Thursday, August 23, 2012

Read The Observer's Top 100 Novels of All Time

As a bit of a literary fanatic, let's see how far I have come to reading the Top 100 Novels of All Time. I have decided I liked this list better because it included novels not of the 21st and 20th century. Let's get started, shall we?

Read The Observer's Top 100 Novels of All Time

  1. Don Quizote Miguel De Cervantes
  2. Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan
  3. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe   
    1. It was an adolescent version, but it definitely counts!
  4. Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift 
  5. Tom Jones Henry Fielding 
  6. Clarissa Samuel Richardson
  7. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne 
  8. Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Laclos 
  9. Emma Jane Austen
    1. Saw the play, loved the play.
  10. Frankenstein Mary Shelley 
  11. Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock
  12. The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac
  13. The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal 
  14. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas  
  15. Sybil Benjamin Disraeli 
  16. David Copperfield Charles Dickens 
  17. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 
  18. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte 
    1. Technically I never got through the last 100 pages, need to work on that.
  19. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 
    1.  I would have enjoyed it more if I had not read it in school
  21. Moby-Dick Herman Melville 
  22. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 
  23. The Woman in White Wilkie Collins 
  24. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll 
    1. Great book but a disturbing childhood favorite.
  25. Little Women Louisa M. Alcott 
    1.  Beautiful on so many levels, I loved this novel!
  26. The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope 
  27. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy  
  28. Daniel Deronda George Eliot  
  29. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky 
  30. The Portrait of a Lady Henry James 
  31. Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain  
  32. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 
  33. Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome  
  34. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 
  35. The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith 
  36. Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy 
  37. The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers 
  38. The Call of the Wild Jack London 
  39. Nostromo Joseph Conrad 
  40. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame  
  41. In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust 
  42. The Rainbow D. H. Lawrence 
  43. The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford 
  44. The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan 
  45. Ulysses James Joyce 
  46. Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf 
  47. A Passage to India E. M. Forster 
  48. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  49. The Trial Franz Kafka 
  50. Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway  
  51. Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Celine  
  52. As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 
  53. Brave New World Aldous Huxley 
  54. Scoop Evelyn Waugh 
  55. USA John Dos Passos 
  56. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler 
  57. The Pursuit Of Love Nancy Mitford   
  58. The Plague Albert Camus 
  59.  Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 
  60. Malone Dies Samuel Beckett 
  61. Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger  
  62. Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor  
  63. Charlotte's Web E. B. White  
  64. The Lord Of The Rings J. R. R. Tolkien 
  65. Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis 
  66. Lord of the Flies William Golding 
    1. Terribly sexist book, I have read it (unfortunately).
  67. The Quiet American Graham Greene 
  68. On the Road Jack Kerouac 
  69. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov  
  70. The Tin Drum Gunter Grass 
  71. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 
  72. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark 
  73. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee 
  74. Catch-22 Joseph Heller 
  75. Herzog Saul Bellow 
  76. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  77. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor 
  78. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre 
  79. Song of Solomon Toni Morrison  
  80. Bottle Factory Outing Beryl Bainbridge 
  81. The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer  
  82. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller Italo Calvino 
  83. A Bend in the River V. S. Naipaul 
  84. Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee 
  85. Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson 
  86. Lanark Alasdair Gray 
  87. The New York Trilogy Paul Auster  
  88. The BFG Roald Dahl 
  89. The Periodic Table Primo Levi 
  90. Money Martin Amis 
  91. An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro  
  92. Oscar And Lucinda Peter Carey 
  93. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera 
  94. Haroun and the Sea af Stories Salman Rushdie
  95.  La Confidential James Ellroy 
  96. Wise Children Angela Carter 
  97. Atonement Ian McEwan  
  98. Northern Lights Philip Pullman 
  99. American Pastoral Philip Roth 
  100. Austerlitz W. G. Sebald 
I thought I was a lot more versed in literature, but this is only one list of "top novels"!

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