Guardian 1000: 1-145

The Guardian’s 1000 books list, first instalment: Love. As usual, bold means I’ve read it, italic means I’ve started it, struck through means I hated it.

Henri Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes (1913)
Layla al-Juhani, Jahiliyya (2006)
Latifa al-Zayyat, al-Bab al-Maftouh (1960)
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Dom Casmurro (1899)
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817)
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811)
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)
Jane Austen, Emma (1815)
Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)
James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room (1957)
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood (1936)
Giorgio Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1962)
HE Bates, Love for Lydia (1952)
Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle (1973)
Saul Bellow, More Die of Heartbreak (1987)
RD Blackmore, Lorna Doone (1869)
Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart (1938)
Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day (1948)
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)
Charlotte Brontë, Villette (1853)
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
Anita Brookner, Look at Me (1983)
AS Byatt, Possession (1990)
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958)
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda (1988)
JL Carr, A Month in the Country (1980)
Willa Cather, My Ántonia (1918)
Willa Cather, A Lost Lady (1923)
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Claudine à l’école (1900)
Sidone-Gabrille Colette, Chéri (1920)
Joseph Conrad, Victory: An Island Tale (1915)
Madame de Lafayette, The Princess of Clèves (1678)
Daphne du Maurier, The Parasites (1949)
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938)
Marguerite Duras, The Lover (1984)
George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (1876)
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)
Enayat el-Zayyat, Al-Hubb w’al-Samt (1967)
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides (1993)
F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
F Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night (1934)
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower (1995)
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856)
Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)
EM Forster, A Room With a View (1908)
John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969)
Paul Gallico, The Snow Goose (1941)
Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth (1853)
André Gide, Strait Is the Gate (1909)
Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song (1932)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
Henry Green, Living (1929)
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951)
Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness (1928)
Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure (1895)
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)
Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders (1887)
LP Hartley, The Go-Between (1953)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850)
Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus (1980)
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929)
Georgette Heyer, The Infamous Army (1937)
Georgette Heyer, Regency Buck (1935)
Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming-Pool Library (1988)
WH Hudson, Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest (1904)
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow (1921)
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (1989)
Henry James, Portrait of a Lady (1881)
Henry James, The Wings of the Dove (1902)
Elfriede Jelinek, The Piano Teacher (1983)
Yasunari Kawabata, Beauty and Sadness (1964)
MM Kaye, The Far Pavilions (1978)
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek (1946)
Pamela Kent, Moon over Africa (1955)
Colette Khoury, Ayyam Ma’ah (1959)
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1978)
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1982)
Pierre-Ambroise-François Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782)
DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1960)
DH Lawrence, The Rainbow (1915)
DH Lawrence, Women in Love (1920)
Rosamond Lehmann, The Echoing Grove (1953)
Rosamond Lehmann, The Weather in the Streets (1936)
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925)
Audre Lorde, Zami (1982)
Alison Lurie, Foreign Affairs (1984)
Amin Maalouf, Samarkand (1989)
Naguib Mahfouz, Cairo trilogy (1956-57)
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice (1912)
Dacia Maraini, The Silent Duchess (1990)
Javier Marías, A Heart So White (1992)
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (1915)
William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980)
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)
Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
Ian McEwan, The Child in Time (1987)
George Meredith, The Egoist (1879)
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Isabel Miller, Patience and Sarah (1969)
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (1936)
Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love (1945)
Nancy Mitford, Love in a Cold Climate (1949)
Elsa Morante, Arturo’s Island: A Novel (1957)
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (1987)
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
RK Narayan, The Painter of Signs (1976)
Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus (1978)
Cees Nooteboom, All Souls Day (1999)
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (1992)
Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago (1957)
Abbé Prévost, Manon Lescaut (1731)
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)
Henry Handel Richardson, Maurice Guest (1908)
Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740)
Samuel Richardson, Clarissa (1748)
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse (1954)
Kurban Said, Ali and Nino (1928)
James Salter, A Sport and a Pastime (1967)
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader (1995)
Aara Seale, The Reluctant Orphan (1947)
Erich Segal, Love Story (1970)
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Enemies, a Love Story (1972)
Elizabeth Smart, At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (1945)
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)
Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love (1999)
Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls (1966)
Graham Swift, Waterland (1983)
Junichiro Tanizaki, Diary of a Mad Old Man (1961)
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877)
Rose Tremain, Music and Silence (1999)
Ivan Turgenev, First Love (1860)
Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons (1988)
Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist (1985)
Sarah Waters, The Night Watch (2006)
Charles Webb, The Graduate (1963)
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (1920)
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion (1987)
Mrs Henry Wood, East Lynne (1861)
Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road (1961)

My total: 25 out of 145, and another two started but not finished.

I’ve linked to my reviews where I have written them. The great book on the list that none of you has read is Ali and Nino by Kurban Said, the amazing (and mercifully succinct) love story of the southern Caucasus during the first world war.

One thought on “Guardian 1000: 1-145

  1. An interesting detective story. Gaunt certainly fits the criteria, and seems a very plausible candidate. But wouldn’t there have been quite a lot of other tallish actresses with largish breasts around at the time?

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