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Modern Library Top 100 Novels Which I Recommend

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The list author says: "I was in high school when the Modern Library published their list of the top 100 novels of the 20th Century. I was a nerd and decided to read them (though I later vowed to never read anything as obstruse as Finnegan's Wake or Ulysses--I'll never get to them). Years later, I've not completed the list, but I read several each year. Here are some I liked."
The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
"My favorite novel of all-time. I wouldn't have discovered it when I did if not for the list."
Angle of Repose (Penguin Classics)
Angle of Repose (Penguin Classics)
"The great western novel and one of the most affecting on the list."
Catch-22
Catch-22
"Is so much more than a sarcastic anti-war novel."
Brave New World
Brave New World
"I find Brave New World to be, by far, the scariest novel on the list."
I, Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Vintage International)
I, Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Vintage International)
"Nothing else like this on the list. Hugely enjoyable."
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"Vonnegut's best, although I would have liked to have seen Cat's Cradle on the list with it."
A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library)
A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library)
"I'm not sure whether this or Heart of Darkness is the darker book."
Scoop
Scoop
"I think sort of a surprise for the list. I love it, though. It's one of Waugh's funniest (The Loved One beats it) and most well-paced books."
An American Tragedy (Signet Classics)
An American Tragedy (Signet Classics)
"As brilliant as it is long."
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
"I would rank The Great Gatsby just behind An American Tragedy as a great novel deconstructing the American dream."
Darkness at Noon
Darkness at Noon
"It's inclusion on the list was controversial, since it was first written in German. I don't think anyone would say it's not a great novel though."
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
"This is one of those books you could read forever and find new things in."
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
"Waugh is known for his pessimism, but not for this book. I tend to think of it as his masterpiece."
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"The scenes with Holden and his sister can just about make me cry."
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)
"Anyone, in my opinion, who reads the final pages of this novel  will count it as a favorite."
Animal Farm: Centennial Edition
Animal Farm: Centennial Edition
Lord of the Flies (50th Anniversary Edition)
Lord of the Flies (50th Anniversary Edition)
"Another standard high school text that, probably sadly, seems to get better and truer every year."
A High Wind in Jamaica (New York Review Books Classics)
A High Wind in Jamaica (New York Review Books Classics)
"For my money, this is as good as Lord of the Flies."
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
"I'm honestly not a huge Hemingway fan, but this one really works for me."
Zuleika Dobson
Zuleika Dobson
"If you like Evelyn Waugh, you should read this. It's probably even sharper...although more slight."
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
"Certainly Conrad's best."
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel
"I would have liked to have seen Memento Mori on the list, too."
The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics)
The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics)
"Not a children's book."
A Room with a View
A Room with a View
"A beautiful romance with a brain."
Loving; Living; Party Going (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Loving; Living; Party Going (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
"Loving is sort of the modernist fairy tale."
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice
"A great novel...not just a great genre novel. I wish that more in this vein (i.e. Anderson's Thieves Like Us)had been included."
As I Lay Dying (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
As I Lay Dying (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"My personal favorite of Faulkner's novels."
The Death of the Heart
The Death of the Heart
"I would have much preferred to have seen something by Barbara Pym on the list, but Bowen's ok."
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