Based on my score in this list of 1001 important books, the answer is no.
I got 38.
Some disclaimers are in order. First, the list includes only fiction. If it included non-fiction, I’d score much higher. I only counted books I actually read — seeing the movie doesn’t count. The list makes some questionable choices (The Lord of the Rings trilogy counts as one book, while Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass is two), and some notable exceptions (Dune,
anything by Faulkner1). But there were enough titles that I recognized and hadn’t read to make me feel a bit ashamed.
The list comes from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, a title that mixes death, forced labor and literature in a way that’s not particularly appealing. But I’m sure the editor explains his biases somewhere in the book.
By all means, share your score and criticisms in comments.
(Original link via Jason Kottke.)
- I mistyped Faulkner’s name when doing a search. Unfortunately, I’d already credited myself for The Sound and the Fury. ↩