The Best Books: The Top 100 Novels of All Time

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A contemporary list, with an international flavour and a respect for the classics, The Best Books: Top 100 Novels of All Time list contains many of the great works of fiction you'd expect, but with a few surprises to add a little spice to the collection.

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1. Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley | Used Price: 80% Off

"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." —Chicago Tribune Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of ... More »

Brave New World
Crime and Punishment

2. Crime and Punishment

By Fyodor Dostoevsky | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Crime and Punishment is one of the most important novels of the nineteenth century. It is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes to set himself outside and above society. The novel is marked by Dostoevsky's own harrowing experience in penal servitude, ... More »

3. Nineteen Eighty-Four

By George Orwell | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and ... More »

Nineteen Eighty-Four
War and Peace

4. War and Peace

By Leo Tolstoy | Used Price: 70% Off

Published to coincide with the centenary of Tolstoy's death, here is an exciting new edition of one of the great literary works of world literature. Tolstoy's epic masterpiece captures with unprecedented immediacy the broad sweep of life during the Napoleonic wars and the brutal invasion of Russia. Balls ... More »

5. Waiting for the Barbarians

By J. M. Coetzee | Used Price: 70% Off

A modern classic, this early novel by Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee centers on the crisis of conscience and morality of the Magistrate-a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the "barbarians." More »

Waiting for the Barbarians

6. Catch-22

By Joseph Heller | Used Price: 70% Off

Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy ... More »

7. Darkness at Noon

By Arthur Koestler | Used Price: 80% Off

Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler's modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s. During Stalin's purges, Nicholas Rubashov, an aging revolutionary, is imprisoned and ... More »

Darkness at Noon

8. Slaughterhouse-Five

By Kurt Vonnegut | Used Price: 80% Off

Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most. More »

9. Blindness

By Jose Saramago | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers-among ... More »

The Sound and the Fury

10. The Sound and the Fury

By William Faulkner | Used Price: 90% Off

The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the corrected edition scrupulously prepared by Noel Polk, whose textual note precedes the text. David Minter’s annotations are designed to assist the reader with obscure words and allusions. "Backgrounds" begins with the appendix Faulkner wrote in 1945 and ... More »

11. The Stranger

By Albert Camus | Used Price: 70% Off

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Albert Camus’s spare, laconic masterpiece about a Frenchman who murders an Arab in Algeria is famous for having diagnosed, with a clarity almost scientific, that condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life. Possessing both the force of a ... More »

The Stranger
Invisible Cities

12. Invisible Cities

By Italo Calvino | Used Price: 70% Off

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol ... More »

13. Nausea

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Sartre's greatest novel — and existentialism's key text — now introduced by James Wood.Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogs his every feeling and sensation. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, ... More »

I, Claudius

14. I, Claudius

By Robert Graves | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A masterpiece. More »

15. The Trial

By Franz Kafka | Used Price: 70% Off

Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read ... More »

The Trial
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

16. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

By James Joyce | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Like much of James Joyce's work, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a fictional re-creation of the Irish writer's own life and early environment. The experiences of the novel's young hero, Stephen Dedalus, unfold in astonishingly vivid scenes that seem freshly recalled from life ... More »

17. Life and Fate

By Vasily Grossman | Used Price: 60% Off

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that ... More »

Life and Fate
In Search of Lost Time

18. In Search of Lost Time

By Marcel Proust

In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past (French: À la recherche du temps perdu) is a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust. His most prominent work, it is ... More »

19. Germinal

By Emile Zola | Used Price: 70% Off

Zola's masterpiece of working life, Germinal (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. By Zola's death in 1902 it had come to symbolize the call for freedom from oppression so forcefully that the crowd which gathered at his State funeral chanted "Germinal! ... More »

The Sun Also Rises

20. The Sun Also Rises

By Ernest Hemingway | Used Price: 70% Off

The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's ... More »

21. The Adventures of Augie March

By Saul Bellow | Used Price: 70% Off

“The Adventures of Augie March is the great American Novel. Search no further.” –Martin Amis As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this novel by the great Saul Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Augie, the exuberant narrator-hero is a poor Chicago boy growing up during ... More »

The Adventures of Augie March

22. Lolita

By Vladimir Nabokov | Used Price: 80% Off

When "Lolita" was first published in 1955 it created a sensation and established Nabokov as one of the most original prose writers of the twentieth century. This annotated edition, a revised and considerably expanded version of the 1970 edition, does full justice to the textual riches of "Lolita", ... More »

23. Creation

By Gore Vidal | Used Price: 90% Off

A sweeping novel of politics, war, philosophy, and adventure–in a restored edition, featuring never-before-published material from Gore Vidal’s original manuscript–Creation offers a captivating grand tour of the ancient world.Cyrus Spitama, grandson of the prophet Zoroaster and lifelong friend of Xerxes, spent most of his life as Persian ambassador ... More »


24. Middlemarch

By George Eliot | Used Price: 80% Off

This panoramic work--considered the finest novel in English by many critics--offers a complex look at English provincial life at a crucial historical moment, and, at the same time, dramatizes and explores some of the most potent myths of Victorian literature. Taking place in the years leading up ... More »

25. We

By Yevgeny Zamyatin | Used Price: 60% Off

A superb new translation of the classic dystopian novel Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor'. Recognized as the inspiration for George ... More »

Fathers and Sons

26. Fathers and Sons

By Ivan Turgenev | Used Price: 70% Off

When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith." Turgenev's masterpiece of generational conflict shocked Russian society when ... More »

27. Mrs Dalloway

By Virginia Woolf | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Virginia Woolf's novel follows a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an upper class married Englishwoman, whose inner life exists in a state of continuous tension. She is torn between the boring conventional existence she has chosen to lead, and thoughts of what might have been, ... More »

Mrs Dalloway
On the Road

28. On the Road

By Jack Kerouac | Used Price: 50% Off

The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, published as Kerouac originally composed it IN THREE WEEKS in April of 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote his first full draft of On the Road—typed as a single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper, which he later taped ... More »

29. The Naked and the Dead

By Norman Mailer | Used Price: 80% Off

Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially doe ... More »

The Naked and the Dead
The Grapes of Wrath

30. The Grapes of Wrath

By John Steinbeck | Used Price: 80% Off

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their ... More »

31. Wuthering Heights

By Emily Bronte | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Bronte, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. It was her first and only published novel: she died aged 30 the following year. The decision to publish came after the success of ... More »

Wuthering Heights

32. Nostromo

By Joseph Conrad

One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo reenacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province locked between the Andes and the Pacific. In the harbor town of Sulaco, a vivid cast of characters is caught up in a civil war to ... More »

33. The Quiet American

By Graham Greene | Used Price: 80% Off

Graham Greene's classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused," Graham Greene's narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous "Quiet American" of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. ... More »

The Quiet American
The Catcher in the Rye

34. The Catcher in the Rye

By J. D. Salinger | Under $1.00

Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories--particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor--will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in ... More »

35. The Bostonians

By Henry James | Used Price: 80% Off

‘There was nothing weak about Miss Olive, she was a fighting woman, and she would fight him to the death’ Basil Ransom, an attractive young Mississippi lawyer, is on a visit to his cousin Olive, a wealthy feminist, in Boston when he accompanies her to a ... More »

The Bostonians
A Passage to India

36. A Passage to India

By E. M. Forster | Used Price: 80% Off

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Britain’s three-hundred-year relationship with the Indian subcontinent produced much fiction of interest but only one indisputable masterpiece: E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, published in 1924, at the height of the Indian independence movement. Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of ... More »

37. Sons and Lovers

By D. H. Lawrence | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Sons and Lovers is a highly autobiographical and compelling portrayal of childhood, adolescence, and the price of family bonds. Repelled by her uneducated and sometimes violent husband, delicate Gertrude Morel devotes her life to her sons. But conflict is inevitable when Paul seeks relationships with women to escape ... More »

Sons and Lovers
A Bend in the River

38. A Bend in the River

By V. S. Naipaul | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In the "brilliant novel" (The New York Times) V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man—an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly ... More »

39. Scoop

By Evelyn Waugh | Used Price: 60% Off

Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner ... More »


40. Beloved

By Toni Morrison | Used Price: 80% Off

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, ... More »

41. Red Sorghum: A Novel of China

By Mo Yan | Under $1.00

The acclaimed novel of love and resistance during late 1930s China by Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in LiteratureSpanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of ... More »

Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
The Cairo Trilogy

42. The Cairo Trilogy

By Naguib Mahfouz | Used Price: 60% Off

 Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize—winning writer’s masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain’s occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century. The novels of The ... More »

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez | 80% Off

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical ... More »

One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Tin Drum

44. The Tin Drum

By Gunter Grass | Used Price: 80% Off

The Tin Drum, one of the great novels of the twentieth century, was published in Ralph Manheim’s outstanding translation in 1959. It became a runaway bestseller and catapulted its young author to the forefront of world literature.This fiftieth anniversary edition, translated by BreonMitchell, is more faithful to Grass’s ... More »

45. The Golden Notebook

By Doris Lessing | Used Price: 80% Off

Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she ... More »

The Golden Notebook
Madame Bovary

46. Madame Bovary

By Gustave Flaubert | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The notorious and celebrated novel that established modern realism For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate ... More »

47. The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald | Used Price: 80% Off

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers.The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel ... More »

The Great Gatsby
Lord of the Flies

48. Lord of the Flies

By William Golding | Used Price: 80% Off

The classic novel by William Golding With a new Introduction by Stephen King "To me Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable." -Stephen King ... More »

49. Lucky Jim

By Kingsley Amis | Used Price: 70% Off

Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954. This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university ... More »

Lucky Jim
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

50. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

By Muriel Spark | Used Price: 80% Off

At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls, in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods, in her attraction to the married art master, Teddy Lloyd, in her affair with ... More »

51. The Conservationist

By Nadine Gordimer | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewarsship; even the land rises up, as drought, ... More »

The Conservationist
The Book of Disquiet

52. The Book of Disquiet

By Fernando Pessoa | Used Price: 50% Off

Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology. and horoscope. When he died in 935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were ... More »

53. The Silent Cry

By Kenzaburo Oe

The Silent Cry is a novel by the Japanese author Kenzaburo Oe, first published in Japanese in 1967 and awarded the Tanizaki Prize that year. More »

The Silent Cry
Things Fall Apart

54. Things Fall Apart

By Chinua Achebe | Under $1.00

Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as ... More »

55. All Quiet on the Western Front

By Erich Maria Remarque | Price: $0.01

Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous ... More »

All Quiet on the Western Front
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

56. The Unbearable Lightness of Being

By Milan Kundera | Used Price: 80% Off

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places; brilliant ... More »

57. Midnight's Children

By Salman Rushdie | Used Price: 70% Off

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeWinner of the Booker of Bookers Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and ... More »

Midnight's Children
Oscar and Lucinda

58. Oscar and Lucinda

By Peter Carey | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in  nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a ... More »

59. The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde | Under $1.00

Since its first publication in 1890, Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has remained the subject of critical controversy. Acclaimed by some as an instructive moral tale, it has been denounced by others for its implicit immorality. After having his ... More »

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Wolf Hall

60. Wolf Hall

By Hilary Mantel | Under $1.00

WINNER OF THE 2009 MAN BOOKER PRIZEWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTIONA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to ... More »

61. My Name Is Red

By Orhan Pamuk | Used Price: 50% Off

One of the Nobel Prize winner’s best-loved novels, in a special edition featuring an introduction by the author and a chronology of Islamic and Western art history that provides additional context for this dazzling story of a murdered artist in sixteenth-century Istanbul. More »

My Name Is Red
Invisible Man

62. Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison | Used Price: 70% Off

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as ... More »

63. U.S.A. trilogy

By John Dos Passos | Used Price: 70% Off

Unique for its epic scale and panoramic social sweep, Dos Passos' masterpiece comprises three novels--"The 42nd Parallel," "1919," and "The Big Money"--which create an unforgettable collective portrait of modern America. This one-volume edition includes detailed notes and a chronicle of the world events which serve as a backdrop. More »

U.S.A. trilogy
Go Tell It on the Mountain

64. Go Tell It on the Mountain

By James Baldwin | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, ... More »

65. The Glass Bead Game

By Herman Hesse | Used Price: 80% Off

The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literatureSet in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is ... More »

The Glass Bead Game
The Road

66. The Road

By Cormac McCarthy | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

NATIONAL BESTSELLERPULITZER PRIZE WINNER National Book Critics Circle Award FinalistA New York Times Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the YearThe Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, ... More »

67. Revolutionary Road

By Richard Yates | Under $1.00

"A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic." —William StyronFrom the moment of its publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of ... More »

Revolutionary Road
Gate of the Sun

68. Gate of the Sun

By Elias Khoury | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year One of Kansas City Star's 100 Noteworthy Books of the Year A Boldtype Notable Book of the Year A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year Drawing on the stories he gathered ... More »

69. Nights at the Circus

By Angela Carter | Used Price: 80% Off

Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover Fevvers's true identity: Is she ... More »

Nights at the Circus
Portnoy's Complaint

70. Portnoy's Complaint

By Philip Roth | Used Price: 90% Off

Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's ... More »

71. Half of a Yellow Sun

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 70% Off

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, ... More »

Half of a Yellow Sun
Live and Remember

72. Live and Remember

By Valentin Rasputin | Used Price: 90% Off

First published in Russian in 1974, Live and Remember was immediately hailed by Soviet critics as a superb if atypical example of war literature and a moving depiction of the degradation and ultimate damnation of a frontline deserter. The novel tells the story of a Siberian peasant who ... More »

73. The Home and the World

By Rabindranath Tagore | Used Price: 70% Off

Set on a Bengali noble's estate in 1908, this is both a love story and a novel of political awakening. The central character, Bimala, is torn between the duties owed to her husband, Nikhil, and the demands made on her by the radical leader, Sandip. Her attempts to ... More »

The Home and the World
Under the Net

74. Under the Net

By Iris Murdoch | Under $1.00

A comic novel about work and love, wealth and fameJake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Bellfounder, silent philosopher.Jake, hack writer and sponger, now penniless flat-hunter, seeks out an old girlfriend, Anna Quentin, and her glamorous actress sister, Sadie. He resumes acquaintance with the formidable Hugo, whose ‘philosophy’ he ... More »

75. The Siege of Krishnapur

By J. G. Farrell | Used Price: 70% Off

Winner of the Booker Prize.India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last ... More »

The Siege of Krishnapur
The God of Small Things

76. The God of Small Things

By Arundhati Roy | Used Price: 80% Off

Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by ... More »

77. No One Sleeps in Alexandria

By Ibrahim Abdel Meguid | 80% Off

This sweeping novel depicts the intertwined lives of an assortment of Egyptians--Muslims and Copts, northerners and southerners, men and women--as they begin to settle in Egypt's great second city, and explores how the Second World War, starting in supposedly faraway Europe, comes crashing down on them, affecting their ... More »

No One Sleeps in Alexandria

78. Atonement

By Ian McEwan | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

National Bestseller Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose. On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old ... More »

79. The Blue Flower

By Penelope Fitzgerald | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a ... More »

The Blue Flower
That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana

80. That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana

By Carlo Emilio Gadda | Used Price: 90% Off

In a large apartment house in central Rome, two crimes are committed within a matter of days: a burglary, in which a good deal of money and precious jewels are taken, and a murder, as a young woman whose husband is out of town is found with her ... More »

81. Austerlitz

By W. G. Sebald | Used Price: 50% Off

This tenth anniversary edition of W. G. Sebald’s celebrated masterpiece includes a new Introduction by acclaimed critic James Wood. Austerlitz is the story of a man’s search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. A small child when he comes to England on a Kindertransport in the ... More »

The Woman in the Dunes

82. The Woman in the Dunes

By Kobo Abe | Used Price: 80% Off

Dazzlingly original, Kobo Abe's "The Woman in the Dunes" is one of the premier Japanese novels in the twentieth century, and this "Penguin Classics" edition contains a new introduction by David Mitchell, author of "Cloud Atlas". Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist, searches the scorching desert for beetles. As ... More »

83. Gulliver's Travels

By Jonathan Swift

This new edition of Swift's satiric classic is based on the 1726 text—the edition textual scholars now consider the most authoritative. It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. "Contexts" collects materials that influenced Swift's writing of the novel, as well as documents that suggest its initial ... More »

Gulliver's Travels
The Dream of the Red Chamber

84. The Dream of the Red Chamber

By Cao Xueqin | Used Price: 80% Off

The Story of the Stone (c.1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents' choice of ... More »

85. The Way of All Flesh

By Samuel Butler | Used Price: 90% Off

This novel is largely autobiographical, detailing the familial strife which characterized Butler's life and often figures in his work. Ernest, the novel's hero, has an unhappy schooling and little success in romance; his sadness is exacerbated by his father, Theobald Pontifex, a bullying clergyman. An unfortunate marriage makes ... More »

The Way of All Flesh
The Good Soldier

86. The Good Soldier

By Ford Madox Ford | Used Price: 70% Off

The Good Soldier is Ford Madox Ford's masterpiece, a riveting story and one of the most compelling examples of early Modernism: a virtuoso performance of how to use an "unreliable narrator." Wealthy American John Dowell tells what he calls "the saddest story," about a secret affair between his ... More »

87. Goodbye to Berlin

By Christopher Isherwood

Isherwood's classic story of Berlin in the 1930s - and the inspiration for Cabaret - now in a stand-alone edition. First published in 1934, Goodbye to Berlin has been popularized on stage and screen by Julie Harris in I Am a Camera and Liza Minelli in Cabaret. Isherwood ... More »

Goodbye to Berlin

88. Lanark

By Alasdair Gray

A modern vision of hell, Lanark is set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, and tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide range, its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability ... More »

89. Old Man Goriot

By Honore de Balzac | Used Price: 60% Off

Monsieur Goriot is one of a disparate group of lodgers at Mademe Vauquer's dingy Parisian boarding house. At first his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are mysteriously reduced he becomes shunned by those around him, and soon his only remaining visitors are his two beautifully dressed ... More »

Old Man Goriot
Hard Times

90. Hard Times

By Charles Dickens | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The 'terrible mistake' was the contemporary utilitarian philosophy, expounded in Hard Times (1854) as the Philosophy of Fact by the hard-headed disciplinarian Thomas Gradgrind. But the novel, Dickens's shortest, is more than a polemical tract for the times; the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father is ... More »

91. G.

By John Berger | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In this luminous novel -- winner of Britain's prestigious Booker Prize -- John Berger relates the story of "G.," a young man forging an energetic sexual career in Europe during the early years of this century. With profound compassion, Berger explores the hearts and minds of both men ... More »

Under the Volcano

92. Under the Volcano

By Malcolm Lowry | Used Price: 70% Off

Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, has come to Quauhnahuac, Mexico. His debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. On the most fateful day of the consul's life—the Day of the Dead, 1938—his wife, Yvonne, arrives in Quauhnahuac, inspired by a vision of life ... More »

93. Conversation in the Cathedral

By Mario Vargas Llosa | Under $1.00

A Haunting tale of power, corruption,and the complex search for identity Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odría. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who ... More »

Conversation in the Cathedral
The Blood of Others

94. The Blood of Others

By Simone de Beauvoir

The Blood of Others (French: Le Sang des autres) is a novel by the French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir first published in 1945 and depicting the lives of several characters in Paris leading ... More »

95. In Praise of Hatred

By Khaled Khalifa | Used Price: 70% Off

1980s Syria, our young narrator is living a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents in Aleppo. Her three aunts, Maryam the pious one; Safaa, the liberal; and the free-spirited Marwa, bring her up with the aid of their ever-devoted blind ... More »

In Praise of Hatred
Don Quixote

96. Don Quixote

By Miguel de Cervantes | Used Price: 80% Off

Don Quixote, originally published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, stands as Cervantes' belated but colossal literary success. A work which has achieved mythic status, it is considered to have pioneered the modern novel. Don Quixote, a poor gentleman from La Mancha, Spain, entranced by ... More »

97. Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen | Used Price: 70% Off

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society ... More »

Pride and Prejudice
Eugene Onegin

98. Eugene Onegin

By Alexander Pushkin | Under $1.00

Still the benchmark of Russian literature 175 years after its first publication—now in a marvelous new translationPushkin's incomparable poem has at its center a young Russian dandy much like Pushkin in his attitudes and habits. Eugene Onegin, bored with the triviality of everyday life, takes a trip to ... More »

99. The Ghost Road

By Pat Barker | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

 The final book in the Regeneration Trilogy, and winner of the 1995 Booker Prize   The Ghost Road is the culminating masterpiece of Pat Barker's towering World War I fiction trilogy. The time of the novel is the closing months of the ... More »

The Ghost Road
The President

100. The President

By Miguel Angel Asturias | 60% Off

Winner! Nobel Prize for Literature. Guatemalan diplomat and writer Miguel Angel Asturias (1899-1974) began this award-winning work while still a law student. It is a story of ruthless dictator and his schemes to dispose of a political adversary in an unnamed Latin American country usually identified as Guatemala. ... More »

Author: David Thomson


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