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Time’s 100 Greatest Novels

July 9, 2010

Here’s their full list, which is in alphabetical order instead of a hierarchy. I imagine novels must be much harder to rank than movies! I’ve noted what I’ve already read (I was surprised at how few) and the books I plan to read to complete #13 on my list. I’m open to suggestions! I still have a few weeks before I finish what I’m currently re-reading (The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favorite authors).

{Already Read} {Intend to Read for the 101}

  1. The Adventures of Augie March (1953), by Saul Bellow
  2. All the King’s Men (1946), by Robert Penn Warren
  3. American Pastoral (1997), by Philip Roth
  4. An American Tragedy (1925), by Theodore Dreiser
  5. Animal Farm (1946), by George Orwell
  6. Appointment in Samarra (1934), by John O’Hara
  7. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume
  8. The Assistant (1957), by Bernard Malamud
  9. At Swim-Two-Birds (1938), by Flann O’Brien
  10. Atonement (2002), by Ian McEwan
  11. Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison
  12. The Berlin Stories (1946), by Christopher Isherwood
  13. The Big Sleep (1939), by Raymond Chandler
  14. The Blind Assassin (2000), by Margaret Atwood
  15. Blood Meridian (1986), by Cormac McCarthy
  16. Brideshead Revisited (1946), by Evelyn Waugh
  17. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), by Thornton Wilder
  18. Call It Sleep (1935), by Henry Roth
  19. Catch-22 (1961), by Joseph Heller
  20. The Catcher in the Rye (1951), by J.D. Salinger
  21. A Clockwork Orange (1963), by Anthony Burgess
  22. The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), by William Styron
  23. The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen
  24. The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), by Thomas Pynchon
  25. A Dance to the Music of Time (1951), by Anthony Powell
  26. The Day of the Locust (1939), by Nathanael West
  27. Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather
  28. A Death in the Family (1958), by James Agee
  29. The Death of the Heart (1958), by Elizabeth Bowen
  30. Deliverance (1970), by James Dickey
  31. Dog Soldiers (1974), by Robert Stone
  32. Falconer (1977), by John Cheever
  33. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), by John Fowles
  34. The Golden Notebook (1962), by Doris Lessing
  35. Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), by James Baldwin
  36. Gone With the Wind (1936), by Margaret Mitchell
  37. The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck
  38. Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon
  39. The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  40. A Handful of Dust (1934), by Evelyn Waugh
  41. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1940), by Carson McCullers
  42. The Heart of the Matter (1948), by Graham Greene
  43. Herzog (1964), by Saul Bellow
  44. Housekeeping (1981), by Marilynne Robinson
  45. A House for Mr. Biswas (1962), by V.S. Naipaul
  46. I, Claudius (1934), by Robert Graves
  47. Infinite Jest (1996), by David Foster Wallace
  48. Invisible Man (1952), by Ralph Ellison
  49. Light in August (1932), by William Faulkner
  50. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), by C.S. Lewis
  51. Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov
  52. Lord of the Flies (1955), by William Golding
  53. The Lord of the Rings (1954), by J.R.R. Tolkien
  54. Loving (1945), by Henry Green
  55. Lucky Jim (1954), by Kingsley Amis
  56. The Man Who Loved Children (1940), by Christina Stead
  57. Midnight’s Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie
  58. Money (1984), by Martin Amis
  59. The Moviegoer (1961), by Walker Percy
  60. Mrs. Dalloway (1925), by Virginia Woolf
  61. Naked Lunch (1959), by William Burroughs
  62. Native Son (1940), by Richard Wright
  63. Neuromancer (1984), by William Gibson
  64. Never Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo Ishiguro
  65. 1984 (1948), by George Orwell
  66. On the Road (1957), by Jack Kerouac
  67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey
  68. The Painted Bird (1965), by Jerzy Kosinski
  69. Pale Fire (1962), by Vladimir Nabokov
  70. A Passage to India (1924), by E.M. Forster
  71. Play It As It Lays (1970), by Joan Didion
  72. Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), by Philip Roth
  73. Possession (1990), by A.S. Byatt
  74. The Power and the Glory (1939), by Graham Greene
  75. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), by Muriel Spark
  76. Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike
  77. Ragtime (1975), by E.L. Doctorow
  78. The Recognitions (1955), by William Gaddis
  79. Red Harvest (1929), by Dashiell Hammett
  80. Revolutionary Road (1961), by Richard Yates
  81. The Sheltering Sky (1949), by Paul Bowles
  82. Slaughterhouse Five (1969), by Kurt Vonnegut
  83. Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson
  84. The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth
  85. The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner
  86. The Sportswriter (1986), by Richard Ford
  87. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1964), by John le Carre
  88. The Sun Also Rises (1926), by Ernest Hemingway
  89. Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), by Zora Neale Hurston
  90. Things Fall Apart (1959), by Chinua Achebe
  91. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee
  92. To the Lighthouse (1927), by Virginia Woolf
  93. Tropic of Cancer (1934), by Henry Miller
  94. Ubik (1969), by Philip K. Dick
  95. Under the Net (1954), by Iris Murdoch
  96. Under the Volcano (1947), by Malcolm Lowry
  97. Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  98. White Noise (1985), by Don DeLillo
  99. White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith
  100. Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), by Jean Rhys
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:43 pm

    I am very disappointed to not see Jane Austen on this list! I have thoroughly enjoyed every book of hers that I have read. I was also really surprised that I have only read maybe five of the books…. I always considered myself a well-read person. But I did read Revolutionary Road, and I enjoyed it, even though it was mildly depressing, it had a good plot and well developed characters. If you have time you should give it a try.

    • July 10, 2010 10:37 am

      Ok, so I realized right after I posted this that the reason Austen and Cooper and the Brontes are no included is because Time limited their list to novels written after 1923. Doh! But then I was away from my computer the rest of the day.

      I might try to find a more all-inclusive list that has more of the classics on it for next time. The classics are my favorite, and the time limit Time has on this list is why I’ve read so few of the books they included.

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