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100 top novels — 5

Michael M. gets the credit for reminding me of George Orwell. Immediately, the question was: Animal Farm or 1984? For me 1984, is by far the more powerful book, but Animal Farm may belong on the list, too—I just can’t remember it well enough to be sure. Another book added to my reading stack.

New addition: 1984 (#43)

1 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2 Beloved – Toni Morrison
3 To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
4 Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
5 Molloy – Samuel Beckett
6 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
7 Underworld – Don DeLillo
8 Middle Passage – Charles Johnson
9 White Noise – Don DeLillo
10 Middlemarch – George Eliot

11 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
12 Suttree – Cormac McCarthy
13 Housekeeping – Marilyn Robinson
14 Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15 The Brother’s Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
16 The Plague – Albert Camus
17 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
18 Darkness at Noon – Arthur Koestler
19 The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
20 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

21 Native Son – Richard Wright
22 All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
23 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
24 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
25 The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
26 Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko
27 Wolf – Jim Harrison
28 Narcissus and Goldmund – Herman Hesse
29 The Master and Marguerita – Michael Bulgakov
30 Blindness – Jose Saramago

31 A House for Mr. Biswas – V. S. Naipaul
32 Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
33 The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)- Herman Hesse
34 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
35 Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
36 The Bone People – Keri Hulme
37 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
38 The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
39 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
40 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzhenitzen

41 Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
42 Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
43 1984 – George Orwell
44 The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem
45 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
46 Mao II – Don DeLillo
47 Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
48 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
49 The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
50 Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

51 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
52 As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
53 The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
54 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
55 Neuromancer – William Gibson
56 For Whom the Bell Tolls – Earnest Hemingway
57 Generation X – Douglass Copeland
58 Brave New World – Aldus Huxley
59 The Chosen – Chaim Potok
60 Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

61 Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
62 The Dog of the South – Charles Portis
63 All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
64 Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
65 The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
66 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
67 Gorky Park – Martin Cruz Smith
68 White Teeth – Zadie Smith
69 The Stone Canal – Ken MacLeod
70 Schizmatrix – Bruce Sterling

71 The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin
72 The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh
73 The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
74 The Fall – Albert Camus
75 Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
76 Straight Man – Richard Russo
77 A Small Death in Lisbon – Robert Wilson
78 Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
79 Kindred – Octavia Butler
80 The Street – Ann Petry

81 The Feast of Love – Charles Baxter
82 Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
83 Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
84 The Old Man and the Sea – Earnest Hemingway
85 The Star Fraction – Ken MacLeod
86 He, She, and It – Marge Piercy
87 The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
88 The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
89 The Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler

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