Top 100 Books of the Century

March 1997

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1.The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

2.1984 by George Orwell

3.Animal Farm by George Orwell

4.Ulysses by James Joyce

5.Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

6.The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

7.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

8.One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

9.The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

10.Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

11.Wild Swans by Jung Chang

12.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

13.The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

14.On the Road by Jack Kerouac

15.Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

16.The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

17.Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

18.The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

19.The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

20.The Outsider by Albert Camus

21.The lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

22.The Trial by Franz Kafka

23.Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

24.The Hitchhiker´s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

25.Midnight´s Children by Salman Rushdie

26.The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

27.A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

28.Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

29.To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

30.If This is a Man by Primo Levi

31.Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

32.The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

33.A la Recherche du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust

34.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

35.Of mice and men by John Steinbeck

36.Beloved by Toni Morrison

37.Possession by A.S. Byatt

38.The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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

40.Watership Down by Richard Adams

41.Sophie´s World by Jostein Gaarder

42.The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

43.Love in a Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44.Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

45.The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

46.The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

47.Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

48.Howard´s End by E.M. Forster

49.Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

50.A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

51.Dune by Frank Herbert

52.A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irvine

53.Perfume by Patrick Süskind

54.Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

55.Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

56.Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

57.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

58.The Handmaid´s Tale by Margaret Atwood

59.Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

60.The Magus by John Fowles

61.Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

62.The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

63.The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

64.Tales from the City by Armistead Maupin

65.The French Lieutenant´s Woman by John Fowles

66.Captain Corelli´s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

67.Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

68.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

69.A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

70.Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

71.It by Stephen King

72.The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

73.The Stand by Stephen King

74.All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

75.Paddy Clarke ha ha ha by Roddy Doyle

76.Matilda by Roald Dahl

77.American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

78.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

79.A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

80.James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

81.Lady Chatterley´s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

82.The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

83.Complete Cookery Course by Delia Smith

84.An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan

85.The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence

86.Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

87.2001 - a Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

88.The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

89.A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

90.Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

91.The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

92.Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

93.The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell

94.Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

95.High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

96.The Van by Roddy Doyle

97.The BFG by Roald Dahl

98.Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

99.I, Claudius by Robert Graves

100.The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans


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