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(via drbear) Time Magazine's Top 100 Novels Since they Started Publishing in 1923

The ones I've read are bolded.

The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow

All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren

American Pastoral
Philip Roth

An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser

Animal Farm
George Orwell

Appointment in Samarra
John O'Hara

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Judy Blume

The Assistant
Bernard Malamud

At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O'Brien

Ian McEwan

Toni Morrison

The Berlin Stories
Christopher Isherwood

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler

The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder

Call It Sleep
Henry Roth

Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

The Confessions of Nat Turner
William Styron

The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen

The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon

A Dance to the Music of Time
Anthony Powell

The Day of the Locust
Nathanael West

Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather

A Death in the Family
James Agee

The Death of the Heart
Elizabeth Bowen

James Dickey

Dog Soldiers
Robert Stone

John Cheever

The French Lieutenant's Woman
John Fowles

The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing

Go Tell it on the Mountain
James Baldwin

Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers

The Heart of the Matter
Graham Greene

Saul Bellow

Marilynne Robinson

A House for Mr. Biswas
V.S. Naipaul

I, Claudius
Robert Graves

Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison

Light in August
William Faulkner

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis

Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies
William Golding

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

Henry Green

Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis

The Man Who Loved Children
Christina Stead

Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie

Martin Amis

The Moviegoer
Walker Percy

Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf

Naked Lunch
William Burroughs

Native Son
Richard Wright

William Gibson

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

George Orwell

On the Road
Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey

The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski

Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov

A Passage to India
E.M. Forster

Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion

Portnoy's Complaint
Philip Roth

A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark

Rabbit, Run
John Updike

E.L. Doctorow

The Recognitions
William Gaddis

Red Harvest
Dashiell Hammett

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowles

Kurt Vonnegut

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed Factor
John Barth

The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner

The Sportswriter
Richard Ford

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carre

The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf

Tropic of Cancer
Henry Miller

Philip K. Dick

Under the Net
Iris Murdoch

Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry

Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

White Noise
Don DeLillo

White Teeth
Zadie Smith

Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys

A very interesting list, I wasn't familiar with several of the titles here.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
I have read 20. Guess I have some reading to do!
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
I've read 30 of them.

Never Let Me Go stinks :)
Oct. 18th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
There's almost half a dozen that I started but never finished, Never Let Me Go being one of them.
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
I've only read 8, and most of the ones I haven't don't interest me. Most of the ones I've read you haven't. That's rather amusing. ;-)

Best one on the list that I've read that you haven't is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Oct. 18th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
I've only read four of them!
Oct. 18th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
I've only read nine. I'm not very well-read.

Sad "A Prayer for Owen Meany" isn't on here. And "Cat's Cradle" is better than "Slaughterhouse Five," which is still seminal.

But I'm happy as hell that "Snow Crash" is on. So at least one of my favorite novels is.

I need to read "Neuromancer" sometime.

What's your favorite on the list?
Oct. 18th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
My favorite would have to be The Corrections, a brilliant satire of suburban family life.
Oct. 18th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
I've read eight of these, and have no interest in reading at least half of them. Much of the literature of the last 80 years leaves me cold.
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
I hjave read 34, but I've started a bunch of others and didn't finish them. O'Hara's Appointment is shockingly good. I highly recommend it.
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