another 100 best novels in the world ever

…with a very heavy American bias, this list will lead you to books you might never have come across, but which have been variously acclaimed as great works of literature… and, one very interesting little point to note, no one in the world has ever read number 77, not even the author who was half blind when writing it and half mad to write it in the first place…

1.       ULYSSES by James Joyce

2.       THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3.       A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

4.       LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

5.       BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

6.       THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

7.       CATCH-22

8.       DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler

9.       SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence

10.   THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

11.   UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

12.   THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler

13.   1984 by George Orwell

14.   I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

15.   TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

16.   AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser

17.   THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

18.   SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

19.   INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

20.   NATIVE SON by Richard Wright

21.   HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow

22.   APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara

23.   U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos

24.   WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson

25.   A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster

26.   THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James

27.   THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James

28.   TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

29.   THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell

30.   THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford

31.   ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

32.   THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James

33.   SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser

34.   A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh

35.   AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

36.   ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren

37.   THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder

38.   HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster

39.   GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

40.   THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

41.   LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

42.   DELIVERANCE by James Dickey

43.   A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell

44.   POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley

45.   THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

46.   THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad

47.   NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

48.   THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence

49.   WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence

50.   TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

51.   THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer

52.   PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth

53.   PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov

54.   LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

55.   ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

56.   THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

57.   PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford

58.   THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton

59.   ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm

60.   THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

61.   DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather

62.   FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones

63.   THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever

64.   THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

65.   A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

66.   OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

67.   HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

68.   MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis

69.   THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton

70.   THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell

71.   A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes

72.   A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul

73.   THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West

74.   A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

75.   SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh

76.   THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

77.   FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce

78.   KIM by Rudyard Kipling

79.   A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster

80.   BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

81.   THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow

82.   ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner

83.   A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul

84.   THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen

85.   LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad

86.   RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow

87.   THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett

88.   THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

89.   LOVING by Henry Green

90.   MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

91.   TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell

92.   IRONWEED by William Kennedy

93.   THE MAGUS by John Fowles

94.   WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys

95.   UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch

96.   SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron

97.   THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

98.   THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain

99.   THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy

100.              THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington

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10 thoughts on “another 100 best novels in the world ever

  1. Yet another list omitting Gravity’s Rainbow. Perhaps a conspiracy involving the Board of the National Book Award and the Committee to Co-opt Post Modernism…

  2. I’ve been an avid reader aa my life. I get a kick out of these lists, and of course, I never agree with most of the selections. I don’t believe an honest reader would ever put “Ulysses” even on a list, nor dare claim it’s number one. Very few people have ever read all of it, and most likely, of these few, even fewer could make any sense of it. People will never agree with any list of “great Books” but it’s fun to see what others think. On this list a good many of them are so dull and boring, they aren’t worth reading. I think the author of this list was just trying to impress others.

    • ulysses is far from unreadable – its tough going in places – but it is beautiful and i would always recommend it to a friend to read – to enjoy even

  3. I congratulate you for reading “Ulysees.” I didn’t say “no one reads it'” I said very few have. I am even happier to read that you enjoyed it. I really enjoy reading the classics, and I am very dissapointed that I can’t find many others to discuss them with. I read a great deal of history and have always found historical fiction to complement the history. I think I started with fiction, then read history to expand my understanding of the cultural times in which the historical events took place. I started with historical biographies while in the first grade. For me, some 60 years later, it’s a “chicken or the egg” situation, and doesn’t matter which came first. I’d love to hear your opinions of other classics you’ve read. Happy reading!

  4. Hi m a litrature adict n i realy lykd d listing.bt wud hv bin hapier f GEORGE BERNARD SHAW’S PYGMALION,RK NARAYANS A tiger for malgudi,TAGORE’S MASTERPIECES(ENG TRANSLATIONS),SHAKESPEAR,RUSKIN BOND’S NOVELS TOO WUD HV BIN ADDED!NWAZ THANKS A LOT!!

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