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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Official List of the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time, henceforth to be known as My List.

The 100 Greatest Novels - The official Quest.

1. ★★★½  The Great Gatsby     by F. Scott Fitzgerald  (1925)
2. ★★★½  Nineteen Eighty-Four     by George Orwell (1948)
3. ★★★½  The Catcher in the Rye     by J. D. Salinger (1951)
4.   On the Road     by Jack Kerouac (1957)
5. ★★½  Ulysses     by James Joyce (1922)
6. ★★★½  Catch-22     by Joseph Heller (1961)
7. ★★★½  Animal Farm     by George Orwell (1946)
8. ★★★★★  The Grapes of Wrath     by John Steinbeck (1939)
9. ★★★  The Sound and the Fury     by William Faulkner (1929)
10. DNF  Lolita     by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
10. ★★★★★  Lord of the Flies     by William Golding (1955)
11. ★★★★  Invisible Man     by Ralph Ellison (1952)
12. ★★½  The Sun Also Rises     by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
13. ★★½  To the Lighthouse     by Virginia Woolf (1927)
14. ★★★  As I Lay Dying     by William Faulkner (1930)
15. ★★★½  Brave New World     by Aldous Huxley (1932)
16. ★★★★★  The Lord of the Rings +The Hobbit     by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)
17. ★★★½  Slaughterhouse-Five     by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
18. ★★★★★  To Kill a Mockingbird     by Harper Lee (1960)
19. ★★★  A Clockwork Orange     by Anthony Burgess (1963)
20. ★★★  Heart of Darkness     by Joseph Conrad (1899)
21. ★★★½  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     by Ken Kessey (1962)
22. ★★★★  Brideshead Revisited     by Evelyn Waugh (1946)
23. ★★★★  Atonement     by Ian McEwan (2002)
24. ★★★★  Blood Meridian     by Cormac McCarthy (1986)
25. ★★★  Don Quixote     by Miguel de Cervantes (1620)
26. ★★★★  The Brothers Karamazov     by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880)
27. ★★★★  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn     by Mark Twain (1884)
28. ★★★★½  Anna Karenina     by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
29. ★★★★★  Gone With the Wind     by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
30. ★★★  Moby Dick     by Herman Melville (1851)
31. ★★★★½  Jane Eyre     by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
32. ★★★  Under the Volcano     by Malcolm Lowry (1947)
33. ★★★  Wuthering Heights     by Emily Brontë (1847)
34. ★★★★  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter     by Carson McCullers (1940)
35. ★★★½  Madame Bovary     by Gustave Flaubert (1856)
36. ★★★½  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man     by James Joyce (1916)
37. ★★★½  A Passage to India     by E. M. Forster (1924)
38. ★★★  One Hundred Years of Solitude
                       by Gabriel Garcia Márquez (1970)
39. ★★★½  Absalom, Absalom!     by William Faulkner (1936)
40. ★★★★  The French Lieutenant's Woman     by John Fowles (1969)
41. ★★★½  Frankenstein     by Mary Shelley (1818)
42. ★★★½  I, Claudius     by Robert Graves (1934)
43. ★★★★  Pale Fire     by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)
44. ★★★★  Nostromo     by Joseph Conrad (1904)
45. ★★★★  Emma     by Jane Austen (1816)
46. ★★★½  The Trial     by Franz Kafka (1925)
47. DNF  Gravity's Rainbow     by Thomas Pynchon (1973)
47. ★★★½  The Moviegoer     by Walker Percy (1961)
48. ★★★★½  Dune     by Frank Herbert (1965)
49. ★★★★  The Adventures of Augie March     by Saul Bellow (1953)
50. ★★★★★  David Copperfield     by Charles Dickens (1850)
51. DNF  Tropic of Cancer     by Henry Miller (1934)
51. ★★★  The Big Sleep     by Raymond Chandler (1939)
52. ★★★½  Of Human Bondage      by W. Somerset Maugham (1915)
53. ★★★★  Death Comes for the Archbishop     by Willa Cather (1927)
54. ★★★★  Beloved     by Toni Morrison (1987)
55. ★★★  The Day of the Locust     by Nathanael West (1939)
56. ★★★½  Lucky Jim     by Kingsley Amis (1954)
57. ★★★★  The Call of the Wild     by Jack London (1903)
58. ★★★★  The Scarlet Letter     by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
59. ★★★  Mrs. Dalloway     by Virginia Woolf (1925)
60. ★★★½  Light in August     by William Faulkner (1932)
61. ★★★½  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie     by Muriel Spark (1961)
62. ★★★½  A Farewell to Arms     by Ernest Hemingway (1929)
63. ★★★★  American Pastoral     by Philip Roth (1997)
64. ★★★  A Bend in the River     by V. S. Naipaul (1979)
65. ★★  Money     by Martin Amis (1984)
66. ★★★★  The Sheltering Sky     by Paul Bowles (1949)
67. ★★★★  Tom Jones     by Henry Fielding (1749)
68. ★★★★½  Pride and Prejudice     by Jane Austen (1813)
69. ★★★★  War and Peace     by Leo Tolstoy (1869)
70. ★★★★★  The Count of Monte Cristo     by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
71. ★★  The Ambassadors     by Henry James (1903)
72. ★★★★  An American Tragedy     by Theodore Dreiser (1925)
73. ★★★★½  Atlas Shrugged     by Ayn Rand (1957)
74. ★★★★  Great Expectations     by Charles Dickens (1861)
75. ★★★½  The Fountainhead     by Ayn Rand (1943)
76. ★★½  The Wings of the Dove     by Henry James (1902)
77. ★★★★½  Les Misérables     by Victor Hugo (1862)
78. ★★★★  Crime and Punishment     by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)
79★★★½  The Heart of the Matter     by Graham Greene (1948)
80★★★½  Appointment in Samarra     by John O’Hara (1934)
81. ★★★★½  Vanity Fair by William Thackeray (1848)
82. ★★  The Golden Bowl     by Henry James (1904)
83★★★½  The Portrait of a Lady     by Henry James (1881)
84★★★  Tristram Shandy     by Laurence Sterne (1759)
85★★★½  A Handful of Dust     by Evelyn Waugh (1934)
86. ★★★★  All the King's Men     by Robert Penn Warren (1946)
87. ★★★★  The Picture of Dorian Gray     by Oscar Wilde (1890)
88★★  The Good Soldier     by Ford Madox Ford (1915)
89. ★★★★  The Bridge of San Luis Rey     by Thornton Wilder (1927)
90. ★★★★★  The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (1956)
91. ½  Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust (1931)
92★★★½  The Charterhouse of Parma     by Stendhal (1839)
93. ★★★★  Go Tell it on the Mountain     by James Baldwin (1953)
94★★★½  U.S.A.   by John Dos Passos (1936)
95. ★★★★  Native Son     by Richard Wright (1940)
96. ★★★★½  Deliverance     by James Dickey (1970)
97. ★★★★½  The Stand     by Stephen King (1978)
98. ★★★★½  Little Women     by Louisa May Alcott (1869)
99★★★½  A Dance to the Music of Time   by Anthony Powell (1951)
100. ★★★★  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (1980)



  1. I just read The Bridge of San Luis Rey and it was really interesting. Welcome to the club!

    1. It'll be a while before I get to it, but I look forward to it. Thanks Arie!

  2. I think this list looks great! It'll take you a while to get through it, but I hope you enjoy it!

  3. So glad you included Atlas Shrugged. Best novel I've ever read!

    1. shouldn't say things like that on the record. Apparently, reading Ayn Rand can ruin your political career.

    2. I have no qualms about it, Atlas Shrugged is one of the best books I've read as well. :-) I think you'll enjoy it as well.

    3. Or it could MAKE your political career ;)

  4. I was going to recommend the Classics Club to you as a way of inspiring or supporting you through your list of classics...but I see that Arie and you already know each other :-)

  5. In which I'm excited to see Little Women on your list. And yes, I can be a bit bossy, lol. Thanks for the words and the book recommendation! :-) I humbly recommend The Killer Angels to you.

  6. That's a long list! And from what I can tell you're following it in the order you've listed the titles, right? WoW.

    I glanced through the titles you've completed, and I found myself wanting to ask you what you thought of some of them...then I realised those were links to reviews. So, I shall be going through them slowly...and commenting. :D

    1. My quest is truly only the top 100, but I'll probably keep going whenever I complete that. Yes, I'm reading them in order. Thanks for the feedback.

  7. I am impressed! So ambitious. I will also be reading your reviews over time. Best of luck!!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Lynn. I look forward to comparing notes where we overlap, and getting a good recommendation on others.

  8. Wow! Way to go on the list! I'm impressed by its size :) Lots of great titles on here. Love to see some overlap between our lists. Looking forward to comparing how we like our classics in the future!

  9. What a wonderful list. Some I've read, some I want to read, most I haven't read. There's so many great books, right, :)

    I have read Catch 22 recently. I see you are a military man, and maybe because I'm not a military person, I enjoyed Catch 22. To me, it was a satire of life with the military background, but I can see how it can rub military people wrong. I'm always easier to be at least disappointed with a novel that makes satire of something very well known and dear to me.

  10. Keith C.
    I think that the second hundred of your long list is much better than the first one. I am baffled by the lack of Neal Stephenson's works however, and also Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes' creator.

  11. It's so nice to have a list of books to consider which ones I would choose, and which ones I have already read. I am fortunate to have read many in your list, and many, many more. I notice that your list does not contain much Science-fiction. Some of the finest modern writers are found in this field e.g. Neal Stephenson and L.E. Modesitt are two splendid examples. When you are ready to expand your reading range a little you might try them. I like the quote about a person who does not read only lives one life but a person who does lives a thousand. Enjoy your thousand lives. Regards, Keith.

    1. It isn't truly MY is a composite of six different Greatest Novels list. I agree that Sci-Fi, is a bit well as a few other genres.

  12. I am so intrigued by your list and your reading project! I am considering a similar list and project for my humble book-blogging efforts:
    I am curious, though, about your 3 deletions; what is the story behind the deletions (but I think I might guess).
    In any case, now that I have stumbled upon your blog, which very much interests me, I look forward to revisiting often. Who knows! I might shadow your reading plan by falling into step behind you. All the best from a die-hard bibliophile on the Gulf coast . . . Tim

  13. Very ambitious. I'm coming back with a bit more time to see the list, and find ideas!

  14. I'm back... ha ha ha.
    Titles that pop up because I've loved them:
    Lord of the Flies, Catch 22, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Wuthering Heights, TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD, FOR SURE, Don Quijote, Middlemarch, THE MAKIOKA SISTERS!!!, Pilgrim's Progress, The Magic Mountain... and many you want to read and I do too.
    I'll be following your reviews. It's neat to find fellow readers.

    1. Thanks Silvia...yes, it's nice to compare notes with fellow readers. What intrigues me...there a few fellow readers (mostly connected through the Classics Club), that I have very similar views on most books...but then once in a while one pops up, that we feel entirely differently about. I like that though.

  15. Oh, you've got The Portrait of a Lady coming up! Interested in your thoughts. Also, LOOK THERE IS NARNIA. You will make it. :)

    1. Yep...and Little Women for good measure. That should make you happy.


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