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Jimmy (jimmylorunning) | 145 comments Mod
99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939: A Personal Choice by Anthony Burgess

1939
* Party Going, Henry Green
* After Many a Summer, Aldous Huxley
* Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
* At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O'Brien
1940
* The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
* For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
* Strangers and Brothers (to 1970), C. P. Snow
1941
* The Aerodrome, Rex Warner
1944
* The Horse's Mouth, Joyce Cary
* The Razor's Edge, Somerset Maugham
1945
* Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
1946
* Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake
1947
* The Victim, Saul Bellow
* Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
1948
* The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
* Ape and Essence, Aldous Huxley
* The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
* No Highway, Nevil Shute
1949
* The Heat of the Day, Elizabeth Bowen
* Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
* The Body, William Sansom
1950
* Scenes from Provincial Life, William Cooper
* The Disenchanted, Budd Schulberg
1951
* A Dance to the Music of Time (to 1975), Anthony Powell
* The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
* The Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight (to 1969), Henry Williamson
* The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk
1952
* Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
* The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
* The Groves of Academe, Mary McCarthy
* Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor
* Sword of Honour (to 1961), Evelyn Waugh
1953
* The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
1954
* Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
1957
* Room at the Top, John Braine
* The Alexandria Quartet (to 1960), Lawrence Durrell
* The London Novels (to 1960), Colin MacInnes
* The Assistant, Bernard Malamud
1958
* The Bell, Iris Murdoch
* Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe
* The Once and Future King, T. H. White
1959
* The Mansion, William Faulkner
* Goldfinger, Ian Fleming
1960
* Facial Justice, L. P. Hartley
* The Balkans Trilogy (to 1965), Olivia Manning
1961
* The Mighty and Their Fall, Ivy Compton-Burnett
* Catch-22, Joseph Heller
* The Fox in the Attic, Richard Hughes
* Riders in the Chariot, Patrick White
* The Old Men at the Zoo, Angus Wilson
1962
* Another Country, James Baldwin
* An Error of Judgment, Pamela Hansford Johnson
* Island, Aldous Huxley
* The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
* Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
1963
* The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark
1964
* The Spire, William Golding
* Heartland, Wilson Harris
* A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood
* The Defence, Vladimir Nabokov
* Late Call, Angus Wilson
1965
* The Lockwood Concern, John O'Hara
* The Mandelbaum Gate, Muriel Spark
1966
* A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe
* The Anti-Death League, Kingsley Amis
* Giles Goat-Boy, John Barth
* The Late Bourgeois World, Nadine Gordimer
* The Last Gentleman, Walker Percy
1967
* The Vendor of Sweets, R. K. Narayan
1968
* The Image Men, J. B. Priestley
* Cocksure, Mordecai Richler
* Pavane, Keith Roberts
1969
* The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles
* Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth
1970
* Bomber, Len Deighton
1973
* Sweet Dreams, Michael Frayn
* Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
1975
* Humboldt's Gift, Saul Bellow
* The History Man, Malcolm Bradbury
1976
* The Doctor's Wife, Brian Moore
* Falstaff, Robert Nye
1977
* How to Save Your Own Life, Erica Jong
* Farewell Companions, James Plunkett
* Staying On, Paul Scott
1978
* The Coup, John Updike
1979
* The Unlimited Dream Company, J. G. Ballard
* Dubin's Lives, Bernard Malamud
* A Bend in the River, V. S. Naipaul
* Sophie's Choice, William Stryon
1980
* Life in the West, Brian Aldiss
* Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban
* How Far Can You Go?, David Lodge
* A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
1981
* Lanark, Alasdair Gray
* Darconville's Cat, Alexander Theroux
* The Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux
* Creation, Gore Vidal
1982
* The Rebel Angels, Robertson Davies
1983
* Ancient Evenings, Norman Mailer

thoughts? opinions?


message 2: by David S. T. (last edited Oct 18, 2008 10:00AM) (new)

David S. T. | 12 comments Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry -- good choice.

I've not read most of these though so I can't comment on the overall list.


message 3: by Katie (last edited Mar 12, 2009 01:49PM) (new)

Katie | 6 comments I love a list that features both Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming


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