100 Greatest Novels of All Time

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<ul><li><p>7/27/2019 100 Greatest Novels of All Time</p><p> 1/15</p><p>THE ONE HUNDRED GREATEST NOVELS OF ALL TIME</p><p>1. Marcel Proust Remembrance of Things Past</p><p>The only paradise is a paradise lost.</p><p>2. Fyodor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamozov</p><p>If God is dead, then all things are permitted.</p><p>3. Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain</p><p>Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or</p><p>blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Evenwhen a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire offpistols.</p><p>4. Henry James The Ambassadors</p><p>"The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have."</p><p>5. Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote</p><p>"For the love of God, sir knight errant, if you ever meet me again, please, evenif you see me being cut into little pieces, don't rush to my aid or try to help</p><p>me, but just let me be miserable, because no matter what they're doing to meit couldn't be worse than what will happen if your grace helps, so may Godcurse you and every knight errant who's ever been born in the world."</p><p>6. Herman Melville Moby Dick</p><p>"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last Igrapple with thee; from hells heart I stab at thee; for hates sake I spit mylast breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and</p><p>since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee,though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!"</p><p>7. William Faulkner Absalom, Absalom!</p><p>"I learned little save that most of the deeds, good and bad both, incurring</p><p>opprobrium or plaudits or reward either, within the scope of man's abilities,</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 100 Greatest Novels of All Time</p><p> 2/15</p><p>had already been performed and were to be learned about only from books."</p><p>8. Leo Tolstoy War and Peace</p><p>A thought that had long since and often occured to him during his military</p><p>activities -- the idea that there is not and cannot be any science of war, andthat therefore there can be no such thing as a military genius -- now appeared</p><p>to him an obvious truth.</p><p>9. Henry Fielding Tom Jones</p><p>Jenny replied to this with a bitterness which might have surprized a judiciousperson, who had observed the tranquility with which she bore all the affrontsto her chastity; but her patience was perhaps tired out, for this is a virtuewhich is very apt to be fatigued by exercise.</p><p>10. Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</p><p>But that's always the way; it don't make no difference whether you do rightor wrong, a person's conscience ain't got no sense, and just goes for himanyway. . . . It takes up more room than all the rest of a person's insides, andyet ain't no good, nohow. Tom Sawyer thinks the same.</p><p>11. Gabriel Garca Mrquez One Hundred Years of Solitude</p><p>Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buenda was</p><p>to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."</p><p>12. Henry James The Wings of the Dove</p><p>Never was a consciousness more rounded and fastened down over what filledit; which is precisely what we have spoken of as, in its degree, the oppression</p><p>of success, the somewhat chilled state - tending to the solitary - of supremerecognition.</p><p>13. Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment</p><p>"I like them to talk nonsense. That's man's one privilege over all creation.Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You neverreach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundredand fourteen."</p><p>14. Charles Dickens Great Expectations</p>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0060740450&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0060740450&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0060740450&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifr</li><li><p>7/27/2019 100 Greatest Novels of All Time</p><p> 3/15</p><p>It ain't that I am proud, but that I want to be right, as you shall never see meno more in these clothes. I'm wrong in these clothes. I'm wrong out of theforge, the kitchen, or off th' meshes. You won't find half so much fault in me ifyou think of me in my forge dress, with my hammer in my hand, or even my</p><p>pipe. You won't find half so much fault in me if, supposing as you should ever</p><p>wish to see me, you come and put your head in at the forge window and seeJoe the blacksmith, there, at the old anvil, in the old burnt apron, sticking to</p><p>the old work. I'm awful dull, but I hope I've beat out something nigh the rightsof this at last. And so God bless you, dear old Pip, old chap, God bless you!"</p><p>15. Victor Hugo Les Misrables</p><p>What can be done in hell? They sang. For where there is no more hope,song remains.</p><p>16. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice</p><p>It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of agood fortune, must be in want of a wife"</p><p>17. Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot</p><p>"And where on earth did I get the idea that you were an idiot? You alwaysobserve what other people pass by unnoticed."</p><p>18. Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises</p><p>"In bull-fighting they speak of the terrain of the bull and the terrain of the bull-fighter. As long as a bull-fighter stays in his own terrain he is comparativelysafe. Each time he enters into the terrain of the bull he is in great danger.</p><p>19. Hermann Broch The Sleepwalkers</p><p>There are evenings in spring when the twilight lasts far longer than theastronomically prescribed period. Then a thin smoky mist sinks over the cityand gives it the subdued suspense of evenings preceding a holiday. And at the</p><p>same time it is as if this subdued, pale grey mist had netted so much light thatbrighter strands remain in it even when it has become quite black and velvety.</p><p>20. Franz Kafka The Trial</p><p>It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it asnecessary.</p>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0307278107&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0307278107&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0307278107&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifr</li><li><p>7/27/2019 100 Greatest Novels of All Time</p><p> 4/15</p><p>21. James Joyce Ulysses</p><p>History, said Stephen, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.</p><p>22. Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary</p><p>"She repeated to herself, "I have a lover! I have a lover!" and the thought gaveher a delicious thrill, as though she were beginning a second puberty. At lastshe was going to possess the joys of love, that fever of happiness she haddespaired of ever knowing. She was entering a marvelous realm in whicheverything would be passion, ecstasy and rapture; she was surrounded by</p><p>vast expanses of bluish space, summits of intense feeling sparkled before hereyes, and everyday life appeared far below in the shadows between thesepeaks."</p><p>23. F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby</p><p>So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into thepast.</p><p>24. William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury</p><p>"Did you ever have a sister? did you?"</p><p>25. George Eliot Middlemarch</p><p>Signs are small measurable things, but interpretations are illimitable, and ingirls of sweet, ardent nature, every sign is apt to conjure up wonder, hope,</p><p>belief, vast as a sky, and colored by a diffused thimbleful of matter in theshape of knowledge.</p><p>26. Ralph Ellison Invisible Man</p><p>"I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I,and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful</p><p>boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone elseappears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself. But first I hadto discover that I am an invisible man!"</p><p>27. Henry James The Golden Bowl</p><p>"She kept her eyes on him as if, though unsatisfied, mystified, she yet had a</p></li><li><p>7/27/2019 100 Greatest Novels of All Time</p><p> 5/15</p><p>fancy for the bowl. 'Not even if the thing should come to pieces?" And then ashe was silent: "Not even if he should have to say to me "The Golden Bowl is</p><p>broken"?'</p><p>"He was still silent; after which he had his strangest smile. 'Ah if any one</p><p>should WANT to smash it--!'</p><p>"She laughed; she almost admired the little man's expression. 'You mean one</p><p>could smash it with a hammer?'</p><p>"'Yes, if nothing else would do. Or perhaps even by dashing it with violence--say upon a marble floor.'</p><p>28. Stendhal The Red and the Black</p><p>"A novel is a mirror that strolls along a highway. Now it reflects the blue of the</p><p>skies, now the mud puddles underfoot."</p><p>29. Henry James The Portrait of a Lady</p><p>"Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet."</p><p>30. Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina</p><p>"All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in itsown way."</p><p>31. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness</p><p>"He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision--he cried out twice, a cry</p><p>that was no more than a breath: 'The horror! The horror!'"</p><p>32. Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse</p><p>"What people had shed and left - a pair of shoes, a shooting cap, some faded</p><p>skirts and coats in wardrobes - these alone kept the human shape and in theemptiness indicated how once they were filled and animated; how once hands</p><p>were busy with hooks and buttons; how once the looking glass had held aface."</p><p>33. William Thackeray Vanity Fair</p><p>"A woman with fair opportunities, and without an absolute hump, may marrywhom she likes."</p>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0393926362&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0393926362&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0393926362&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifr</li><li><p>7/27/2019 100 Greatest Novels of All Time</p><p> 6/15</p><p>34. Ivan Turgenev Fathers and Sons</p><p>"Yes, there used to be Hegelists and now there are nihilists. We shall see how</p><p>you will manage to exist in the empty airless void; and now ring, please,</p><p>brother Nikolai, it's time for me to drink my cocoa."</p><p>35. Vladimir Nabokov Pale Fire</p><p>I am the shadow of the waxwing slain by the false azure of the window pane</p><p>36. Saul Bellow The Adventures of Augie March</p><p>"I am an American, Chicago bornChicago, that somber cityand go at thingsas I have taught myself, free style, and will make the record in my own way:</p><p>first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a notso innocent."</p><p>37. Charles Dickens Bleak House</p><p>"Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course oftime, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. Theparties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no twoChancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a totaldisagreement as to all the premises. Innumerable children have been born intothe cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old</p><p>people have died out of it."</p><p>38. Ian McEwan Atonement</p><p>"It wasnt only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it wasconfusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the</p><p>simple truth that other people are as real as you."</p><p>39. George Eliot Silas Marner</p><p>"The past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and thepresent too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories."</p><p>40. Fyodor Dostoevsky The Gambler</p><p>"Even as I approach the gambling hall, as soon as I hear, two rooms away, thejingle of money poured out on the table, I almost go into convulsions."</p>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0143039571&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=038572179X&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=038572179X&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=038572179X&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0143039571&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=greatbooksg08-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as1&amp;asins=0143039571&amp;fc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;lt1=_blank&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;bc1=000000&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;f=ifr</li><li><p>7/27/2019 100 Greatest Novels of All Time</p><p> 7/15</p><p>41. Honore de Balzac Le Pre Goriot</p><p>"Our heart is a treasury; if you spend all its wealth at once you are ruined."</p><p>42. John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath</p><p>"It ain't that big. The whole United States ain't that big. It ain't that big. Itain't big enough. There ain't room enough for you an' me, for your kind an' mykind, for rich and poor together all in one country, for thieves and honest men.For hunger and fat."</p><p>43. J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye</p><p>"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know</p><p>is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how myparents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David</p><p>Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to knowthe truth."</p><p>44. Jane Austen Emma</p><p>"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."</p><p>45. Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre</p><p>"Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as menfeel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as muchas their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a</p><p>stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in theirmore privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselvesto making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and</p><p>embroidering bags"</p><p>46. Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights</p><p>"A person who has not done one half his day's work by ten o'clock, runs achance of leaving the other half undone."</p><p>47. Joseph Conrad Nostromo</p><p>"Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flatteringillusions. 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