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    Modern Library's 50 Best Fiction Books of the Century

    1 Ulysses James Joyce
    2 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
    3 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
    4 Lolita Vladimir Nobokov
    5 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
    6 The Sound & the Fury William Faulkner
    7 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
    8 Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
    9 Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
    10 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
    11 Under the Volcano (Audio) Malcolm Lowry
    12 The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
    13 1984 George Orwell
    14 I, Claudius Robert Graves
    15 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
    16 An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
    17 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
    18 Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
    19 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
    20 Native Son Richard Wright
    21 Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
    22 Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara
    23 U.S.A (Trilogy) John Dos Passos
    24 Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson
    25 A Passage to India E.M. Forster
    26 The Wings of the Dove Henry James
    27 The Ambassadors Henry James
    28 Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
    29 Studs Lonigan Trilogy James T. Farrell
    30 The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
    31 Animal Farm George Orwell
    32 The Golden Bowl Henry James
    33 Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
    34 A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh
    35 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
    36 All the King's Men Rovert Penn Warren
    37 The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder
    38 Howard's End E. M. Forster
    39 Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
    40 The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene
    41 Lord of the Flies William Golding
    42 Deliverance James Dickey
    43 A Dance to the Music of Time (series)
    First Movement
    Second Movement
    Third Movement
    Fourth Movement Anthony Powell
    44 Point Counter Point Aldous Huxley
    45 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
    46 The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
    47 Nostromo Joseph Conrad
    48 The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence
    49 Women in Love D.H. Lawrence
    50 Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller

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    Hey thanks for posting the list.... I have read a lot of them. Didn't like the Great Gatsby, but probably just because I HAD to read it for school. I'm always looking for something new to read... and now I've got a place to start.

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    Sadly, I've only read about five of these. So many books, so little time.
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    Re: Modern Library's 50 Best Fiction Books of the Century

    I've read severalof them and the only one of them that I really didn't like was "Tender is the Night" (although I liked The Great Gatsby). If anyone wants to discuss any of these books, feel free!

    1 Ulysses James Joyce
    2 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
    10 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
    13 1984 George Orwell
    14 I, Claudius Robert Graves
    17 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
    18 Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
    19 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
    20 Native Son Richard Wright
    28 Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
    31 Animal Farm George Orwell
    35 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
    39 Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
    44 Point Counter Point Aldous Huxley
    50 Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller

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    1984 was pretty good. I also liked Animal Farm, but i didn't read it all the way.

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    I've read only six of them, and own a couple that I have to read.
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    When did they teach Red Sox fans how to read?
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    I just downloaded a list last week to start reading the books. Just bought Mrs. Dalloway

    I did Animal Farm, boredouttamind. It's very good.

    Anna, I thought the Modern Library's list is about 100 books? Is it about similar to the Radcliff student's list?
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    I honestly don't know. Most of these lists are so biased that I basically use them for book suggestions, but place my own judgment on the books. I'm not sure where I found this list. I did a metacrawler search for the Modern Library Best Books List and this is what came up...

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    I can never understand what people see in Faulkner's books, I've had to read a few for school, hated them. Came back and read a couple as an adult figureing I was just to young when I read them the first time...hated them just as much.

    Loved Great Gatsby and Slaughter House Five.
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