. "1,000 Books You Must Read Before You Die" includes contributions by over one hundred international critics, and, in addition to serving as an amusement, it ...
  • Jennifer
    If you want a compact (well, 900+ page book) list of the books that many people consider to be "classic literature," then sure! Check this book out. It gives a general synopsis of 1001 "classic literature novels" that "you MUST read before you die". For that, it is useful. But it is not even close to being complete.Surprisingly, the editor has organized the books by century, which I found encouraging, because at least I know they appreciate older...
  • Julie
    Borrowed from my local library. Browsed to see if I want to own.
  • Eli Easton
    I love lists. I particularly love book lists. For example, I've compiled in excel lists of horror, thriller, romance, and lit fit books with cross referenced awards and "best of" lists. I particularly like lists such as Mystery Writers of America's Top 100 mystery/thrillers of all time, or RWA's "1001 Best Romance" list. I also like to peruse the Goodread's Choice Awards (voted on by readers in the thousands), Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, and NPR'...
  • Lorraine
    As I was perusing a set of my bookshelves, I saw this book and decided to check out all books recommended by the author. I found that my reading has covered classic books such as Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Catch-22, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Silas Marner, worka by Charles Dickens ,F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, D. H. L...
  • Lisa Vegan
    There’s no question that this is a beautiful book. There are many wonderful photos, drawings, book covers, etc. that enhance the text/book descriptions. I had every intention of reading this book cover to cover, and some day I might do that; I do read many so-called reference books (such as cookbooks) 100%. But, it’s a 960 page book and I’ve decided I’d rather use this as a traditional reference book and read other books instead. If I ref...
  • Nicole
    3-3.5 stars. A great place to harvest fodder for your to-read list. The listings are organized by century of publication (the pre-1700s, 1700s, and 1800s sections are pretty skimpy compared to the 1900s). Each listing is accompanied by a synopsis and pretty pictures. 1001 Books introduced me to some authors and titles that I might not have stumbled upon on my own. It would have received more stars, too, if it presented a more balanced list. I jus...
  • Jennifer
    Obviously this "list" isn't perfect. No Shakespeare, no Homer, no Virgil, no Elie Wiesel, no Kent Haruf, no Herman Wouk, among many other favorites. But the managing editor specifically says he knows it's not perfect and that it couldn't possibly ever be perfect. This book about books is meant to spur discussion, and it does that well. I've discovered deeply compelling authors and works listed here that I'm sure I never would have heard of otherw...
  • Diana
    This is a reference book on, as the title suggests, 1001 very important books. I have to admit, I was skeptical about this book. My first thought was, roughly, "Why should I pay for a book that's just a big list of better books?"Well, thanks to the Orange County public library system, I don't have to pay for it. So now I have it (for three weeks, anyway), and I'm actually enjoying it a lot.It's very browsable — it's easy to flip through and ski...
  • Emily May
    I have never had a problem finding books to read.My whole life, I've never had a problem finding books to read and love. Of all kinds. Of all genres. I would seek them out, one way or another; they couldn't hide from me. From the Goosebumps books I found lying around on the shared shelves in the classrooms of my first school, to my pretentious swanning around my local library in search of those books called "classics" which meant you were totally...