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Top Ten Greatest Books

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina

Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature.

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

After Flaubert's acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published in two volumes. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now considered Flaubert's masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

You’ll read War and Peace in 10 days, maximum. Many people find the first 100 pages dauntingly full of characters, and only then does it seem to smooth out and become lucid. Tolstoy has immense care for his readers, and most of his challenges are challenges of sympathy, not of intricate understanding.

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby

Several new books are in the works, one about The Great Gatsby's enduring appeal, and two about Fitzgerald's time in Hollywood, while my own book, which traces the genesis of The Great Gatsby, is about to be published.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Boyd, editor of Letters to Véra, chronicling the decades-long love story between Vladimir and Véra, picks the 10 best Nabokov books. Vladimir Nabokov’s Letters to Véra, edited and translated by Olga Voronina and myself, publishes on November 4 (Knopf).

Middlemarch by George Eliot
Middlemarch by George Eliot

Middlemarch originates in two unfinished pieces that Eliot worked on during the years 1869 and 1870: the novel "Middlemarch" (which focused on the character of Lydgate) and the long story "Miss Brooke" (which focused on the character of Dorothea).

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn, inspired by a prequel (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) that was for boys, is a book that celebrates the lost world of childhood, the space and mystery of the midwest. Above all, it mythologises the issue – race – that had tormented the Union for so many decades. So Huck Finn floats down the great river that flows through the heart of America, and on this adventure he is accompanied by the magnificent figure of Jim, a runaway slave, who is also making his bid for freedom.

The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov

I'd pick up the Penguin Classics edition of "Anton Chekhov," which gives you, in one neat book, all 5 of his most famous works: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird voted Greatest Novel Of All Time To Kill a Mockingbird has been voted the 'Greatest novel of all time' according to a new poll.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. Mr. García Márquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life.

A Passage to India
A Passage to India

A Passage to India was published on 4 June 1924 by the British imprint Edward Arnold, and then on 14 August in New York by Harcourt, Brace and Co. Forster borrowed his title from a Walt Whitman poem of the same name in Leaves of Grass.

Invisible Man
Invisible Man

Invisible Man was meant to give a voice to the invisible (that is, the socially invisible or oppressed), and that voice is a song. Inspired by the imagery in T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” Ellison infused the liberal, improvisational features of jazz music into his writing—to great effect.

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Don Quixote
Don Quixote

Arthur Schopenhauer cited Don Quixote as one of the four greatest novels ever written, along with Tristram Shandy, La Nouvelle Héloïse, and Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre.

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Beloved
Beloved

Still, the Beloved Books list makes for a fascinating skim—especially when you consider where it overlaps with the Greatest Books List. A cursory glance tells me that among the Greatest and Most Beloved books are:

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The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows, one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon. Both books were later adapted for stage and film, of which A.A. Milne's Toad of Toad Hall was the first. The Disney films, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad and The Reluctant Dragon, have become the best known adaptations.

Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding.The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.. The novel has been generally well received. It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 41 on the editor's list, and 25 on the reader's list.

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea was the last major work Ernest Hemingway published in his lifetime. The simple story is about an old man who catches a giant fish in the waters off Cuba, only to have it devoured by sharks.

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Animal Farm – George Orwell
Animal Farm – George Orwell

Get free homework help on George Orwell's Animal Farm: book summary, chapter summary and analysis, quotes, essays, and character analysis courtesy of CliffsNotes. Animal Farm is George Orwell's satire on equality, where all barnyard animals live free from their human masters' tyranny.

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom. The story was later recreated by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name directed by Mick Jackson, which aired on December 5, 1999 and starred Hank Azaria. The book topped the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers of 2000.

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

From the masterful High Fidelity to the darkly comic A Long Way Down, come with us on this journey through NIck Hornby’s best books.

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The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Giver – Lois Lowry

Lowry won many awards for her work on The Giver, including the following: The 1994 Newbery Medal – The John Newbery award (Medal) is given by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award is given for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl

During the making of the film version of Fantastic Mr Fox, Wes Anderson returned to the Great Missenden countryside that had inspired the original story, staying with Roald's widow Felicity "Liccy" Dahl while he wrote the screenplay.

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