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100 Best Novels - Radcliffe Publishing

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1.THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since..."

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2.THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know ..."

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3.THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

"To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth ..."

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4.TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

"Scout, the narrator, remembers the summer that her brother Jem broke his arm, and she looks back over the years to recall the incidents that..."

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5.THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker

"Dear God, I am fourteen years old..."

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6.ULYSSES by James Joyce

"Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed..."

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7.BELOVED by Toni Morrison

"124 was spiteful. Full of a baby's venom..."

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8.LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

"The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon ..."

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9.1984 by George Orwell

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen..."

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10.THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

"Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting ..."

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11.LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins ..."

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12.OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck

"A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green ..."

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13.CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E. B. White

"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast..."

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14.A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was ..."

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15.CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

"It was love at first sight..."

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16.BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

"A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories..."

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17.ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

"Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the henhouse for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes ..."

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18.THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

"Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. Do not think that I am very much impressed ..."

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19.AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

"Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file ..."

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20.A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

"In the late summer of that year we lived in a house that looked across the river ..."

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21.HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

"The, Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest ..."

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22.WINNIE-THE-POOH by A. A. Milne

"Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin..."

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23.THERE EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston

"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board..."

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24.INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

"It goes a long way back, some twenty years ..."

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25.SONG OF SOLOMON by Toni Morrison

"The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance agent promised to fly from Mercy to the other side of Lake Superior ..."

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26.GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

"Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were..."

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27.NATIVE SON by Richard Wright

"BRRRRRRRI I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I INNG! An alarm clock clanged in the dark and silent room ..."

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28.ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Ken Kesey

"They're out there..."

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29.SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

"All this happened, more or less ..."

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30.FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Ernest Hemingway

"He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest ..."

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31.ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

"I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up ..."

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32.THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway

"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone ..."

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33.THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

"Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have know that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tidewater dog, strong ..."

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34.TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

"YES, of course, if it's fine tomorrow," said Mrs. Ramsay ..."

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35.PORTRAIT OF A LADY by Henry James

"Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea..."

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36.GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

"Everyone had always said that John would be a preacher when he grew up, just like his father..."

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37.THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving

Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater..."

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38.ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren

"To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new..."

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39.A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E. M. Forster

"'The Signora had not business to do it,' said Miss Bartlett, 'no business at all. She promised us ...'"

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40.THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien

"When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday..."

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41.SCHINDLER"S LIST by Thomas Keneally

"General Sigmund List's armored divisions, driving north from the Sudetenland, had taken the sweet south Polish jewel of Cracow from both flanks on September 6,..."

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42.THE AGE OF *INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton

"On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York..."

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43.THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand

"Howard Roark laughed..."

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44.FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce

"riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of short to bend in bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs ..."

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45.THE JUNGLE by Upton Sinclair

"IT WAS four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive..."

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46.MRS. DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf

"MRS. DALLOWAY said she would buy the flowers herself..."

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47.THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

"Dorothy LIVED IN the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife..."

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48.LADY CHATTERLEY"S LOVER by D. H. Lawrence

"Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it ..."

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49.A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess.

"'What's it going to be then, eh?' ..."

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50.THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin

"A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: "Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That's all..."

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51.MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather

"I first heard of Antonia' on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America..."

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52.HOWARDS END by E. M. Forster

"One may as well begin with Helen's letter to her sister ..."

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53.IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

"The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans ...."

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54.FRANNY AND ZOOEY by J. D. Salinger

"Though brilliantly sunny, Saturday morning was overcoat weather again, not just topcoat weather, as it had been all week and as everyone hoped it would stay for the big weekend--the weekend of the Yale game."

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55.THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie

"'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die..."

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56.JAZZ by Toni Morrison

"Sth, I know that woman ..."

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57.SOPHIE'S CHOICE by William Styron

"In those days cheap apartments were almost impossible to find in Manhattan, so I had to move to Brooklyn ..."

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58.ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner

"From a little after two o'clock until almost sundown of the long still hot weary dead September afternoon they sat in what Miss Coldfield still called ..."

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59.A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E. M. Forster

"Except for the Marabar Caves-and they are twenty miles off-the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary ..."

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60.ETHAN FROME by Ethan Wharton

"I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story..."

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61.A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND by Flannery O'Connor

"The grandmother didn't want to go to Florida..."

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62.TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half-way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel ..."

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63.ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf

"HE-for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it-was in the act of slicing..."

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64.SONS AND LOVERS by D. H. Lawrence

"'The Bottoms' succeeded to 'Hell Row'..."

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65.BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe

"At that very moment, in the very sort of Park Avenue co-op apartment that so obsessed the Mayor . . ."

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66.CAT'S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut

"CALL ME JONAH..."

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67.A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles

"As the novel opens, Gene Forrester returns to Devon, the New Hampshire boarding school he attended during World War II..."

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68.LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

"Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece...'"

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69.THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James

"She couldn't dream it away, nor walk it away, nor read it away, nor think it away ..."

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70.THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe

"Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond ..."

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71.REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again..."

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72.THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

"The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village ..."

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73.NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs

"I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves, setting up their devil doll stool pigeons, crooning over my spoon..."

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74.BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

"I have been here before," I said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago on a cloudless day in ..."

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75.WOMEN IN LOVE by D. H. Lawrence

"Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the large window-bay of their father's house in Beldover, working and talking ..."

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76.LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL by Thomas Wolfe

"A destiny that leads the English to the Dutch is strange enough; but one that leads from Epsom into Pennsylvania, and thence into the hills..."

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77.IN OUR TIME by Ernest Hemingway

"The strange thing was, he said, how they screamed every night at midnight ..."

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78.THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS by Gertrude Stein

"I was born in San Francisco, California. I have in consequence always preferred living ..."

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79.THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

"Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth ..."

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80.THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer

"Nobody could sleep ..."

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81.WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys

"They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did ..."

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82.WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo

"The station wagons arrived at noon, a long shining line that coursed through the west campus ..."

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83.O PIONEERS! by Willa Cather

"One January day, thirty years ago, the little town of Hanover, anchored on a windy Nebraska tableland, was trying not to be blown away..."

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84.TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

"I am living at the Villa Borghese ..."

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85.THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H. G. Wells

"No one would have believed in last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than..."

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86.LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad

"He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head ..."

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87.THE BOSTONIANS by Henry James

"'Olive will come down in about ten minutes; she told me to tell you that..."

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88.AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser

"Dusk-of a summer night ..."

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89.DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather

"One afternoon in the autumn of 1851 a solitary horseman, followed by a pack-mule, was pushing through an arid stretch of country somewhere in central..."

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90.WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame

"The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home..."

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91.THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while..."

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92.ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand

"Who is John Galt?..."

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93.THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN by John Fowles

"An easterly is the most disagreeable wind in Lyme Bay- Lyme Bay being that largest bite from the underside of England's outstretched southwestern leg -..."

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94.BABBITT by Sinclair Lewis

"The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods..."

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95.KIM by Rudyard Kipling

"He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - the Wonder House, as the ..."

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96.THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"In 1913, when Anthony Patch was twenty-five, two years were already gone since irony, the Holy Ghost of this later day, had, theoretically at least,..."

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97.RABBIT, RUN by John Updike

"Boys are playing baseball around a telephone pole ..."

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98.WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD by E. M. Forster

"They were all at Charing Cross to see Lilia off ...

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99.MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis

"On a hill by the Mississippi where Chippewas camped two generations ago, a girl stood in relief against the cornflower blue of Northern sky ..."

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100.MIDNIGHT"S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

"I was born in the city of Bombay...once upon a time ..."

Last Updated 22.08.2005