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100 top novels — 11

New additions: Lord Jim (#19), by Joseph Conrad; Huckleberry Finn (#49) by Mark Twain

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 Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
20 The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

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

31 Blindness – Jose Saramago
32 A House for Mr. Biswas – V. S. Naipaul
33 Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
34 The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)- Herman Hesse
35 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
36 Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
37 The Intuitionist – Colson Whitehead
38 The Bone People – Keri Hulme
39 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
40 The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass

41 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
42 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzhenitzen
43 Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
44 Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
45 1984 – George Orwell
46 The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem
47 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
48 The Uncomfortable Dead: (what’s missing is missing) – Paco Ignacio Taibo II & Subcommandante Marcos
49 Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
50 Mao II – Don DeLillo

51 Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
52 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
53 The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
54 Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
55 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
56 As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
57 The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
58 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
59 Neuromancer – William Gibson
60 For Whom the Bell Tolls – Earnest Hemingway

61 Generation X – Douglass Copeland
62 Brave New World – Aldus Huxley
63 The Chosen – Chaim Potok
64 Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
65 Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
66 Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
67 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
68 The Dog of the South – Charles Portis
69 All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
70 Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

71 The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
72 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
73 Gorky Park – Martin Cruz Smith
74 White Teeth – Zadie Smith
75 The Stone Canal – Ken MacLeod
76 Schizmatrix – Bruce Sterling
77 The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin
78 The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh
79 The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
80 The Fall – Albert Camus

81 Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
82 Straight Man – Richard Russo
83 A Small Death in Lisbon – Robert Wilson
84 Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
85 Kindred – Octavia Butler
86 The Road – Cormac McCarthy
87 The Street – Ann Petry
88 The Feast of Love – Charles Baxter
89 Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
90 Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

91 The Old Man and the Sea – Earnest Hemingway
92 The Star Fraction – Ken MacLeod
93 He, She, and It – Marge Piercy
94 The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
95 The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
96 The Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler

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2 Comments

  1. G says:

    Not sure if you’ve considered these before. Tom Jones, Lord of the Flies, Infinite Jest, and um.. Ulysses.

    g

  2. halshop says:

    g — Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve thought of Tom Jones and Lord of the Flies and, while I enjoyed them, they don’t cut it. I’ve not read Infinite Jest, although you’ve recommended it before — I’ll probably get there one of these days. As for Ulysses: I’ve read various parts of it and plenty of commentary and, despite my understanding of its importance in the historical development of the novel, it doesn’t do much for me. Admittedly, I’ve never gotten all the way through, which is probably a serious gap in my knowledge. Perhaps one day I try again and it will resonate. Until then, I’m leaving it off the list.

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