Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Junot Diaz's ' Wondrous Life' tops list of 20 best novels in 21st century

One of my favorite writers, the Dominican-born Junot Diaz, topped the list of more than 150 novels of the 21st century named in a poll of leading critics by BBC Culture, the entertainment arm of the BBC's international website, which included choices from experts at the New York Times and Time magazine.
Diaz won for his Pulitzer-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007).

The winners:

1. Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
2. Edward P Jones, The Known World (2003)
3. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)
4. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
5. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2001)
6. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
7. Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
8. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012)
9. Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)
11. Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)
12. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (2002)
13. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (2013)
14. WG Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)
15. Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (2012)
16. Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty (2008)
17. Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2010)
18. Zadie Smith, NW (2012)
19. Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2009)
20. Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire (2004)


Anonymous said...

I have not read many recent novels. I am still working my way through the "classics." This list will be helpful in getting started. Any personal recommendations from this list (or others)?