100 Novels

The end is near. I’ve descended to making lists.

Here is my list of 100 novels that every literate person should have read. I will shortly (deo volente) explain some selections. Or I’ll delete the whole misguided effort.

1. Achebe, Things Fall Apart 

2. Amado, Gabriel, Clove and Cinnamon

3. Asturias, The President

4. Austen, Mansfield Park

5. Balzac, Le pere Goriot

6. Bely, Petersburg

7. Boll, The Clown

8. Broch, Sleepwalkers

9. Bronte, Jane Eyre

10. Butler, The Way of All Flesh

11. Camus, The Stranger

12. Canetti, Auto-De-Fe

13. Celine, Journey to the End of Night

14, Chekhov, The Steppe

15. Conrad, Nosostromo

16. Conrad, Victory

17. Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Steets

18. Defoe, Moll Flanders

19. Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year

20. Dickens, Bleak House

21. Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

22. Doblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz

23. Dos Passos, U.S.A.

24. Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov

25. Dostoevsky, The Idiot

26. Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

27. Dreiser, An American Tragedy

28. Eca, The Maias

29. Eliot, Middlemarch

30. Eliot, Mill on the Floss

31. Ellison, Invisible Man

32. Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

33. Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

34, Faulkner, Light in August

35. Fielding, The History of Tom Jones

36. Flaubert, Madam Bovary

37. Ford, Good Soldier

38. Frisch, I’m Not Stiller

39. Galdos, Dona Perfecta

40. Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

41. Gogol, Dead Souls

42. Golding, Lord of the Flies

43. Goncharov, Oblomov

44. Grass, The Tin Drum

45. Graves, I, Claudius

46. Greene, The Power and the Glory

47. Grossman, Life and Fate

48. Hardy, Jude the Obscure

49. Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter

50 Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

51. Hemingway, Old Man and the Sea

52. Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham

53. James, Portrait of a Lady

54. James, The Wings of the Dove

55. Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

56. Joyce, Ulysses

57. Kafka, The Trial

58. Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

59. di Lampedusa, The Leopard

60. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers

61. Lowry, Under the Volcano

62. Mann, Buddenbrooks

63. Mann, Joseph and his Brothers

64. Mann, The Magic Mountain

65. Mann, Doctor Faustus

66. Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

67. Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

68. Melville, Moby Dick

69. Melville, The Confidence Man

70. Musil, The Man without Qualities

71. Nabokov, Pale Fire

72. “Der Nister,” The Family Mashber

73. Orwell, Burma Days

74. Orwell, Animal Farm

75. Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

76. Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

77. Prus, The Doll

78. Pynchon, V

79. Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

80. Remarque, All Quiet of the Western Front

81. Rushdie, Midnight’s Children

82. Sartre, Nausea

83. Shelley, Frankenstein

84. Solzhenitzyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch

85. Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

86. Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath

87. Stendhal, Red and the Black

88. Sterne, Tristram Shandy

89. Thackery, Vanity Fair

90. Trollope, The Way We Live Now

91. Tolstoy, Anna Karenin

92. Tolstoy, War and Peace

93. Tolstoy, Resurrection

94. Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

95. Turgenev, Virgin Soil

96. Twain, The Mysterious Stranger

97. Twain, Huckleberry Finn

98. Vargas Llosas, War at the End of the World

99. Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

100. Zola, Germinal

  1. June 23rd, 2012

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