1. #1, James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. It must be #1 on the list for a reason- we're going to find out why.
2. #2, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'. I promise we're not just doing the top 10.
3. #4, Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita'. Endless controversy, endless interpretations. One review would just not do it justice.
4. #6, William Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury'. Just because he's not my favorite doesn't
mean I don't acknowledge he's a master craftsman.
5. #13, George Orwell's '1984'. Of all the novels-as-political-allegory of its time, we thought this one the most deserving of its rank.
6. #45, Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun Also Rises'. We're paying homage to the undisputed champion of the iceberg technique.
7. #55, Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road'. Two views on the quintessential novel of American youth.
8. #64, J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye". Being frank- this book is beloved by neither M. nor me. However, since it is so widely taught in high schools and is seen as a "life-changing book" by so many, we thought we should give it a second look.
9. #80, Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited'. Evelyn Waugh is one of both of our favorite authors, but we have very different opinions of this classic.
10.#90, Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children'. This book changed the novel and changed the world. It is one of the most recent on the list, and a stunning representation of the modern
We will be starting next week with our reviews of 'Midnight's Children'. Bear with us- it's a tough, highly symbolic text. In the meantime, we'll be soldiering on with the rest of the list.
 For the amusement of the reader: M. is a positively freakish Evelyn Waugh lookalike. Young Waugh, though, not old drunk jowly Waugh. It had to be said.