Oh Look, The Guardian Picks the Top 10 Best Books of This Century

Gee, ya think these will actually be “the best,” or will there be some bones thrown for the sake of bone throwing?

  1. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (2009)
  2. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (2004)
  3. Secondhand Time, by Svetlana Alexievich (2013), translated by Bela Shayevich (2016)
  4. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
  5. Austerlitz, by WG Sebald (2001), translated by Anthea Bell (2001)
  6. The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman (2000)
  7. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

And there it is. PFFFFFFFFT. One of the best how? How many words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, books are needed to hammer the same gripes and falsehoods over and over?

-“Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all we have, and you come to us endangered.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, 
Between the World and Me

After a shitstain tries to rob some innocent dude at 4 am, and is ventilated by the victim’s AR-15, I see the loving mother, without a father anywhere in sight, surrounded by 6 more children all looking like they were cranked out by different “loving” fathers, demanding justice.

Is that the “love” Coates is writing about? Sounds like it’s an obsession with something other than the children. It’s the dream realized. They are finally in the purview of a bow-tied lawyer who might secure a payday in exchange for one of the “beloved” brood.

“The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant “government of the people” but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term “people” to actually mean.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, 
Between the World and Me

Still with Lincoln? Black authors are on best book of the 21st century lists still griping about 19th century reconstruction. Trillions of dollars have been pumped into the cause of raising up the entirety of the black community, only to find that is a bottomless pit of futility. Nothing will be satisfactory for the Coates ilk, who make a fortune as long as there is a disgruntled and angry black populace.

“To yell “black-on-black crime” is to shoot a man and then shame him for bleeding.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, 
Between the World and Me

Maybe it’s my privilege, or my logical brain, but this quote makes zero sense to me.

“Hate gives identity. The nigger, the fag, the bitch illuminate the border, illuminate what we ostensibly are not, illuminate the Dream of being white, of being a Man. We name the hated strangers and are thus confirmed in the tribe.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, 
Between the World and Me

I see black people who are smart, beautiful, successful and happy. Thusly, they are in the only “tribe” that matters. How in the world did they do it?

“Then the mother of the murdered boy rose, turned to you, and said, “You exist. You matter. You have value. You have every right to wear your hoodie, to play your music as loud as you want. You have every right to be you. And no one should deter you from being you. You have to be you. And you can never be afraid to be you.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, 
Between the World and Me

Yes, because blacks are being murdered for wearing hoodies and playing loud music.

I’m going to quote Coates here – “But race is the child of racism, not the father” – with a twist:

Wearing hoodies and playing loud music is the child of being murdered, not the father.

8. Autumn, by Ali Smith (2016)

9. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)

10. Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)

24 Comments on Oh Look, The Guardian Picks the Top 10 Best Books of This Century

  1. Well, if Obola can win a Nobel, I guess these illiterates can win “Best Book of the Century” prizes (before 80% of the Century occurs).

    What a crock of bullshit.

    This is the result of Affirmative Action and rampant ignorance.

    izlamo delenda est …

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  2. …huh, Barky’s not in there. Genuinely surprised, they must be rayciss.

    Also, no Hillary books?
    Sexist too, then.
    /s

    …I’m kidding, but I bet someone else WON’T be.

    N.B. to the Guardian, you can NEVER be woke enough, just wait ’til they come after you for not listing the Koran, which won’t be until some Iman reads it to them since Muslims are generally illiterate in EVERY language…

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  3. There is no way in hell I will ever read a single book on this list. Hillsdale College’s book recommendations yes but no politically correct bs nonsense. You read good books to think, not to be politically indoctrinated. Crime and Punishment (as well as the Brothers Karamazov) and The Abolition of Man I hove read before and will probably reread again. Throw in some Ray Bradbury, Robert A Heinlein, Russel Kirk, Alexander Solzehenitsyn, Malcom Muggeridge, Witness by Whittaker Chambers, Mark Twain, Wendell Berry, CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, JRR Tolkien etc. and you have a library of good books for life.

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  4. …were these selected because they have pretty pictures? Most liberals can’t read, so the criterion has to shift to something else…

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  5. They get special dispensation because as a people they’ve been terribly abused in the past and it’s even worse now. In todays world it’s required to kiss their ass irregardless of how obnoxious or criminal their behavior. If they ruin your evening at a eatery of movie theater by being loud,rude and disgusting thats just tough toenails.
    You’re to button up your lip and worship.

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  6. Everybody Poops is a classic kids book that I read to my kids when they were little. And Go The F To Sleep especially on the video read by Samuel L Jackson is the most hilarious thing we ever listened to in my men’s book club. All the guys were laughing so hard it was ridiculous. We almost laughed as hard as the first time I saw Monty Python and The Holy Grail, it’s that funny.

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  7. Black males commit more crimes than any other identifiable subgroup. That’s why Jesse Jackson once said he’s relieved that the footsteps behind him on a dark street are white. But any black person who now comes out and says it gets the Cosby treatment.

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  8. This all goes to show that nobody should write or rate books while smoking crack. The book these idiots really need to read is “The Little Red Hen”.

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  9. Rick SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 AT 12:14 PM

    Et al…

    My thought at first also and then went back to the TITLE.
    From this century…
    Yeah, still trash but this century’s trash and fire starters.

    seaoh SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 AT 2:40 PM

    OH MY GOD, WHERE DO YOU COME UP WITH THIS STUFF!
    LOVED IT!

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  10. The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury, it predicted what is going on now, so accurate, it’s quite scary. The man was a genius.

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