Best literature ever written?

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Re: Best literature ever written?

Postby crit28782 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:16 pm

Newbie, and admit to experimenting with navigation over taking part at this point....now feeling awkward that I have voted on one book I do think of as a top contender, and another that is seriously flawed on so many levels yet remains one that had a great effect on me in life. I figure the variance relates to the discussion of rating systems.

What great works are not "flawed" when viewed through the lens of another time? Why do we afford some works a tolerance for no longer acceptable concepts, and others not? Is the best literature ever written a matter of import or craft, or both?

Aggregation in rating systems dilutes meaning. However, granular data requires an investment on the voter's part that may push beyond limits. In this context, rude approximations work (for this reader).
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Re: Best literature ever written?

Postby crit33888 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:30 pm

It had Faulkner at the top for the best book ever written. Faulkner is such a headache. Seriously. The emperor is wearing no clothes. He's naked as a jaybird. The only worse choice would have been Joyce.
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