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    Top 100 Books of All Time

    The top 100 books of all time

    Full list of the 100 best works of fiction, alphabetically by author, as determined from a vote by 100 noted writers from 54 countries as released by the Norwegian Book Clubs. Don Quixote was named as the top book in history but otherwise no ranking was provided

    Wednesday May 8, 2002

    Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930), Things Fall Apart
    Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories
    Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice
    Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850), Old Goriot
    Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989), Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
    Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375), Decameron
    Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986), Collected Fictions
    Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights
    Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960), The Stranger
    Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970), Poems.
    Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961), Journey to the End of the Night
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote
    Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales
    Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924), Nostromo
    Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy
    Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations
    Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784), Jacques the Fatalist and His Master
    Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957), Berlin Alexanderplatz
    Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment; The Idiot; The Possessed; The Brothers Karamazov
    George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch
    Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994), Invisible Man
    Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea
    William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), Absalom, Absalom; The Sound and the Fury
    Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), Madame Bovary; A Sentimental Education
    Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936), Gypsy Ballads
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Colombia, (b. 1928), One Hundred Years of Solitude; Love in the Time of Cholera
    Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia (c 1800 BC).
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust
    Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852), Dead Souls
    Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927), The Tin Drum
    Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967), The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
    Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952), Hunger.
    Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea
    Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey
    Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906), A Doll's House
    The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).
    James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses
    Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Complete Stories; The Trial; The Castle Bohemia
    Kalidasa, India, (c. 400), The Recognition of Sakuntala
    Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972), The Sound of the Mountain
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957), Zorba the Greek
    DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930), Sons and Lovers
    Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998), Independent People
    Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837), Complete Poems
    Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919), The Golden Notebook
    Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking
    Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936), Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
    Mahabharata, India, (c 500 BC). Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911), Children of Gebelawi
    Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), Buddenbrook; The Magic Mountain
    Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick
    Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592), Essays. Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985), History
    Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved
    Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (N/A), The Tale of Genji Genji
    Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942), The Man Without Qualities
    Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita
    Njaals Saga, Iceland, (c 1300).
    George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984
    Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses
    Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935), The Book of Disquiet
    Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales
    Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922), Remembrance of Things Past
    Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel
    Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986), Pedro Paramo
    Jalal ad-din Rumi, Iran, (1207-1273), Mathnawi
    Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947), Midnight's Children
    Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292), The Orchard
    Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929), Season of Migration to the North
    Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922), Blindness
    William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet; King Lear; Othello
    Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King
    Stendhal, France, (1783-1842), The Red and the Black
    Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
    Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928), Confessions of Zeno
    Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver's Travels
    Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace; Anna Karenina; The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
    Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904), Selected Stories
    Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).
    Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC), Ramayana
    Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC), The Aeneid
    Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass
    Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse
    Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987), Memoirs of Hadrian

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    I've only read a couple of the books, and I wasn't that crazy about most of them. At least Johnny Tremain isn't on that list. I hated that book.

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    I've read a LOT more of these books than the other top 100 list you had - probably 30 of them.
    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's eyes... but why... why... why can't it be me?

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    Same here - Isn't that funny, since this is international? I've read almost half of these books...

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    A little off topic.

    I picked up this book in the library, took one look at the sheer volume, and put it back down - Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace
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    That's actually a really good book, but if you do read it, you need to keep a tablet next to you and write down everyone's name and description, because characters keep popping up, disappearing, then reappearing 200 pages later...

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    I think I have to read War and Peace for school next year... the mean things they do to ninth graders...

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    Anna Karenina was better ...

    Not sure whether DQ deserved #1
    It was hardest to read Canterbury Tales since the language was so different from what it is now.

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    Yeah, I don't understand Don Quixote being the best book in history. Actually, I didn't even think it was all that good...

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    I am just glad to see I have read a good number of these books.

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