Tuesday, 3 January 2012

All-Time Top Ten Topped and Tenned

So there you have it.  Here are the links to my ten posts on the top ten bestelling books of all time. Why? What did you spend your Christmas break doing?

10. Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich (1937)

9. Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code (2003)

8. H. Rider Haggard, She (1887)

7. C S Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)

6. Agatha Christie, Ten Little Niggers (1939)

5. Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber (1759-91)

4. J R R Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937)

3. J R R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)

2. Antoine Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince (1943)

1. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)


anarchist said...


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Ruzz said...

Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?

As it were.

Adam Roberts said...

Busy, Ruzz! Busy busy! You wouldn't believe how busy!

TimT said...

What ho!

I just read your C S Lewis review and naturally enough I want to argue.

You got it wrong I think on a number of points but the main flaw in your argument occurs at the start, where you say The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was not allegory. Lewis had an expansive view of allegory that encompasses what happens in TLTWATW. It's outlined in the introduction he wrote to his earliest novel, 'The Pilgrim's Regress' - he felt an allegorical structure had to both represent something, but also be a story, a world unto itself.
This makes Christian interpretations of TLTWATW both more complicated and more interesting.

And just on the Susan point, the consensus seems to be that Susan is barred from heaven for sexuality - well I beg to differ. Shasta and Aravis, who go on to have a son, make it into heaven. I thhink Lewis's judgment falls out against Susan more because she becomes caught up in a worldly identity. (I can't remember the bit about the lipstick in particular but I think that fits in with this idea - lipstick allows people to create an illusion about themselves, to hide and distract - that's just a provisional interpretation).

Now I will go and read The Hobbit review! I'm much less fond of Tolkien's writing than I am of Lewis's so there probably won't be anymore tedious disagreements from me. :)

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