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100 top novels — 9

With certain exceptions, when choosing a new novel to read I am always hoping it will make the top 100—why waste my time with anything else? So, when I write my little review of a new book that does make the top 100 (such as the new edition to the list: Middlesex – #64), I’m always already reading the next book that might also make the top 100. Therefore, in the interest of being concise, I often wait to see if I can post a new top 100 list with two (or more!) new books. I hope at the beginning of each book that it might make it and then, somewhere along the way, it doesn’t live up to its potential for me. I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about. This process has, sadly, occurred once again. And here, without further delay, is my new top 100 novels list:

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 The Uncomfortable Dead: (what’s missing is missing) – Paco Ignacio Taibo II & Subcommandante Marcos
47 Mao II – Don DeLillo
48 Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
49 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
50 The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

61 Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
62 Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
63 Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
64 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
65 The Dog of the South – Charles Portis
66 All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
67 Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
68 The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
69 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
70 Gorky Park – Martin Cruz Smith

71 White Teeth – Zadie Smith
72 The Stone Canal – Ken MacLeod
73 Schizmatrix – Bruce Sterling
74 The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin
75 The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh
76 The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
77 The Fall – Albert Camus
78 Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
79 Straight Man – Richard Russo
80 A Small Death in Lisbon – Robert Wilson

81 Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
82 Kindred – Octavia Butler
83 The Road – Cormac McCarthy
84 The Street – Ann Petry
85 The Feast of Love – Charles Baxter
86 Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
87 Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
88 The Old Man and the Sea – Earnest Hemingway
89 The Star Fraction – Ken MacLeod
90 He, She, and It – Marge Piercy

91 The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
92 The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
93 The Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler

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