100 Best Novels

While researching good book challenges for 2017 I stumbled upon the Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels list. The list isn't new, in fact it's from 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course compiled and released its own list of the 20th century’s top 100 novels, at the request of the Modern Library editorial board. They had started a discussion on the topic when they had released their own list which was discussed and rivalled by a readers' list soon after. Actually, I like the Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels list, I have already read a few, some are on my to-read-list and others are probably a good challenge or a good way to broaden my literary horizon. I will ignore the fact that there are mostly North American and British authors on the list, also that there are insufficient female authors.

I marked read and reviewed books green and added the month and year. There are more I have read but I want to re-read most of those because I don't remember much.

So here's to another on-going-challenge not limited to 2017, of course, but I hope to read a few in the coming months!

24.6.2018    27/100

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - July 2005
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- May 2016
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - June 2016
Ulysses by James Joyce
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - July 2016
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White - June 2018
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - March 2017
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - July 2009
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - December 2016
The Call of the Wild by Jack London - July 2015
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The World According to Garp by John Irving
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - October 2014
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Howards End by E.M. Forster
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote - August 2016
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Light in August by William Faulkner
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - February 2017
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - October 2015
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
The Bostonians by Henry James
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - December 2010
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie


In 2004/2005 the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" published a collection of 50 novels and novellas from the 20th century to a very reasonable price. I bought several of them then but haven't read them all yet. This edition/list includes more German speaking authors - so it's a good complement to the Radcliffe list.

12.2.2017   20/50

    Milan Kundera: Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins
    Umberto Eco: Der Name der Rose
    Günter Grass: Katz und Maus
    Francis Scott Fitzgerald: Der große Gatsby - July 2005
    Thomas Bernhard: Der Untergeher
    Paul Auster: Stadt aus Glas - Februar 2005
    Elias Canetti: Die Stimmen von Marrakesch
    Edward M. Forster: Wiedersehen in Howards End
    Martin Walser: Ehen in Philippsburg
    John Irving: Das Hotel New Hampshire
    Juan Carlos Onetti: Das kurze Leben
    Arthur Schnitzler: Traumnovelle
    Peter Handke: Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter
    James Joyce: Ein Porträt des Künstlers als junger Mann [Dubliner]
    Marguerite Yourcenar: Der Fangschuss
    Patricia Highsmith: Der talentierte Mr Ripley - Februar 2005
    Jorge Semprún: Was für ein schöner Sonntag!
    Uwe Johnson: Mutmaßungen über Jakob
    Harry Mulisch: Das Attentat
    Joseph Conrad: Herz der Finsternis - July 2009
    Julio Cortázar: Der Verfolger
    Claude Simon: Die Akazie
    Michael Ondaatje: Der englische Patient
    Georges Simenon: Der Mann, der den Zügen nachsah
    William Faulkner: Die Freistatt
    Rainer Maria Rilke: Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
    Wolfgang Koeppen: Das Treibhaus
    Siegfried Lenz: Deutschstunde
    Graham Greene: Der dritte Mann - August 2013
    Eduard von Keyserling: Wellen
    Max Frisch: Mein Name sei Gantenbein - July 2005
    Cees Nooteboom: Allerseelen
    William Somerset Maugham: Der Magier
    Carson McCullers: Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger
    Franz Kafka: Amerika
    Bruce Chatwin: Traumpfade
    Botho Strauß: Paare, Passanten
    Marcel Proust: Eine Liebe Swanns
    John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat - April 2013
    Andrzej Szczypiorski: Die schöne Frau Seidenman
    Julien Green: Leviathan
    Oscar Wilde: Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray - Februar 2016
    Jurek Becker: Bronsteins Kinder
    Hermann Hesse: Unterm Rad
    Peter Høeg: Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee
    Primo Levi: Das periodische System
    Marguerite Duras: Der Liebhaber
    Italo Calvino: Wenn ein Reisender in einer Winternacht - August 2014

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