100 best novels - modern library
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1 To Kill a Mockingbird
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,055,664 ratings
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2 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,321,828 ratings
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3 The Great Gatsby
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,774,090 ratings
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4 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,346,061 ratings
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5 The Catcher in the Rye
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,488,500 ratings
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6 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 742,382 ratings
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7 Lolita
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 369,645 ratings
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8 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 382,857 ratings
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9 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 771,612 ratings
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10 The Call of the Wild
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 168,188 ratings
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11 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 291,441 ratings
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12 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,222,260 ratings
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13 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 636,930 ratings
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14 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 356,850 ratings
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15 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 324,022 ratings
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16 I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 28,125 ratings
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17 Ulysses
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 60,277 ratings
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18 Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 392,825 ratings
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19 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 714,506 ratings
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20 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 623,788 ratings
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21 Brideshead Revisited
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 52,399 ratings
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22 Midnight's Children
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 59,557 ratings
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23 A Room with a View
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 90,258 ratings
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24 The Sun Also Rises
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 213,242 ratings
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25 To the Lighthouse
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 62,029 ratings
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26 A Farewell to Arms
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 144,568 ratings
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27 On the Road
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 204,467 ratings
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28 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 73,137 ratings
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29 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 372,023 ratings
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30 Angle of Repose
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 29,875 ratings
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31 As I Lay Dying
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 75,088 ratings
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32 Howards End
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 39,000 ratings
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33 Tender Is the Night
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 56,267 ratings
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34 The House of Mirth
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 49,319 ratings
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35 The Age of Innocence
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 75,817 ratings
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36 Beloved
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 174,976 ratings
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37 The Sound and the Fury
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 97,443 ratings
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38 My Antonia
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 74,249 ratings
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39 Light in August
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 32,371 ratings
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40 A Handful of Dust
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 12,812 ratings
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41 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 53,590 ratings
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42 Of Human Bondage
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 26,257 ratings
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43 A Passage to India
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 34,089 ratings
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43 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 358,869 ratings
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45 Absalom, Absalom!
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 23,990 ratings
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46 Heart of Darkness
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 165,283 ratings
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47 The Maltese Falcon
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 47,400 ratings
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48 Kim
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 17,112 ratings
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49 Wise Blood
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 13,482 ratings
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50 Pale Fire
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 22,039 ratings
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51 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 214,700 ratings
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52 Ragtime
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 19,448 ratings
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53 Under the Volcano
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 12,617 ratings
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54 The Postman Always Rings Twice
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 15,725 ratings
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55 Sophie's Choice
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 51,215 ratings
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56 Scoop
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 8,748 ratings
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57 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 15,261 ratings
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58 Native Son
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 49,812 ratings
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59 The World According to Garp
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 136,939 ratings
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60 Finnegans Wake
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,520 ratings
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61 The Adventures of Augie March
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 9,194 ratings
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62 Sons and Lovers
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 24,804 ratings
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63 Gravity's Rainbow
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 20,104 ratings
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64 The Satanic Verses
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 30,174 ratings
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65 Death Comes for the Archbishop
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 15,637 ratings
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65 Stranger in a Strange Land
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 167,957 ratings
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67 A Prayer for Owen Meany
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 184,266 ratings
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68 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 18,659 ratings
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69 The Hunt for Red October (J...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 216,766 ratings
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70 The Heart of the Matter
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 14,975 ratings
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71 Darkness at Noon
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 13,145 ratings
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72 Arrowsmith
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,742 ratings
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73 The Wings of the Dove
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 9,659 ratings
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74 Blood Meridian, or the Even...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 50,200 ratings
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75 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 57,696 ratings
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76 Deliverance
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 19,634 ratings
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77 The French Lieutenant's Woman
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 27,627 ratings
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78 The Rainbow (Brangwen Famil...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 10,752 ratings
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79 The Sheltering Sky
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 13,335 ratings
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80 Henderson the Rain King
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 8,103 ratings
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81 Nostromo
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 8,051 ratings
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81 Women in Love (Brangwen Fam...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 18,250 ratings
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83 Tropic of Cancer
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 34,946 ratings
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84 Lord Jim
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 15,957 ratings
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85 Go Tell It on the Mountain
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 19,311 ratings
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85 The Death of the Heart
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 3,339 ratings
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87 A Town Like Alice
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 25,729 ratings
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88 Invisible Man
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 84,575 ratings
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88 The Haunting of Hill House
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 34,339 ratings
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90 Zuleika Dobson
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 2,189 ratings
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91 The Golden Bowl
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 5,892 ratings
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92 An American Tragedy
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 19,807 ratings
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93 Winesburg, Ohio
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 16,313 ratings
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94 The Old Wives' Tale
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 2,042 ratings
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95 The Magus
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 26,263 ratings
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96 Main Street
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 14,675 ratings
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97 Fifth Business
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 9,130 ratings
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98 The Day of the Locust
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 11,652 ratings
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99 All the King's Men
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 35,311 ratings
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100 From Here to Eternity
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,971 ratings
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167 books · 88 voters · list created June 6th, 2009 by Rhea.
Tags: best, fiction, novel
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Kite Runner can't possibly be on the list, as it was published after the list was made.


message 2: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Apr 17, 2010 01:08PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Yes, I removed it. Also (with equal regret) "A Tale of Two Cities," "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Christie's "And Then There Were None," and Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility," as well as "Peace Like a River," "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Walk Two Moons," "Where Are the Children," "My Name Is Asher Lev," "The Search for Wallace Whipple," "Murphy's Law," "The Chronicles of Prydain," "Inkheart," "The Gabriel Hounds," and "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."

To those who added these books: Please note that this is NOT a RANDOM list for great novels, but it is only supposed to contain novels listed on either the Modern Library Editors' or their Readers' list, as published at http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibr... .

There are plenty of other lists for great novels (random as well as topical). If you want to add a book to THIS particular list, however, please first check on the above-mentioned website whether the book you have in mind matches the criteria. Thanks in advance!


message 3: by Darwin8u (new)

Darwin8u Table 21?


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Jan 18, 2012 02:48AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Hardly. Good catch!

ETA: Removed that book, as well as Memoirs of a Geisha, and amended the list description to include an express caveat to that effect.


message 5: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Yaste Where are the rest of the 100?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) If you've read any of them, do feel free to add the book(s) in question!


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Removed Mid Ocean -- likewise NOT on the original Modern Library list.


message 8: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Yaste The board's list or the reader's list?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) On most of these lists where there's both a board's (or publisher's) list and a readers' list, it tends to be either ...


message 10: by Mary (new)

Mary The Hunt for Red October should not be listed.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Marzie wrote: "The Hunt for Red October should not be listed."

It's on the readers' list.


message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah There's only 86 on here?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Sarah wrote: "There's only 86 on here?"

That's presumably because people so far have only added the books they've read. If you see any books at the above link (http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/...) -- either on the 100-book Board's List or on the 100-book Readers' List -- that you've read and that aren't on the list, yet, do feel free to add them as well. (It's easy: Just click on the tab up top next to "all votes").


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for not being on either of the Modern Library lists in question:

Isn't It Pretty To Think So?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You and me both.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Well, it's down to 36 pages of Listopias now. Progress?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Softly, softly catch a monkey ... (shrug).


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I need a nap.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Me, too. Got us down to 35 pages, though.


message 22: by David (last edited Mar 06, 2014 02:33PM) (new)

David Hello all, I noticed that there were quite a few titles from the original Modern Reader's 100 Novels list that were not on here so I have added all of the remaining ones to the list as they are all books that I've either read or intend to read. It was a goal of mine for quite some time to obtain or read every book on this list. I finished collecting them several years ago. Surprisingly I had never searched out this list but am glad I found it. So, comb through it and if there are some that are also your favorites, give 'em a vote. I didn't tackle the readers list, that will be for another time. :)


message 23: by Julian (new)

Julian Meynell This list badly needs books removing. The number one book on the list is To Kill a Mockingbird which does not appear on the Modern Library list.


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