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May 13, 2017


List Modern Library’s 100 novels 20th C

by NancyElin

  • #20BooksOfSummer
  • It is time to get back some serious ‘classic reading’.
  • I have chosen  the Modern Library’s List of top 100 novels  20th C.
  • I’ve read a few of these books but want to try to complete the list.
  • I will check off each book as I progress.

READ:   28/100

1. Ulysses by James Joyce – READ

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – READ

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – READ

7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – READ

8. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

9. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – READ

11. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry – READ

12. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

13. 1984 by George Orwell

14. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

15. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

16. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

17. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

18. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – READ

20. Native Son by Richard Wright

21. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

22. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara – READ

23. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos

24. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

25. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

26. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

27. The Ambassadors by Henry James

28. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

29. The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell

30. The Good Solidier by Ford Madox Ford

31. Animal Farm by George Orwell – READ

32. The Golden Bowl by Henry James

33. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

34. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

35. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

36. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren – READ

37. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder – READ

38. Howards End by E.M. Forster – READ

39. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (review HERE) – READ

40. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene – READ

41. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – READ

42. Deliverance by James Dickey

43. A Dance to the Music of Time (series) by Anthony Powell

44. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley

45. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

46. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

47. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad – READ

48. The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence

49. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

50. Tropic of Cancerby Henry Miller

51. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

52. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth – READ

53. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

54. Light in August by William Faulkner

55. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

56. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

57. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford

58. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – READ

59. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

60. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

61. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

62. From Here to Eternity by James Jones

63. The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever – READ

64. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – READ

65. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

66. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham – READ

67. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

68. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis – READ

69. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton – READ

70. The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durell

71. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

72. A House for Mr. Biswasby V.S. Naipaul

73. The Day of the Locustby Nathanael West

74. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

75. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

76. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

77. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

78. Kim by Rudyard Kipling

79. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster – READ

80. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

81. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

82. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

83. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul – READ

84. The Death  of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

85. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad – READ

86. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

87. The Old Wives Tale by Arnold Bennett

88. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

89. Loving by Henry Green

90. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

91. Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

92. Ironweed by William Kennedy

93. The Magus by John Fowles

94. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – READ

95. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

96. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron – READ

97. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

98. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

99. The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy

100. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington – READ

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 13 2017

    Some great books to look forward to here Nancy – midnight’s children, angle of repose, brideshead revisited, a passage to India – some of my all time favourites.

    I also have the Alexandria quartet on my TBR – maybe we should do a readalong some time in the future ?

    • May 13 2017

      That would be fun….sometimes I need a push. I want to put more feelings/insights into reviews of these books. Your ‘Exit West’ was great…and I still must read your last post. The book about Fabienne Verdier really opened up my eyes….and mind. Do take the time to look at that review and clikc on the link to watch the ‘creative process’ as she makes her art. Merveilleux!

  2. tracybham
    May 13 2017

    That is an interesting list, Nancy. There is one here I have had for a long time but not yet read: The Moviegoer.

    Do you recommend The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth equally or do you prefer one over the other?

    • May 13 2017

      I loved both books…Age of Innocence and House of Mirth.
      But must admit Age of Innocence …took my breath away. I’d start with that one!
      Moviegover: I had never heard of this book!

  3. May 13 2017

    Well it’s quite a list – and some of those you haven’t read are among my favourites! Wonder where you plan to start?!!

    • May 13 2017

      Start with the only book of the 100 on my Kindle: ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’ (J. Baldwin).


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