Go Back   Palimpsest > Reviews > Top Tens

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 25th Sep 2009, 23:43   #1
John Self
suffers from smallness of vision
John Self's Avatar
Join Date: 27 Jun 2003
Location: Belfast
Posts: 15,939
Default Best Fiction of the Millennium

Interesting list of 20 'best works of fiction since 2000' here from The Millions.

The List
#20: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
#19: American Genius, A Comedy by Lynne Tillman
#18: Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
#17: The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
#16: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
#15: Varieties of Disturbance by Lydia Davis
#14: Atonement by Ian McEwan
#13: Mortals by Norman Rush
#12: Twilight of the Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
#11: The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot D├*az
#10: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
#9: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro
#8: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
#7: Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
#6: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
#5: Pastoralia by George Saunders
#4: 2666 by Roberto Bola├▒o
#3: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
#2: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
#1: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Links go to the Millions summary for the book. Nice to see George Saunders in there, and interested in a couple of books I haven't heard of - numbers 19 and 15 particularly. The list does seem skewed toward a certain kind of 'young'-ish American author, which is probably because the panel consisted of quite a few young-ish American authors.

Norman Rush is someone I've seen mentioned before, and most recently on my blog when a commenter recommended his books.
Reading Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate | Asylum | Book List
John Self is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th Sep 2009, 15:04   #2
Palimpian of the Year

deserves a medal
saliotthomas's Avatar
Join Date: 13 Jul 2008
Location: Marrakech
Posts: 462
Default Re: Best Fiction of the Millennium

There is still 991 years to go to have clear perspective on the question.
So my first thought is what journalists* would not do to sell an article.
As for the list,it is very good(and a bit too bloody good),consensuel,lot of thing i loved and others i want to read.A perfect,flawless,well balanced list.
A ten out of ten list,you get a medal for it,a bench in the front,a white dress,and you die old and wise without once having had a real good bite at life.
Was i carried away here?Well perfection scarres the crap out of me.My apologies.

*I had an exeptional French teacher who told us that when on of is student became a journalist he considered it a failure.He was a charactere and a bit extreme allright but he made me very suspicious of the press.
my painting

Last edited by saliotthomas; 26th Sep 2009 at 17:23.
saliotthomas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th Sep 2009, 18:55   #3
Lizzy Siddal
is a palimpsestin' fool!
Lizzy Siddal's Avatar
Join Date: 10 Feb 2006
Location: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Posts: 696
Default Re: Best Fiction of the Millennium

I think I'm perhaps the only person on the planet to have been underwhelmed by #1 (The Corrections). I abandoned #2 (The Known World). The lists picks up with #3 (Cloud Atlas). I've no quibbles with numbers 6 (The Road),10 (Never Let Me Go) and 14 (Atonement). Might read some of the others on that basis.

However, I must ask, where is Andrea Levy's Small Island?
Reviews at Lizzy's Literary Life
Lizzy Siddal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th Sep 2009, 20:51   #4
Senior Palimpsester
suckles at the teat of the Palim-God
bill's Avatar
Join Date: 12 Dec 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 2,951
Default Re: Best Fiction of the Millennium

I agree with saliotthomas. This list has betrays no obvious passion for fiction, and seems put together by committee (which I suppose it was). What little I read of Twilight of the Superheroes, for instance, indicated to me that it was about precisely the things it needed to be about to make this kind of list. It's not that it's so damn great; it's just about the right things.

None of which is to say that I don't like some of the books on the list -- I even love some of them -- but it's still a boring-ass list.
The Kind of Face You Hate
Currently reading: Various
bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd Oct 2009, 19:27   #5
eats too much cheese
Join Date: 26 Nov 2004
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,282
Default Re: Best Fiction of the Millennium

Originally Posted by Lizzy Siddal View Post
I think I'm perhaps the only person on the planet to have been underwhelmed by #1 (The Corrections).

Not the only person-I bloody hated it! So much so that seeing it on this list undermines, to me, the other books there, although I've read quite a few, and enjoyed them.
currently reading: The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Oryx is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Genres (Fiction) aquablue General Chat 35 29th Feb 2008 12:52
Book Awards for Fiction aquablue General Chat 17 8th Dec 2007 16:51
Short Fiction Stewart General Chat 10 8th Nov 2005 21:55
Dudley Pope's Ramage novels and Comfort Fiction gil Book Reviews 2 5th Jan 2005 23:01
American Fiction Wavid General Chat 1 26th Nov 2003 10:09

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 23:21.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.