Popular 20th Century Books

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To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird #1) To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird #1)
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avg rating 4.24 — 4,019,894 ratings — published 1960
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
by (shelved 455 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.79 — 2,585,806 ratings — published 1951
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Animal Farm Animal Farm (Paperback)
by (shelved 425 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.85 — 2,323,052 ratings — published 1945
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Lolita Lolita (Paperback)
by (shelved 332 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.87 — 832,355 ratings — published 1955
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Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
by (shelved 319 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,813,833 ratings — published 1937
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Hardcover)
by (shelved 309 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.01 — 754,546 ratings — published 1953
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.96 — 1,416,200 ratings — published 1932
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Slaughterhouse-Five Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 1,261,661 ratings — published 1969
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The Hobbit The Hobbit (Paperback)
by (shelved 291 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.23 — 2,490,766 ratings — published 1937
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Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
by (shelved 290 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.63 — 1,994,230 ratings — published 1954
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The Stranger The Stranger (Paperback)
by (shelved 288 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.95 — 603,021 ratings — published 1942
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The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea (Hardcover)
by (shelved 260 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.71 — 708,366 ratings — published 1952
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Mrs. Dalloway Mrs. Dalloway (Hardcover)
by (shelved 244 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.78 — 237,102 ratings — published 1925
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The Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 237 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.09 — 2,562,991 ratings — published 1947
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The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)
by (shelved 219 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.02 — 785,048 ratings — published 1985
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The Little Prince The Little Prince (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.26 — 946,907 ratings — published 1943
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The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 215 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.76 — 486,750 ratings — published 1915
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A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange (Paperback)
by (shelved 213 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.97 — 746,556 ratings — published 1962
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Rebecca Rebecca (ebook)
by (shelved 205 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.24 — 203,010 ratings — published 1938
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To the Lighthouse To the Lighthouse (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.76 — 172,197 ratings — published 1927
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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
by (shelved 198 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.99 — 303,110 ratings — published 1939
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Catch-22 Catch-22 (Paperback)
by (shelved 193 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.97 — 1,001,295 ratings — published 1961
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The Sun Also Rises The Sun Also Rises (Paperback)
by (shelved 192 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.83 — 457,402 ratings — published 1926
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On the Road On the Road (Paperback)
by (shelved 189 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.66 — 404,372 ratings — published 1957
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The Master and Margarita The Master and Margarita (Paperback)
by (shelved 177 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.34 — 219,946 ratings — published 1966
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The Sound and the Fury The Sound and the Fury (Paperback)
by (shelved 165 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.85 — 240,495 ratings — published 1929
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The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
by (shelved 164 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.41 — 599,314 ratings — published 1954
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A Farewell to Arms A Farewell to Arms (Paperback)
by (shelved 163 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.79 — 303,097 ratings — published 1929
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Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
by (shelved 160 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.59 — 285,345 ratings — published 1958
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Ulysses Ulysses (Paperback)
by (shelved 155 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.70 — 225,030 ratings — published 1922
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East of Eden East of Eden (Paperback)
by (shelved 154 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.33 — 576,777 ratings — published 1952
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Paperback)
by (shelved 152 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.09 — 352,657 ratings — published 1984
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Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle (Paperback)
by (shelved 150 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.19 — 387,553 ratings — published 1963
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Breakfast at Tiffany's Breakfast at Tiffany's (Paperback)
by (shelved 148 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.91 — 220,418 ratings — published 1958
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Siddhartha Siddhartha (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 147 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.98 — 525,116 ratings — published 1922
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Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 147 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.18 — 38,378 ratings — published 1997
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A Room of One's Own A Room of One's Own (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 145 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 4.08 — 125,279 ratings — published 1929
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Waiting for Godot Waiting for Godot
by (shelved 145 times as 20th-century)
avg rating 3.81 — 141,579 ratings — published 1952
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Cornell Woolrich
“When I came out into the outside room again, I saw her shoe still lying there, where it had come off in the course of our brief wrestle. It looked so pathetic there by itself without an owner, it looked so lonely, it looked so empty. Something made me pick it up arid take it in to her. Like when someone's going away, you help them on with their coat, or their jackboots, or whatever it is they need for going away.

I didn't try to put it back on her, I just set it down there beside her close at hand. You're going to need this, I said to her in my mind. You're starting on a long walk. You're going to keep walking from now on, looking for your home.

I stopped and wondered for a minute if that was what happened to all of us when we crossed over. Just keep walking, keep on walking, with no ahead and no in-back-of; tramps, vagrants in eternity. With our last hope and horizon - death - already taken away.

In the Middle Ages they had lurid colors, a bright red hell, an azure heaven shot with gold stars. They knew where they were, at least. They could tell the difference. We, in the Twentieth, we just have the long walk, the long walk through the wispy backward-stringing mists of eternity, from nowhere to nowhere, never getting there, until you're so tired you almost wish you were alive again. ("Life Is Weird Sometimes" - first chapter of unpublished novel THE LOSER)”
Cornell Woolrich

William  Boyd
“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”
William Boyd, A Good Man in Africa

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