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2000s Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro Saturday Ian McEwan On Beauty Zadie Smith Slow Man J.M. Coetzee Adjunct: An Undigest Peter Manson The Sea John Banville The Red Queen Margaret Drabble The Plot Against America Philip Roth The Master Colm Tibn Vanishing Point David Markson The Lambs of London Peter Ackroyd Dining on Stones Iain Sinclair Cloud Atlas David Mitchell Drop City T. Coraghessan Boyle The Colour Rose Tremain Thursbitch Alan Garner The Light of Day Graham Swift What I Loved Siri Hustvedt The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon Islands Dan Sleigh Elizabeth Costello J.M. Coetzee London Orbital Iain Sinclair Family Matters Rohinton Mistry Fingersmith Sarah Waters The Double Jos Saramago Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer Unless Carol Shields Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami The Story of Lucy Gault William Trevor That They May Face the Rising Sun John McGahern In the Forest Edna OBrien Shroud John Banville Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides Youth J.M. Coetzee Dead Air Iain Banks Nowhere Man Aleksandar Hemon The Book of Illusions Paul Auster Gabriels Gift Hanif Kureishi

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Austerlitz W.G. Sebald Platform Michael Houellebecq Schooling Heather McGowan Atonement Ian McEwan The Corrections Jonathan Franzen Dont Move Margaret Mazzantini The Body Artist Don DeLillo Fury Salman Rushdie At Swim, Two Boys Jamie ONeill Choke Chuck Palahniuk Life of Pi Yann Martel The Feast of the Goat Mario Vargos Llosa An Obedient Father Akhil Sharma The Devil and Miss Prym Paulo Coelho Spring Flowers, Spring Frost Ismail Kadare White Teeth Zadie Smith The Heart of Redness Zakes Mda Under the Skin Michel Faber Ignorance Milan Kundera Nineteen Seventy Seven David Peace Celestial Harmonies Pter Esterhzy City of God E.L. Doctorow How the Dead Live Will Self The Human Stain Philip Roth The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood After the Quake Haruki Murakami Small Remedies Shashi Deshpande Super-Cannes J.G. Ballard House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski Blonde Joyce Carol Oates Pastoralia George Saunders 1900s Timbuktu Paul Auster The Romantics Pankaj Mishra Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson As If I Am Not There Slavenka Drakuli? Everything You Need A.L. Kennedy Fear and Trembling Amlie Nothomb The Ground Beneath Her Feet Salman Rushdie Disgrace J.M. Coetzee Sputnik Sweetheart Haruki Murakami Elementary Particles Michel Houellebecq Intimacy Hanif Kureishi Amsterdam Ian McEwan Cloudsplitter Russell Banks All Souls Day Cees Nooteboom The Talk of the Town Ardal OHanlon Tipping the Velvet Sarah Waters The Poisonwood Bible Barbara

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Kingsolver Glamorama Bret Easton Ellis Another World Pat Barker The Hours Michael Cunningham Veronika Decides to Die Paulo Coelho Mason & Dixon Thomas Pynchon The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden Great Apes Will Self Enduring Love Ian McEwan Underworld Don DeLillo Jack Maggs Peter Carey The Life of Insects Victor Pelevin American Pastoral Philip Roth The Untouchable John Banville Silk Alessandro Baricco Cocaine Nights J.G. Ballard Hallucinating Foucault Patricia Duncker Fugitive Pieces Anne Michaels The Ghost Road Pat Barker Forever a Stranger Hella Haasse Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace The Clay Machine-Gun Victor Pelevin Alias Grace Margaret Atwood The Unconsoled Kazuo Ishiguro Morvern Callar Alan Warner The Information Martin Amis The Moors Last Sigh Salman Rushdie Sabbaths Theater Philip Roth The Rings of Saturn W.G. Sebald The Reader Bernhard Schlink A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry Loves Work Gillian Rose The End of the Story Lydia Davis Mr. Vertigo Paul Auster The Folding Star Alan Hollinghurst Whatever Michel Houellebecq Land Park Kyong-ni The Master of Petersburg J.M. Coetzee The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami Pereira Declares: A Testimony Antonio Tabucchi City Sister Silver Jchym Topol How Late It Was, How Late James Kelman Captain Corellis Mandolin Louis de Bernieres Felicias Journey William Trevor Disappearance David Dabydeen The Invention of Curried Sausage Uwe Timm The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx Trainspotting Irvine Welsh Birdsong Sebastian Faulks Looking for the Possible Dance

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A.L. Kennedy Operation Shylock Philip Roth Complicity Iain Banks On Love Alain de Botton What a Carve Up! Jonathan Coe A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth The Stone Diaries Carol Shields The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides The House of Doctor Dee Peter Ackroyd The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood The Emigrants W.G. Sebald The Secret History Donna Tartt Life is a Caravanserai Emine zdamar The Discovery of Heaven Harry Mulisch A Heart So White Javier Marias Possessing the Secret of Joy Alice Walker Indigo Marina Warner The Crow Road Iain Banks Written on the Body Jeanette Winterson Jazz Toni Morrison The English Patient Michael Ondaatje Smillas Sense of Snow Peter Heg The Butcher Boy Patrick McCabe Black Water Joyce Carol Oates The Heather Blazing Colm Tibn Asphodel H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) Black Dogs Ian McEwan Hideous Kinky Esther Freud Arcadia Jim Crace Wild Swans Jung Chang American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis Times Arrow Martin Amis Mao II Don DeLillo Typical Padgett Powell Regeneration Pat Barker Downriver Iain Sinclair Seor Vivo and the Coca Lord Louis de Bernieres Wise Children Angela Carter Get Shorty Elmore Leonard Amongst Women John McGahern Vineland Thomas Pynchon Vertigo W.G. Sebald Stone Junction Jim Dodge The Music of Chance Paul Auster The Things They Carried Tim OBrien A Home at the End of the World Michael Cunningham Like Life Lorrie Moore Possession A.S. Byatt The Buddha of Suburbia Hanif Kureishi The Midnight Examiner William

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Kotzwinkle 186. A Disaffection James Kelman 187. Sexing the Cherry Jeanette Winterson 188. Moon Palace Paul Auster 189. Billy Bathgate E.L. Doctorow 190. Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro 191. The Melancholy of Resistance Lszl Krasznahorkai 192. The Temple of My Familiar Alice Walker 193. The Trick is to Keep Breathing Janice Galloway 194. The History of the Siege of Lisbon Jos Saramago 195. Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel 196. A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving 197. London Fields Martin Amis 198. The Book of Evidence John Banville 199. Cats Eye Margaret Atwood 200. Foucaults Pendulum Umberto Eco 201. The Beautiful Room is Empty Edmund White 202. Wittgensteins Mistress David Markson 203. The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie 204. The Swimming-Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst 205. Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey 206. Libra Don DeLillo 207. The Player of Games Iain M. Banks 208. Nervous Conditions Tsitsi Dangarembga 209. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul Douglas Adams 210. Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency Douglas Adams 211. The Radiant Way Margaret Drabble 212. The Afternoon of a Writer Peter Handke 213. The Black Dahlia James Ellroy 214. The Passion Jeanette Winterson 215. The Pigeon Patrick Sskind 216. The Child in Time Ian McEwan 217. Cigarettes Harry Mathews 218. The Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe 219. The New York Trilogy Paul Auster 220. Worlds End T. Coraghessan Boyle 221. Enigma of Arrival V.S. Naipaul 222. The Taebek Mountains Jo Jung-rae 223. Beloved Toni Morrison 224. Anagrams Lorrie Moore 225. Matigari Ngugi Wa Thiongo 226. Marya Joyce Carol Oates

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227. Watchmen Alan Moore & David Gibbons 228. The Old Devils Kingsley Amis 229. Lost Language of Cranes David Leavitt 230. An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro 231. Extinction Thomas Bernhard 232. Foe J.M. Coetzee 233. The Drowned and the Saved Primo Levi 234. Reasons to Live Amy Hempel 235. The Parable of the Blind Gert Hofmann 236. Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garca Mrquez 237. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson 238. The Cider House Rules John Irving 239. A Maggot John Fowles 240. Less Than Zero Bret Easton Ellis 241. Contact Carl Sagan 242. The Handmaids Tale Margaret Atwood 243. Perfume Patrick Sskind 244. Old Masters Thomas Bernhard 245. White Noise Don DeLillo 246. Queer William Burroughs 247. Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd 248. Legend David Gemmell 249. Dictionary of the Khazars Milorad Pavi? 250. The Bus Conductor Hines James Kelman 251. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis Jos Saramago 252. The Lover Marguerite Duras 253. Empire of the Sun J.G. Ballard 254. The Wasp Factory Iain Banks 255. Nights at the Circus Angela Carter 256. The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera 257. Blood and Guts in High School Kathy Acker 258. Neuromancer William Gibson 259. Flauberts Parrot Julian Barnes 260. Money: A Suicide Note Martin Amis 261. Shame Salman Rushdie 262. Worstward Ho Samuel Beckett 263. Fools of Fortune William Trevor 264. La Brava Elmore Leonard 265. Waterland Graham Swift 266. The Life and Times of Michael K J.M. Coetzee 267. The Diary of Jane Somers Doris Lessing 268. The Piano Teacher Elfriede Jelinek 269. The Sorrow of Belgium Hugo Claus 270. If Not Now, When? Primo Levi 271. A Boys Own Story Edmund White 272. The Color Purple Alice Walker 273. Wittgensteins Nephew Thomas

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Bernhard 274. A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro 275. Schindlers Ark Thomas Keneally 276. The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende 277. The Newton Letter John Banville 278. On the Black Hill Bruce Chatwin 279. Concrete Thomas Bernhard 280. The Names Don DeLillo 281. Rabbit is Rich John Updike 282. Lanark: A Life in Four Books Alasdair Gray 283. The Comfort of Strangers Ian McEwan 284. Julys People Nadine Gordimer 285. Summer in Baden-Baden Leonid Tsypkin 286. Broken April Ismail Kadare 287. Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee 288. Midnights Children Salman Rushdie 289. Rites of Passage William Golding 290. Rituals Cees Nooteboom 291. Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole 292. City Primeval Elmore Leonard 293. The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco 294. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera 295. Smileys People John Le Carr 296. Shikasta Doris Lessing 297. A Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul 298. Burgers Daughter - Nadine Gordimer 299. The Safety Net Heinrich Bll 300. If On a Winters Night a Traveler Italo Calvino 301. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 302. The Cement Garden Ian McEwan 303. The World According to Garp John Irving 304. Life: A Users Manual Georges Perec 305. The Sea, The Sea Iris Murdoch 306. The Singapore Grip J.G. Farrell 307. Yes Thomas Bernhard 308. The Virgin in the Garden A.S. Byatt 309. In the Heart of the Country J.M. Coetzee 310. The Passion of New Eve Angela Carter 311. Delta of Venus Anas Nin 312. The Shining Stephen King 313. Dispatches Michael Herr 314. Petals of Blood Ngugi Wa Thiongo 315. Song of Solomon Toni Morrison 316. The Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector 317. The Left-Handed Woman Peter

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Handke 318. Ratners Star Don DeLillo 319. The Public Burning Robert Coover 320. Interview With the Vampire Anne Rice 321. Cutter and Bone Newton Thornburg 322. Amateurs Donald Barthelme 323. Patterns of Childhood Christa Wolf 324. Autumn of the Patriarch Gabriel Garca Mrquez 325. W, or the Memory of Childhood Georges Perec 326. A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell 327. Grimus Salman Rushdie 328. The Dead Father Donald Barthelme 329. Fateless Imre Kertsz 330. Willard and His Bowling Trophies Richard Brautigan 331. High Rise J.G. Ballard 332. Humboldts Gift Saul Bellow 333. Dead Babies Martin Amis 334. Correction Thomas Bernhard 335. Ragtime E.L. Doctorow 336. The Fan Man William Kotzwinkle 337. Dusklands J.M. Coetzee 338. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Heinrich Bll 339. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carr 340. Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 341. Fear of Flying Erica Jong 342. A Question of Power Bessie Head 343. The Siege of Krishnapur J.G. Farrell 344. The Castle of Crossed Destinies Italo Calvino 345. Crash J.G. Ballard 346. The Honorary Consul Graham Greene 347. Gravitys Rainbow Thomas Pynchon 348. The Black Prince Iris Murdoch 349. Sula Toni Morrison 350. Invisible Cities Italo Calvino 351. The Breast Philip Roth 352. The Summer Book Tove Jansson 353. G John Berger 354. Surfacing Margaret Atwood 355. House Mother Normal B.S. Johnson 356. In A Free State V.S. Naipaul 357. The Book of Daniel E.L. Doctorow 358. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson 359. Group Portrait With Lady Heinrich Bll 360. The Wild Boys William Burroughs 361. Rabbit Redux John Updike 362. The Sea of Fertility Yukio Mishima

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The Drivers Seat Muriel Spark The Ogre Michael Tournier The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison Goalies Anxiety at the Penalty Kick Peter Handke I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Mercier et Camier Samuel Beckett Troubles J.G. Farrell Jahrestage Uwe Johnson The Atrocity Exhibition J.G. Ballard Tent of Miracles Jorge Amado Pricksongs and Descants Robert Coover Blind Man With a Pistol Chester Hines Slaughterhouse-five Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The French Lieutenants Woman John Fowles The Green Man Kingsley Amis Portnoys Complaint Philip Roth The Godfather Mario Puzo Ada Vladimir Nabokov Them Joyce Carol Oates A Void/Avoid Georges Perec Eva Trout Elizabeth Bowen Myra Breckinridge Gore Vidal The Nice and the Good Iris Murdoch Belle du Seigneur Albert Cohen Cancer Ward Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn The First Circle Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid Malcolm Lowry The German Lesson Siegfried Lenz In Watermelon Sugar Richard Brautigan A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines The Quest for Christa T. Christa Wolf Chocky John Wyndham The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Tom Wolfe The Cubs and Other Stories Mario Vargas Llosa One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garca Mrquez The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov Pilgrimage Dorothy Richardson The Joke Milan Kundera No Laughing Matter Angus Wilson The Third Policeman Flann OBrien A Man Asleep Georges Perec The Birds Fall Down Rebecca

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West Trawl B.S. Johnson In Cold Blood Truman Capote The Magus John Fowles The Vice-Consul Marguerite Duras Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys Giles Goat-Boy John Barth The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon Things Georges Perec The River Between Ngugi wa Thiongo August is a Wicked Month Edna OBrien God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Kurt Vonnegut Everything That Rises Must Converge Flannery OConnor The Passion According to G.H. Clarice Lispector Sometimes a Great Notion Ken Kesey Come Back, Dr. Caligari Donald Bartholme Albert Angelo B.S. Johnson Arrow of God Chinua Achebe The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein Marguerite Duras Herzog Saul Bellow V. Thomas Pynchon Cats Cradle Kurt Vonnegut The Graduate Charles Webb Manon des Sources Marcel Pagnol The Spy Who Came in from the Cold John Le Carr The Girls of Slender Means Muriel Spark Inside Mr. Enderby Anthony Burgess The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn The Collector John Fowles One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Ken Kesey A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov The Drowned World J.G. Ballard The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing Labyrinths Jorg Luis Borges Girl With Green Eyes Edna OBrien The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Giorgio Bassani Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein Franny and Zooey J.D. Salinger A Severed Head Iris Murdoch Faces in the Water Janet Frame Solaris Stanislaw Lem

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449. Cat and Mouse Gnter Grass 450. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark 451. Catch-22 Joseph Heller 452. The Violent Bear it Away Flannery OConnor 453. How It Is Samuel Beckett 454. Our Ancestors Italo Calvino 455. The Country Girls Edna OBrien 456. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 457. Rabbit, Run John Updike 458. Promise at Dawn Romain Gary 459. Cider With Rosie Laurie Lee 460. Billy Liar Keith Waterhouse 461. Naked Lunch William Burroughs 462. The Tin Drum Gnter Grass 463. Absolute Beginners Colin MacInnes 464. Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow 465. Memento Mori Muriel Spark 466. Billiards at Half-Past Nine Heinrich Bll 467. Breakfast at Tiffanys Truman Capote 468. The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 469. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring Kenzaburo Oe 470. A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute 471. The Bitter Glass Eils Dillon 472. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 473. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe 474. Mrs. Arris Goes to Paris Paul Gallico 475. Borstal Boy Brendan Behan 476. The End of the Road John Barth 477. The Once and Future King T.H. White 478. The Bell Iris Murdoch 479. Jealousy Alain Robbe-Grillet 480. Voss Patrick White 481. The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham 482. Blue Noon Georges Bataille 483. Homo Faber Max Frisch 484. On the Road Jack Kerouac 485. Pnin Vladimir Nabokov 486. Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak 487. The Wonderful O James Thurber 488. Justine Lawrence Durrell 489. Giovannis Room James Baldwin 490. The Lonely Londoners Sam Selvon 491. The Roots of Heaven Romain Gary 492. Seize the Day Saul Bellow 493. The Floating Opera John Barth 494. The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien 495. The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith 496. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 497. A World of Love Elizabeth Bowen

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498. The Trusting and the Maimed James Plunkett 499. The Quiet American Graham Greene 500. The Last Temptation of Christ Nikos Kazantzkis 501. The Recognitions William Gaddis 502. The Ragazzi Pier Paulo Pasolini 503. Bonjour Tristesse Franoise Sagan 504. Im Not Stiller Max Frisch 505. Self Condemned Wyndham Lewis 506. The Story of O Pauline Rage 507. A Ghost at Noon Alberto Moravia 508. Lord of the Flies William Golding 509. Under the Net Iris Murdoch 510. The Go-Between L.P. Hartley 511. The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler 512. The Unnamable Samuel Beckett 513. Watt Samuel Beckett 514. Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis 515. Junkie William Burroughs 516. The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow 517. Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin 518. Casino Royale Ian Fleming 519. The Judge and His Hangman Friedrich Drrenmatt 520. Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 521. The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 522. Wise Blood Flannery OConnor 523. The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson 524. Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar 525. Malone Dies Samuel Beckett 526. Day of the Triffids John Wyndham 527. Foundation Isaac Asimov 528. The Opposing Shore Julien Gracq 529. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 530. The Rebel Albert Camus 531. Molloy Samuel Beckett 532. The End of the Affair Graham Greene 533. The Abbot C Georges Bataille 534. The Labyrinth of Solitude Octavio Paz 535. The Third Man Graham Greene 536. The 13 Clocks James Thurber 537. Gormenghast Mervyn Peake 538. The Grass is Singing Doris Lessing 539. I, Robot Isaac Asimov 540. The Moon and the Bonfires Cesare Pavese 541. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played Simon Vestdijk 542. Love in a Cold Climate Nancy Mitford 543. The Case of Comrade Tulayev Victor Serge 544. The Heat of the Day Elizabeth

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Bowen 545. Kingdom of This World Alejo Carpentier 546. The Man With the Golden Arm Nelson Algren 547. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 548. All About H. Hatterr G.V. Desani 549. Disobedience Alberto Moravia 550. Death Sentence Maurice Blanchot 551. The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene 552. Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton 553. Doctor Faustus Thomas Mann 554. The Victim Saul Bellow 555. Exercises in Style Raymond Queneau 556. If This Is a Man Primo Levi 557. Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry 558. The Path to the Nest of Spiders Italo Calvino 559. The Plague Albert Camus 560. Back Henry Green 561. Titus Groan Mervyn Peake 562. The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andri? 563. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh 564. Animal Farm George Orwell 565. Cannery Row John Steinbeck 566. The Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford 567. Loving Henry Green 568. Arcanum 17 Andr Breton 569. Christ Stopped at Eboli Carlo Levi 570. The Razors Edge William Somerset Maugham 571. Transit Anna Seghers 572. Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges 573. Dangling Man Saul Bellow 574. The Little Prince Antoine de SaintExupry 575. Caught Henry Green 576. The Glass Bead Game Herman Hesse 577. Embers Sandor Marai 578. Go Down, Moses William Faulkner 579. The Outsider Albert Camus 580. In Sicily Elio Vittorini 581. The Poor Mouth Flann OBrien 582. The Living and the Dead Patrick White 583. Hangover Square Patrick Hamilton 584. Between the Acts Virginia Woolf 585. The Hamlet William Faulkner 586. Farewell My Lovely Raymond Chandler 587. For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway 588. Native Son Richard Wright 589. The Power and the Glory Graham Greene 590. The Tartar Steppe Dino Buzzati 591. Party Going Henry Green

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592. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 593. Finnegans Wake James Joyce 594. At Swim-Two-Birds Flann OBrien 595. Coming Up for Air George Orwell 596. Goodbye to Berlin Christopher Isherwood 597. Tropic of Capricorn Henry Miller 598. Good Morning, Midnight Jean Rhys 599. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler 600. After the Death of Don Juan Sylvie Townsend Warner 601. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Winifred Watson 602. Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre 603. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 604. Cause for Alarm Eric Ambler 605. Brighton Rock Graham Greene 606. U.S.A. John Dos Passos 607. Murphy Samuel Beckett 608. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 609. Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 610. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien 611. The Years Virginia Woolf 612. In Parenthesis David Jones 613. The Revenge for Love Wyndham Lewis 614. Out of Africa Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen) 615. To Have and Have Not Ernest Hemingway 616. Summer Will Show Sylvia Townsend Warner 617. Eyeless in Gaza Aldous Huxley 618. The Thinking Reed Rebecca West 619. Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 620. Keep the Aspidistra Flying George Orwell 621. Wild Harbour Ian MacPherson 622. Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner 623. At the Mountains of Madness H.P. Lovecraft 624. Nightwood Djuna Barnes 625. Independent People Halldr Laxness 626. Auto-da-F Elias Canetti 627. The Last of Mr. Norris Christopher Isherwood 628. They Shoot Horses, Dont They? Horace McCoy 629. The House in Paris Elizabeth Bowen 630. England Made Me Graham Greene 631. Burmese Days George Orwell 632. The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers 633. Threepenny Novel Bertolt Brecht 634. Novel With Cocaine M. Ageyev 635. The Postman Always Rings Twice

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James M. Cain 636. Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller 637. A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh 638. Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald 639. Thank You, Jeeves P.G. Wodehouse 640. Call it Sleep Henry Roth 641. Miss Lonelyhearts Nathanael West 642. Murder Must Advertise Dorothy L. Sayers 643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Gertrude Stein 644. Testament of Youth Vera Brittain 645. A Day Off Storm Jameson 646. The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil 647. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) Lewis Grassic Gibbon 648. Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Cline 649. Brave New World Aldous Huxley 650. Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons 651. To the North Elizabeth Bowen 652. The Thin Man Dashiell Hammett 653. The Radetzky March Joseph Roth 654. The Waves Virginia Woolf 655. The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett 656. Cakes and Ale W. Somerset Maugham 657. The Apes of God Wyndham Lewis 658. Her Privates We Frederic Manning 659. Vile Bodies Evelyn Waugh 660. The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett 661. Hebdomeros Giorgio de Chirico 662. Passing Nella Larsen 663. A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway 664. Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett 665. Living Henry Green 666. The Time of Indifference Alberto Moravia 667. All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque 668. Berlin Alexanderplatz Alfred Dblin 669. The Last September Elizabeth Bowen 670. Harriet Hume Rebecca West 671. The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 672. Les Enfants Terribles Jean Cocteau 673. Look Homeward, Angel Thomas Wolfe 674. Story of the Eye Georges Bataille 675. Orlando Virginia Woolf 676. Lady Chatterleys Lover D.H. Lawrence 677. The Well of Loneliness Radclyffe Hall 678. The Childermass Wyndham Lewis 679. Quartet Jean Rhys

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Decline and Fall Evelyn Waugh Quicksand Nella Larsen Parades End Ford Madox Ford Nadja Andr Breton Steppenwolf Herman Hesse Remembrance of Things Past Marcel Proust To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf Tarka the Otter Henry Williamson Amerika Franz Kafka The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Blindness Henry Green The Castle Franz Kafka The Good Soldier vejk Jaroslav Haek The Plumed Serpent D.H. Lawrence One, None and a Hundred Thousand Luigi Pirandello The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie The Making of Americans Gertrude Stein Manhattan Transfer John Dos Passos Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald The Counterfeiters Andr Gide The Trial Franz Kafka The Artamonov Business Maxim Gorky The Professors House Willa Cather Billy Budd, Foretopman Herman Melville The Green Hat Michael Arlen The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann We Yevgeny Zamyatin A Passage to India E.M. Forster The Devil in the Flesh Raymond Radiguet Zenos Conscience Italo Svevo Cane Jean Toomer Antic Hay Aldous Huxley Amok Stefan Zweig The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield The Enormous Room E.E. Cummings Jacobs Room Virginia Woolf Siddhartha Herman Hesse The Glimpses of the Moon Edith Wharton Life and Death of Harriett Frean May Sinclair The Last Days of Humanity Karl Kraus Aarons Rod D.H. Lawrence Babbitt Sinclair Lewis Ulysses James Joyce The Fox D.H. Lawrence

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725. Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley 726. The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton 727. Main Street Sinclair Lewis 728. Women in Love D.H. Lawrence 729. Night and Day Virginia Woolf 730. Tarr Wyndham Lewis 731. The Return of the Soldier Rebecca West 732. The Shadow Line Joseph Conrad 733. Summer Edith Wharton 734. Growth of the Soil Knut Hamsen 735. Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton 736. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce 737. Under Fire Henri Barbusse 738. Rashomon Akutagawa Ryunosuke 739. The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford 740. The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf 741. Of Human Bondage William Somerset Maugham 742. The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence 743. The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan 744. Kokoro Natsume Soseki 745. Locus Solus Raymond Roussel 746. Rosshalde Herman Hesse 747. Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs 748. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell 749. Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence 750. Death in Venice Thomas Mann 751. The Charwomans Daughter James Stephens 752. Ethan Frome Edith Wharton 753. Fantmas Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre 754. Howards End E.M. Forster 755. Impressions of Africa Raymond Roussel 756. Three Lives Gertrude Stein 757. Martin Eden Jack London 758. Strait is the Gate Andr Gide 759. Tono-Bungay H.G. Wells 760. The Inferno Henri Barbusse 761. A Room With a View E.M. Forster 762. The Iron Heel Jack London 763. The Old Wives Tale Arnold Bennett 764. The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson 765. Mother Maxim Gorky 766. The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad 767. The Jungle Upton Sinclair 768. Young Trless Robert Musil 769. The Forsyte Sage John Galsworthy 770. The House of Mirth Edith Wharton 771. Professor Unrat Heinrich Mann 772. Where Angels Fear to Tread E.M. Forster 773. Nostromo Joseph Conrad

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774. Hadrian the Seventh Frederick Rolfe 775. The Golden Bowl Henry James 776. The Ambassadors Henry James 777. The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers 778. The Immoralist Andr Gide 779. The Wings of the Dove Henry James 780. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 781. The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 782. Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann 783. Kim Rudyard Kipling 784. Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser 785. Lord Jim Joseph Conrad 1800s 786. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. Somerville and Ross 787. The Stechlin Theodore Fontane 788. The Awakening Kate Chopin 789. The Turn of the Screw Henry James 790. The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells 791. The Invisible Man H.G. Wells 792. What Maisie Knew Henry James 793. Fruits of the Earth Andr Gide 794. Dracula Bram Stoker 795. Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz 796. The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells 797. The Time Machine H.G. Wells 798. Effi Briest Theodore Fontane 799. Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy 800. The Real Charlotte Somerville and Ross 801. The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman 802. Born in Exile George Gissing 803. Diary of a Nobody George & Weedon Grossmith 804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 805. News from Nowhere William Morris 806. New Grub Street George Gissing 807. Gsta Berlings Saga Selma Lagerlf 808. Tess of the DUrbervilles Thomas Hardy 809. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 810. The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy 811. La Bte Humaine mile Zola 812. By the Open Sea August Strindberg 813. Hunger Knut Hamsun 814. The Master of Ballantrae Robert Louis Stevenson 815. Pierre and Jean Guy de Maupassant 816. Fortunata and Jacinta Benito Prez Galds

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817. The People of Hems August Strindberg 818. The Woodlanders Thomas Hardy 819. She H. Rider Haggard 820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 821. The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy 822. Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson 823. King Solomons Mines H. Rider Haggard 824. Germinal mile Zola 825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 826. Bel-Ami Guy de Maupassant 827. Marius the Epicurean Walter Pater 828. Against the Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans 829. The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy 830. A Womans Life Guy de Maupassant 831. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson 832. The House by the Medlar Tree Giovanni Verga 833. The Portrait of a Lady Henry James 834. Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert 835. Ben-Hur Lew Wallace 836. Nana mile Zola 837. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky 838. The Red Room August Strindberg 839. Return of the Native Thomas Hardy 840. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 841. Drunkard mile Zola 842. Virgin Soil Ivan Turgenev 843. Daniel Deronda George Eliot 844. The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy 845. The Temptation of Saint Anthony Gustave Flaubert 846. Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy 847. The Enchanted Wanderer Nicolai Leskov 848. Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne 849. In a Glass Darkly Sheridan Le Fanu 850. The Devils Fyodor Dostoevsky 851. Erewhon Samuel Butler 852. Spring Torrents Ivan Turgenev 853. Middlemarch George Eliot 854. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll 855. King Lear of the Steppes Ivan Turgenev

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856. He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope 857. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 858. Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert 859. Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope 860. Maldoror Comte de Lautraumont 861. The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky 862. The Moonstone Wilkie Collins 863. Little Women Louisa May Alcott 864. Thrse Raquin mile Zola 865. The Last Chronicle of Barset Anthony Trollope 866. Journey to the Centre of the Earth Jules Verne 867. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky 868. Alices Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 869. Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens 870. Uncle Silas Sheridan Le Fanu 871. Notes from the Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky 872. The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley 873. Les Misrables Victor Hugo 874. Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev 875. Silas Marner George Eliot 876. Great Expectations Charles Dickens 877. On the Eve Ivan Turgenev 878. Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope 879. The Mill on the Floss George Eliot 880. The Woman in White Wilkie Collins 881. The Marble Faun Nathaniel Hawthorne 882. Max Havelaar Multatuli 883. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 884. Oblomovka Ivan Goncharov 885. Adam Bede George Eliot 886. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 887. North and South Elizabeth Gaskell 888. Hard Times Charles Dickens 889. Walden Henry David Thoreau 890. Bleak House Charles Dickens 891. Villette Charlotte Bront 892. Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell 893. Uncle Toms Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely Harriet Beecher Stowe 894. The Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne 895. The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne 896. Moby-Dick Herman Melville 897. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 898. David Copperfield Charles Dickens 899. Shirley Charlotte Bront 900. Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell 901. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Bront 902. Wuthering Heights Emily Bront

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903. Agnes Grey Anne Bront 904. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bront 905. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray 906. The Count of Monte-Cristo Alexandre Dumas 907. La Reine Margot Alexandre Dumas 908. The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas 909. The Purloined Letter Edgar Allan Poe 910. Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens 911. The Pit and the Pendulum Edgar Allan Poe 912. Lost Illusions Honor de Balzac 913. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens 914. Dead Souls Nikolay Gogol 915. The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal 916. The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe 917. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens 918. Oliver Twist Charles Dickens 919. The Nose Nikolay Gogol 920. Le Pre Goriot Honor de Balzac 921. Eugnie Grandet Honor de Balzac 922. The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo 923. The Red and the Black Stendhal 924. The Betrothed Alessandro Manzoni 925. Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 926. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg 927. The Albigenses Charles Robert Maturin 928. Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Robert Maturin 929. The Monastery Sir Walter Scott 930. Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott 931. Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 932. Northanger Abbey Jane Austen 933. Persuasion Jane Austen 934. Ormond Maria Edgeworth 935. Rob Roy Sir Walter Scott 936. Emma Jane Austen 937. Mansfield Park Jane Austen 938. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 939. The Absentee Maria Edgeworth 940. Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen 941. Elective Affinities Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 942. Castle Rackrent Maria Edgeworth 1700s 943. Hyperion Friedrich Hlderlin 944. The Nun Denis Diderot 945. Camilla Fanny Burney 946. The Monk M.G. Lewis

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947. Wilhelm Meisters Apprenticeship Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 948. The Mysteries of Udolpho Ann Radcliffe 949. The Interesting Narrative Olaudah Equiano 950. The Adventures of Caleb Williams William Godwin 951. Justine Marquis de Sade 952. Vathek William Beckford 953. The 120 Days of Sodom Marquis de Sade 954. Cecilia Fanny Burney 955. Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau 956. Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 957. Reveries of a Solitary Walker Jean-Jacques Rousseau 958. Evelina Fanny Burney 959. The Sorrows of Young Werther Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 960. Humphrey Clinker Tobias George Smollett 961. The Man of Feeling Henry Mackenzie 962. A Sentimental Journey Laurence Sterne 963. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne 964. The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith 965. The Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole 966. mile; or, On Education Jean-Jacques Rousseau 967. Rameaus Nephew Denis Diderot 968. Julie; or, the New Eloise Jean-Jacques Rousseau 969. Rasselas Samuel Johnson 970. Candide Voltaire 971. The Female Quixote Charlotte Lennox 972. Amelia Henry Fielding 973. Peregrine Pickle Tobias George Smollett 974. Fanny Hill John Cleland 975. Tom Jones Henry Fielding 976. Roderick Random Tobias George Smollett 977. Clarissa Samuel Richardson 978. Pamela Samuel Richardson 979. Jacques the Fatalist Denis Diderot 980. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift 981. Joseph Andrews Henry Fielding 982. A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift 983. Gullivers Travels Jonathan Swift 984. Roxana Daniel Defoe 985. Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe 986. Love in Excess Eliza Haywood 987. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe 988. A Tale of a Tub Jonathan Swift

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Pre-1700 989. Oroonoko Aphra Behn 990. The Princess of Clves MarieMadelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette 991. The Pilgrims Progress John Bunyan 992. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 993. The Unfortunate Traveller Thomas Nashe 994. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit John Lyly 995. Gargantua and Pantagruel Franoise Rabelais 996. The Thousand and One Nights Anonymous 997. The Golden Ass Lucius Apuleius 998. Aithiopika Heliodorus 999. Chaireas and Kallirhoe Chariton 1000. Metamorphoses Ovid 1001. Aesops Fables Aesopus Author Comments: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die: A Comprehensive Reference Source, Chronicling the History of the Novel Preface by Peter Ackroyd, General Editor Peter Boxall ISBN 1-84403-417-8 Editor's note: This list has become a spam honey pot. I set the comments to "Read only" for an indefinite period to break the cycle - jw
n2lect2el 02/15/2006

Cool. Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to see what else is on the list.

Slothrop33 02/15/2006

This book is not even out yet; how do you know what is in it?? It looks great!

ukaunz 02/16/2006

It showed up on the "new releases" shelf at my local library, I don't know if they somehow got an advanced copy or something? Beats me!

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ukaunz 02/16/2006

I should be finished soon... probably next week. Hope you can wait until then!

queneau 11/08/2006

By any chance has anyone got the dates of publication for all the books on this list? Or the decade if not the actual date?

regius1000 06/19/2008

Do you read " Do Not Kiss Isabel by Sergiu Somesan" ?

lbangs 02/24/2006

Wow! A thousand thanks for taking the time to type and to post this. I've ordered the book, but it does not arrive in America until early March, so this makes for a tasty appetizer! Thanks! Shalom, y'all! L. Bangs

ukaunz 02/24/2006

No problems. BTW, if anyone spots a typo, please let me know so I can fix it!

alyxstarr 02/24/2006

I've only spotted two: U.S.A. Dos Passos should be U.S.A. - John Dos Passos Emina - Jane Austen should be Emma Jane Austen (I'm guessing) Great job, and thanks!

ukaunz 02/27/2006

Hi alyxstarr, thanks for the heads up. It

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should definitely be Emma by Jane Austen, not sure how I managed to type Emina. John Dos Passos was listed as Dos Passos (twice) in the book "1001 Books You Must Read...", so that's how I typed it up, but it seems strange not to give the author's full name. Anyway, they've both been fixed!

MaxCastle 02/24/2006

I've been meaning to type this list up for weeks; I'm really grateful that you've saved me the trouble. :) Only spotted a couple of typos: it should be Finnegans Wake (no apostrophe); Jeckyll and Hyde should be Jekyll and Hyde; and Momento Mori should be Memento Mori.

ukaunz 02/27/2006

Thanks MaxCastle, have fixed those typos you spotted.

rleigh 04/20/2007

Shouldn't it be The Stranger by Albert Camus?

n2lect2el 02/24/2006

Thanks so much for typing this in--it's just the kind of thing that I live for.

n2lect2el 02/24/2006

Other typos: When I made my checklist of the ones I'd read, I changed Joyce Carol Oates' them to Them (with a capital T) and Burroughs' The Naked Lunch to Naked Lunch (without the the).

ukaunz 02/27/2006

I think that's how they were listed in the book, so that's how I typed it. It actually

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states in the "1001 Books..." that "them" was published with no capital T, but I've changed it to Them as it looks strange being the only one not capitalised. I looked up The Naked Lunch and you're right, so I changed that one too. Thanks!

reign_heir 07/06/2006

I believe "Slaughterhouse Five" should be listed as "Slaughterhouse-five" Also, "childhood" should be capitalized in "W, or the Memory of Childhood" Should "Kidnapped" be "Kidnapped!"

EdmondDantes 03/24/2008

"Kidnapped!" is correct, but "Slaughterhouse-Five" can be spelled either way, to the best of my understanding.

puR 07/08/2006

No Dante? For what reason?

gavroche 08/16/2006

Probably because Dante's books were written as epic poetry? And this list focuses on novels.

gemorgan 12/02/2006

Well then what the frick, cuz Ovid's Metamorphoses is definitely NOT a novel. How does that qualify for this list and not others in poetic format such as Dante's Divine Comedy; or for that matter, Homer's works, or John Milton's Paradise Lost, or Virgil's The Aeneid?? All of these are much more worthy of being read than 90 percent of the others . . . I just don't see how they can be excluded if Ovid makes the cut.

Caelica 07/19/2007

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Seriously. What about Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser, Virgil, Boccaccio, Langland, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory, etc. etc. etc.

tbsdy 01/26/2008

It's 1001 books you must read before you die. Not 100,001 books you must read before you die. And the general editor, Peter Boxall, wrote that "the final list, including all the novels that one must read and excluding all the ones that it is safe to leave unread, could of course never be drawn up... [nevertheless] at the same time, the limits that the number upon me are cruel and narrow. One thousand and one is after all such a small number, given the extent of the subject matter."

rjb 06/12/2008

I'm sorry, but I will eat my own pancreas with a vichyssoise fork before I admit that "Interview with a Vampire" is more worthy of appearance on this poxy list than the "Canterbury Tales" or the "Decameron". And I'm sure Jeanette Winterson thinks she's better than Homer, but I respectfully disagree.

chamuda 06/17/2008

Thank you! You made me laugh so hard I think I've dislodged my own pancreas! kudos to you!

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HMoseley 06/21/2008

People need to know this is basically a list of prose novels. I realize that Ovid and perhaps a handful of others on the list wrote in verse. I don't know why the list compiler chose to include Ovid and not Homer, but there you go. In any list, there are contradictions.

luney4tunes88 09/22/2010

shakespeare didn't write books. he wrote plays.

misscurly 12/12/2007

Isn't Beowulf also a poem? It's in there

davidm82 07/28/2006

Thomas Keneally wrote Schindler's List, not Schindler's Ark

gavroche 08/16/2006

Stephen Spielberg directed the movie, Schindler's List, which was based on the book, Schindler's Ark, by Thomas Keneally. It is certainly probable that editions of the book were published after the movie with the titlechange.

misscurly 12/12/2007

You can find the book under both titles. I think the notes on that one says something about in Europe it's called one thing, and in North America the other. A couple of novels are like that. A Picture/Portrait of Dorian Grey/Gray is another example from the top of my head

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tbsdy 01/26/2008

Not true. It was originally published as Schindler's Ark.

MelissaJane 08/29/2006

"Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely" should be "Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly."

annabanana 09/03/2006

on a related theme, a mate of mine put the contents of the book "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" on Excel; the beauty of it being that you can add columns for your friends, and then run it so you can see whose seen the most, who hasn't seen essential films, and lots of other slightly-geeky fun! does anyone want a copy? not sure if there's a way i could go about attaching it here.

ukaunz 09/04/2006

I'd be interested in that. Check my profile for my email address and send it to me if the offer is still good :)

MauroFilicor 05/23/2008

I would love to have one! Mauro email:

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bertie 09/04/2006

I bought this book recently and in my opinion the editors have made a huge mistake. This is too much a list of great novelists and too little a list of great novels. What I mean is that they have included too many second-rated works by authors of great novels and omitted a lot of great novels by unmentioned novelists. Some authors are grossly over-represented - J.G. Ballard, for example, has seven novels listed.

ukaunz 09/05/2006

I did actually notice that some authors seemed to have their entire catalogue listed, which in a way is a waste of space on a list like this!

Angie 10/12/2006

Mmmmmm, too many anglos, what about Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Cervantes, ... ?

jobman2u 10/20/2006

As usual with any list there is going to be furious debate on the inclusions and exclusions.

MissWatusi 10/21/2006

I didn't notice any E.F. Benson of the Queen Lucia fame. He rocks. Hope this helps.

petia 10/25/2006

I agree that thios list is kinda biased. A lot of good writers are left out. =))) Probably the critics never even read them. What a shame!

tbsdy 01/26/2008

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Wow, that's making a massive assumption Petia. In actual fact, that book was compiled by Peter Boxall, but reviewed by over 70 contributors, all experts in their field. I suspect that Mr Boxall has read far more widely than 1001 books - after all, he needed to select from a vast pool of existing literature. Ergo sum he has read far more than 1001 novels. I'm assuming that he had the opposite problem: he had to work out what to leave out of the list and what to keep in. The list is, in point of fact, a vast survey of the novel from 4 BCE to 2005. I think a far more interesting question is: what books would he have had to have cut to have included other books you believe should be in the list?

tbsdy 01/26/2008

Cervantes is in the list.

bgfentif61 09/29/2011

Gabriel Garcia Marquez IS included: Love in the Time of Cholera, Autumn of the Patriarch and One Hundred Years of Solitude But I miss Ismail Kadare ;) best regards, produktproben

chrissy157 10/12/2011

That is true.

NateD 10/24/2006

I know it's easy to nitpick such a list, but c'mon ... where's Bernard Malamud?? (The Fixer should not be forgotten.) Where's Mailer?? (The Naked and the Dead: Best WWII novel.) Where's James Jones?? (From Here to Eternity: 2nd best WWII novel.) Only one Mark Twain? Only one Jack Kerouac? I know that Jack doesn't have much literary respect, but he's darn sure superior to Elmore Leonard (3 entries) and all those Hitchhiker's Guide sequels.

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Ah, but plenty of the likes of Ian McEwan and J.M. Coetzee and Martin Amis. I mean, they're good and all, but ... Although I will say that I'm impressed with the boldness of listing Stephen King in such company.

plbeard 05/24/2008

Norman Mailer, yes--one of the major novelists in any language in the second half of the 20th century. Why five examples of Toni Morrison, four of J.C. Oates, three of Updike, and zero of Mailer? Very odd. I'd go against the grain of the popularity of his first novel and suggest The Deer Park (1955) and The Executioner's Song (1979).

petia 10/25/2006

Hey guys, The name of the author of the book #73 in the list is Slavenka Drakulic.

asper 10/25/2006

no 'voyage au bout de la nuit' ?? no one Celine's ?? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..............

scrawlspacer 10/05/2007

See #648.

JEK 11/04/2006

Did I miss it or is 1984 missing from this list?JEK

alpy 03/06/2007

on 547 nineteen Eighty-four

feigningintr 04/10/2009

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It's not on the list, and I'm SHOCKED. One of the greatest books ever written.

french20 03/24/2011

Why is it not in the list? I`m SHOCKED, too. I have bought this book las yeahr. I like this book.

corry000 11/28/2006

Does anyone happen to have this list in Excel format?

Arukiyomi 10/25/2007

you can download the automated spreadsheet for recording progress with these books at Arukiyomi's blog

kihaku 12/06/2006

can anyone list out about 100 books out of these 1001. jst to make sure we get hold of the best of the best.

kihaku 12/06/2006

ukaunz, is there any way you can list out around 100 out of 1001....from 1800's2000..just to make sure i get hold of the best of the best.

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tbsdy 01/26/2008

The problem you have there is that the task at hand is subjective. If we picked out 100 books, you might have missed 100 amazing books in the meantime. Personally, I recommend that you read Crime and Punishment, Les Miserables, To Kill and Mockingbird and War and Peace. Cannot bring myself to read any of Satre's novels - far too base, and even criminal. Neither can I bring myself to read American Psycho.

windykitten 05/13/2009

they are "criminal"?? wtf. "far too base" please... I mean you can think whatever you want about it, but use some adjectives that make sense.

JANUVA 04/03/2007

Hey, you are very English-written-novelssided. You are forgetting one of the best books ever written: El tnel (the tunnel) by the Argentine genius Ernesto Sabato. A must read! Greetings from Costa Rica!

misscurly 09/30/2007

The person who posted this list didn't create it; it is actually taken from a published book. THe book is really interesting; it explains why each selection is important to read, without giving away the plot. Also, this isn't an English-only list. I would say about half of the selections are not originally English; off the top of my head I know there are many of the major Russian, German and French novels listed, and I'm sure there are also major selections from other languages and countries.

costas 04/03/2007

A Publisher from Greece (Kastaniotis)

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claims that one of their books is listed in this book. The title of the book is "The Dog's Mother" and the writer Pavlos (or Paul) Matessis. I don't see it in the list. Why so? (Answer to Costas Armeftis)

tbsdy 01/26/2008

I own this book, and "The Dog's Mother" is not on the list. Neither is Pavlos Matessis. He did win the 2002 Giuseppe Acerbi Literary Prize for this novel, however.

jwasilewsky 04/24/2007

1984 is listed as number 547, George Orwell. Instead of numerically the numbers are written out in words. It was required high school reading, and okay. Perhaps I should revisit it now as an adult.

Catalyst 04/26/2007

Mm, you should. I love that book, but I pretty much love any novel that even hints at being about a dystopian society. I've read 1.69% of the list. Makes me feel like I need to read much, much more.

Goodbar 08/10/2007

Greetings all, just registered and looking for inspiration as I'm about to purchase my chunk of "Holiday Fiction" - I've rented a small farmhouse in a small village named Poix de Picardie, just East of Amiens in Northern France. I think it fitting that I loose myself in a WW1, or WW2 story. I've read Songbird and thought it was class. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Merci!

meisa_pastel 09/10/2007

There's no one book that comes from Indonesian writer. I think Pramoedya Ananta Toer has many wonderful books known as "The Buru of quartet". Because of those books, he had ever become one of

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candidates accepting international nobel. It has translated in many languages. It's international works.

cbutler1467 05/24/2008

I think the comments to this list are as interesting as the list itself. I just requested the first book in the Buru Quartet from my local library. Didn't find E.M.Forster's "Passage to India" on the list - it's on my Top 10. Also, is there a copy of the list in alphabetical order by author? CButler

not-just-yet 05/25/2008

FWIW, "Passage to India" is at #708. I made the sorted list for you; once it passes the moderator it should be at /content_show.cfm/content_id.34082 (with name "1001 books you must read before you die, alphabetical by author")

jakewrites 10/03/2007

thank you--very useful to have this list in digital form, although I also own and use the book one typo that might be corrected: the author of 'Blind Man with a Pistol' is Chester Himes, not Hines

misscurly 12/12/2007

Is everyone advocating for their own country's writers in these discussions?

revcaro 03/01/2008

Please, The Forsyte SagA by John Galsworthy....not "Sage"


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Possible typo: Isn't "The Count of MonteCristo" supposed to be "The Count of Monte Cristo"? Probable it's both ways.

montin 03/27/2008

I have bought the book and use the list a lot. I have seen the edition in French and it has a different choice, with more authors from around the world (including many mentioned by other discussions). I have compiled (from the French edition) in Excel about 200 additional titles not on this list (Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, etc.). If anyone is interested, we could share.

xaulo 05/14/2008

Im really interested! can you send it to my mail or post it? Thanks!

ktmceneaney 05/23/2008

Some random recommendations: Tale of Genji, the very first novel and perhaps the greatest ever written. Shusako Endo, Deep River and Scandal Toer, Prameodya Ananta, The Buru Quartet Dasi, Osamu,No Longer Human Prose, Francine, The Peaceable Kingdom Booth, Alan, The Roads to Sata Fergusson, Will, Hokkaido Highway Blues Coover, Robert , Briar Rose Higgins, Aidan, Balcony of Europe Wall, Mervyn, Leaves for the Burning Lavin, Mary, Selected Stories O'Connor, Frank, Collected Stories Richards, Alun, Selected Stories Powys, John Cooper, Autobiography and Weymouth Sands Ilf and Petrov, The Twelve Chairs Himes, Chester, The Quality of Hurt Denby, David, The Catacombs Reed, Ishmael, The Free-Lance Pallbearers and The Terrible Twos McClanahan, Ed, Famous People I Have Known Leskov, Nikolai, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Tynyanov, Yuri, Lieutenant Kije Shukshin, Vasily, Stories from a Siberian Village Dovlatov, Sergi, The Suitcase and Ours

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Murphy, Delia, Eight Feet in the Andes Moore, Tim, Continental Drifter Carter, Angela, The Bloody Chamber Androvic, Ivo, Bridge on the Drina Tully, Jim, Beggars of Life The Journey to the West Mo Yan, The Republic of Wine Zola, Emile, The Earth and The Abbe Moure's Sin Dick, Philip K, The Laughing Policeman Cather, Willa, My Antonia Sommerville and Ross, The Real Charlotte Saroyan,Wiiliam, Not Dying Klima, Ivan, Love and Garbage Steiner,George, After Babel Moore, Geroge, Hail and Farewell Watson, Ian, Chekhov's Journey Jen, Gish, Mona in the Promised Land Kerouac, Jack, The Dharma Bums and Orpheus Remembered Ha Jin, Ocean of Words Abbey, Edward, The Monkey Wrench Gang Voinovitch, Vladimir, The Extraorianry life and Adventures of Private Chonkin Moore, Brain, An Answer from Limbo Becett, Three Novels O'Brian, Flann, The Third Policeman Kavanagh, Patrick, The Green Fool O'Flaherty, Liam, The Black Soil Least-Heat Moon, Blue Highways Bowen, Elizabeth, The Last September Rhys, Jean, Collected Short Stories Freeling,Nicholas, Love in Amsterdam McGahern, John, Collected Stories Kadohata, Cynthia, The Floating World Shen Congwen, Imperfect Paradise Kenzaburo Oe, A Personal Matter Oda Sakunosuke, Stories of Osaka Life Kamata, Suzanne, The Broken Bidge Davidson, Cathy, 36 Views of Mount Fuji Hong Ying, Daughter of the River Hessler, Peter, River Town Guanlong Cao, The Attic O'Brien, Kate, Mary Lavelle Houellebecq, Michael, The Elementary Particles Keneally, Thomas, To Asmara Burgess, Anthony, The Doctor is Sick Martinson, Harry, Aniara MacGill, Children of the Dead End and Lanty Hanlon Gorky, Maxim, My Childhood Masuji Ibuse, Black Rain du Maurier, Daphne, The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte Bodenheim, Maxwell, Replenishing Jessica Hamill, Pete, Loving Women Constant, Benjamin, Adolphe Altick, Richard, The Scholar Adventurers Collins, James, Sixpence House

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Pessoa, Fernando, The Book of Disquietude Thomson, David, Woodbrook Fletcher, Martin, Almost Heaven Howells, Wiliam, The Rise of Silas Lapham Twain, Mark, The Guilded Age Dos Passoss, Three Soldiers Bulgakov, Mikail, The Master and the Margaritta Simon, Claude, The Road to Flanders Graves, Robert, Count Belisarius Stuart, Francis, Black List Section H Berrigan, Daniel, To Dwell in Peace Clarke, Austin, A Penny in the Clouds Poers, J. F., Collected Stories Berberova, Nina, The Italics are Mine Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope Cao Xingjian, Soul Mountain Rushby, Kevin, Eating the Flowers of Paradise Kennedy, William, Quinn's Book and Roscoe Rexroth, Kenneth, An Autobiographical Novel Lenz, Sigfreid, Selected Stories Jackson, Kenneth, Invisible Forms Hubbell, Susan, A Country Year Dilliard, Annie, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Bierce, Ambrose, In the Midst of War Briusov, Valerii, The Fiery Angel Pelevin, Victor, Homo Zapiens Shalamov, Varlam, Kolyma Taels Zinoviev, Aleksandr,The Yawning Heights Zoshchenko, Mikhail, Collected Stories Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle These are all great reads. I suppose I could go on, but I've got to get back to the book I'm writing.

silvia 08/21/2008

Well, I'm Italian and I'd want to know why Dante's "Divina Commedia", "Ludovico Ariosto's works, "I Promessi Sposi" by Alessandro Manzoni and other important Italian authors are not in the list, but Luigi Pirandello and Italo Calvino...

raktabhmahes 10/11/2008

Please tell me how do you find these reads (they comprise a few Indian wriitngs too!): Category

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Book Author Management M1 Marketing Management Bowdy and Peter M2 Financial Management (i) Khan & Jain (ii) T.M. Pandey M3 Management of Information Systems Griffin M4 Management M5 Mathematics for Business Studies Dr. J.K.Thukral M6 You Inc. Hedges M7 Iacocca An Autobiography Lee Iacocca M8 Straight from the Gut Jack Welch M9 Knowledge Management Strategies Microsoft M10 Business making skills Simon M11 Architect of Quality Juran M12 Management Peter Drucker English Literature E1 Atlas shrugged Ayn Rand E2 Fountainhead Ayn Rand E3 Eools Die Maria Puzo E4 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown E5 Half a Life V.S. Naipaul E6 Harry Potter (a) and the order of phoenix (b) and the chamber of secrets J.K. Rowling (c) and the prisoner of Azbakan E7 Five point Someone Chetan Bhagat E8 Goddess of small things Arundhati Roy E9 To Sir, with love E.H.Braithwaite E10 David Copperfield E11 Great Expectations Charles Dickens E12 Oliver Twist E13 Tale of Two Cities E14 Lord of the flies William Golding E15 Haiku for lovers Manu Bazzane E15 The Canterbury Tales Chaucer E16 The Beloved Anarchist by P.R Taikad E17 She Rider Hoggard E18 The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy E19 For from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy E20 The Trumpet Major Thomas Hardy E21 One Hundred Years of solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez. E23 Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence E24 Mother Maxim Gorky E25 The Artamanovs Maxim Gorky E26 Dead souls Maxim Gorky E27 Anna Karenina Vol 1 & 2 Count Lev Tolstoy E28 Notes from the Underground House Dostoyevski E29 Short Stories Chekov

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E30 Lady Windermeres Fan Oscar Wilde E31 Death of Dr. Faustus Christopher Marlowe E32 Short Novels & Stories Anton Chekov E33 Gone with the Wind Margeret Mitchelle E34 Pygmalion G.B. Shaw E36 Candida G.B. Shaw E37 Decline and Fall of Roman Empire Gibbon E38 Uneasy Money P.G. Woodehouse E39 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte E40 Silas Marner George Eliot E41 A Circle in Time Jean Walton E42 The Portrait of a Crack V. Finnel E43 Poetry Thomas Gunn E44 Selected Essays Steven Rawlinson E45 The Great Remakes of Nature J.V.Michurina E46 Lifes Handicap Rudyard Kipling E47 Wings of Death Toyoll E48 Stories Mikhail Sholokes E49 The Devils Alternative Fredrick Forsyth E50 Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne E51 Zamindar V. Fitzegerald E52 Fathers & Sons Ivan Turgenev E53 A nest of the Gentry Ivan Turgenev E54 Henry IV Part I William Shakespeare E55 The lovely Bones Alice Sebold E55 The American Leslie Walter E56 Rising Tides Nora Roberts E57 Middle March George Eliot E58 The seventh secret Truing Wallace E59 The Fire and Rain Girish Karnad E60 The Fall Make Richard Gordon E61 A stranger in the Mirror Sidney Sheldon E62 The Prodigal Daughter Jeffery Archer E63 The City of Joy Dominique Lapierre E64 The Diary of a young Girl Anne Frank E65 Adam Bede George Eliot E66 When Eight Bells Toll Alistair Maclean E67 The Idiot Fyoder Dostoyesky E68 The Winters Tale William Shakespeare Polity and Sociology PS1 The Poverty of Philosphy Karl Marx PS2 Articles and Speeches PS3 About Lenin Lenin PS4 On Imperialism & Imperialists 2 PS5 Selected works 1 & 2 PS6 Down Pages from a Life of Struggle Yuri Akestine PS7 The British Cooperative Movement Jack Bailey

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PS8 My Experiment with truth M.K. Gandhi PS9 When freedom is menaced Lal Bahadur Shashtri PS11 Geopolitical Relations & Regional Cooperation Dr. K. Gopal PS12 H.P.S. Menon A Tribute by (Edited) Menon PS15 Six Essays in Cooperative Sociology Andre Beteille PS16 The USSR and Developing Countries Progress Publishers PS17 The Glowing legend of Sri Syed S. Ziaurahman PS18 Society and the Environment of a Soviet PS19 Nations Rise and Fall Why. PS20 A short History of the world H. G. Wells PS20 Socialist Bulgaria PS21 Selected Works 1 & 2 Marx & Engels PS22 The Road to Communism PS23 The Children who sleep by the River Debbie Taylor PS24 The Making of Indias Foreign Policy J. Bandhhopadhaya PS25 The International working class movement PS26 Ireland and the Irish Question Marx and Engels PS27 Maxim Gorky PS31 The first Indian war of Independence Marx & Engels PS32 Marshal of the Soviet Union G. Zhukov PS34 Das Capital Karl Marx PS35 Communist Manifest Karl Marx PS36 Indian Constitution D.D. Basu PS37 History Romilla Thaper Economy, Psychology, Philosophy and others MISC1Macro Economics Dhingra MISC2When you sell that counts Donald L. Cossidy MISC3Making money on the stock market S.S.Graubl MISC4A Manual of foreign exchange Pither MISC5Indian Economy survey MISC6The interpretation of dreams Sigmund Freud MISC7Im OK Youre OK Thomas A. Harris M.D. MISC8Over the Top Zig Ziglar MISC9Get set go Swati-Shailesh Lodha MISC14Science of self realization MISC17The secret of Janmyoga MISC18Thus spoke Zarathustra Frederick Nietzsche MISC19The way of Power Sohan Blifield MISC21Rise of the modern West

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Minakshi Phukan MISC22Workbook of History. MISC31The Third Eye T. Lobsang Rampa MISC32The Yoga of a Yogi T. Krishnamacharya MISC33Science, Religion and Peace S.N. Prasad, Suman Shukla MISC34India-Vietnam Relations Ganesh Sharma MISC35Corporate laws and Social practice G. K. Kapoor MISC36The Universal History of Numbers Georges Ifrah MISC37The Evolution of Khasi Music Lakynshai Syiem MISC38Let us Create a New India in the 21st century M. Ganeshan MISC39Nationalist Movement in South India M.S.R. Anjaneyuvulu MISC40Powerful Media Words K. Khaja Mohideen MISC41J. Krishnamurthy demystified Kalidas Joshi MISC42Stars speak Fortune in our hands K.S. Mangesh Kumar MISC43The Everyday Politics of Labour Geert De Neve MISC44Social Democracy in Practice MISC45Socialist International Pradip Bose MISC46Beyond Shirdi K. Venkataraman MISC47Buddhist Centers of Orissa B. Bandhopadhyay MISC48What happens to Gods and demons H. N. Verma MISC49Cultural Tourism Management Vishwas Mehta MISC50Walking the Tightrope Rehana Ahmed MISC51The Great Mortality John Kelly MISC52The lost dreams Mohd. Salim MISC53Nobel Prize Winners in Pictures1901-2003 MISC54The Rama Saga P. K. Pandeya MISC52Essentials of Buddhism and Jainism K. N. Neelkandan MISC53Identity and Image Management Rajendra Ghuje MISC54Promising Professions Mamta Ghuje MISC55Brand-wise Leveraging People MISC56To Build Powerful Brands Jyothi Menon MISC57Advanced Accounting V. K. Saxena MISC58Mahashwetha Sudha Murthy MISC59Majority People's Right for MISC60Preferential Participation Jawahar Nessan MISC61Cancer Made me Kasthuri Sreenivasan

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MISC62Forget Kathmandu- An Entry for Democracy Manjushree Thapa MISC63Folklore, Public Sphere and Civil Society M.D. Muthukumarswamy, Molly Kaushal MISC64Energizing Rural Development through Panchayats Bibek Debray, P.D. Kaushik MISC65Without a Second Sheela Balaji MISC66Dalits, Land and Dignity V. B. Rawat MISC67Prevention of Blindness T. Selvaraju MISC68I want my son back Uma Eyyunni MISC69Understanding Islam Frithjof Schuon MISC70A matter of taste Nilanjan S. Roy MISC71Dreams and their interpretation made easy Dr. Francis Menezes MISC72India and Japan- Blossoming a new understanding Rajaram Panda, Yoo Fukuzawa MISC73The 8th Habit: From effectiveness to greatness Stephen R. Covey MISC74The Marketing White Book 2003-2004 Businessworld MISC75The Intelligent Investors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd

Bookworm9 10/19/2008

I prefer this list of yours. The grand list posted seemed to be lacking.

Amonavis 12/08/2008

Really? That many economics and management books? This list IS lacking, but at least it attempts to pinpoint books that speak about something larger than just getting ahead in the corporate world. When someone in his old age is nearing death I doubt he's going to think "Oh, I wish I had read 'Management of Information Systems'" or "I'd better read another economics textbook." I agree with some of your other picks and like your inclusion of books from outside the Western world, but The Da Vinci Code and Atlas Shrugged...don't really have a whole lot of substance. Especially the Da Vinci Code. In a few years no one will be talking about this book anymore because the characters

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are two-dimensional and the plot is ridiculous. As for Atlas Shrugged, people will probably be talking about this for a long time. But that is not to say that it is a good book. Ayn Rand writes bad prose--a fact which should alone exclude her from the list--but her philosophy is annoyingly preachy and sophomoric. Unfortunately most people feel the need to trudge through her ridiculously long books and make believe they LIKE her vile philosophy in order to come off as an intellectual. I once did too. But most real intellectuals (those that are universityaffiliated) dismiss her novels and philosophy.

peppery 05/24/2008

I would welcome a copy of your list. How can we go about this?

pharden4240@ 05/25/2008

i'm only trying to get a copy of the list

peppery 05/24/2008

If your list is still available, I would love to have it. Can you send it to me? Thanks!

lwallace73 05/24/2008

Montin-I'd like to see your French edition list in Excel. Thanks

montin 06/23/2008

My list is on-line at /documents/ And is called liste 1001 franais.xls Under construction, watch that space !

shadygrove 05/23/2008

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All 6 Jane Austens seems a little slavish. Leaving off Northanger Abbey would leave room for another worthy book. No Barbara Pym? Even if you think novels have to be about anomie and dreariness, it might be helpful in sorting them out, to have an idea of their oppsite. And if they had to scrape up poetry, fables & whatever to have any list at all for pre-1700, why leave out Tale of Genji?

dm10003 05/23/2008

let's remember it reflects a british literary taste. waterstone, an english bookstore, put out a list of the best fiction of the century in 2000 and it included some odd and unfamilar stuff. "crome yellow" by huxley never gets mentioned in the states and it was the best book of it's publishing year. an american version would be at least 30% different i'd bet.

Slothrop33 05/23/2008

Your list is linked to a NYTimes article today!

karasik 05/23/2008

Nothing by Louise Erdrich? Are you kidding?

freic39 05/24/2008

I'm pleased to see many of my favorites but was hoping to see the Nobel Prize Winner Sigrid Undseth for her wonderful trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter.

beatriz 05/24/2008

More typos: Under "The Princess of Clves," "MadelAine" should be "MadelEine"; FranoisE Rabelais should be Franois (he was not a woman). Sorry to be picky but if people actually go looking for these authors, they should have the correct spelling handy.

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jenner 05/25/2008

Any good librarian would help anyone find an author if it's just a matter of an "a" v. an "e" or an accent mark. I wouldn't worry so much about it.

lukemw 05/26/2008

one big issue with the list: why is beowulf not included?

rjb 06/12/2008

And not just Beowulf! Why are only 13 books written before 1700 included in the list? Are we to assume that the entire period between the invention of writing and the birth of Aphra Behn were a mere waste of labour? Fie! Where are Chaucer, Dante, and Bocaccio? Where Homer and Aeschylus? Where Gilgamesh? Where Shakespeare? Where the Bible? This whole exercise is so mind-bogglingly stupid that it makes me want to fling my computer out the window in speechless rage.

Gaspard 06/14/2008

The idea of a list is fine but why then leave out George Bernard Shaw or Tanizaki ? You could have done Great Detective stories or All-fiction or had a documentary section. Does anybody out there have the courage to do a Great Authors list and just give one or two names of books ? In that cas I would love to see it and find out what i've missed. The idea of one or two names of books is just so as to sound intelligent in the bookshop. Thanks in advance

HMoseley 06/25/2008

Why leave out George Bernard Shaw? Apparently, Shaw was omitted because drama was omitted. Shaw wrote plays. Note the absence of Shakespeare, O'Neill, Ibsen, Tennessee

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Williams, Durrenmatt, and other major dramatists.

trionon 07/14/2008

some seriously odd omissions....for instance why is "Mother" by Gorky so significant but no mention of his epic "Life of Klim Samgin"? Where is Pushkin's "Evgeny Onegin" for that matter, other acclaimed past and modern Russian (and Soviet) works such as Ilf & Petrov's "12 Chairs" and "Little Golden Calf", Ludmila Ulitskaya's "Kukotsky's Case" and "Sonechka"... Far too generous with Jane Austen but I'd much rather see in that list "Constant Nymph" by Margaret Kennedy, "Falling" by EJ Howard, "Half Broken Things" and "Puccini's Ghost" by Morag Joss. Why no mention "Three in a Boat" by JK Jerome? Where is Dante's "Divine Comedy", Moliere, Homer's "Iliad", Shakespeare???? Is "Murder of Roger Ackroyd" really the best of Agatha Christie, how about "Ten Little Niggers" (before the PC madness)? I would also like to include "Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, "Secret Diary of Adrian Mole" by Sue Townsend, Thomass Moore's "Utopia", Checkov's "Bet", works by Akunin, C.S. name a few

banquo 08/31/2008

I'd reccomend Roberto Bolao, Herman Broch, Fernando Vallejo, Par Lagerqvist, Gombrowicz, Milosz, Pamuk, Montherlant, Malraux...not to mention others that are out of the list

tobyhubner 10/14/2008

I recently found this book in the American Library in Paris. But I quickly put it down. Why? Because missing from their list is ANY book by Jim Harrison, the American author, and arguably the greatest living American writer. But then I understood. Boxall and Ackroyd are Brits. And we know about the Brits don't we, especially their writers, who have to be SO clever and load EVERY sentence with such cleverness that the books become unreadable cuteness. Except Le Carre. Note Boxall's "new" book, Den DeLillo and The Possibility of Fiction. Is that typical Brit clever incomprehensible

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nonsense? I rest my case.

Nance 12/31/2008

I don't understand the choice of Labyrinths AND Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges. I mean, in Wikipedia they say Labyrinths is an anthology that contain the most famous works of Ficciones and El Aleph. Then why in the 1001 list not put Ficciones and El Aleph OR only Labyrinths?

Escaped Goat 01/07/2009

I guess at the end of the day everyone has their own taste and no one will ever be happy with the final list. From what I gather the aurthor is british and the list has most likley stemed from years of reading based on his own reading and most likely study. I for example am 22year old Australian female, I failed english in grade 10 and left school in the early part of grade 11. I would have on my own list of must read books, which would include books that i have already read, for example most books by John Marsden an excellent australian writer for teenagers, and many works by Nicholas Sparkes. Any book (novel) that takes the reader out of their own world and makes them feel like they are in another would be a must for me. However I would have to say that most of these books do not differ from a bar of soap to me personally on the basis that i have never heard of them. so I imagine that the book from which this list was derived is quite esential in the fact that it tells you why it was picked and most likely gives you a brief outline of the plot. I however have not much intension of reading quite that many books in my life time. However from the list I may draw up a list of my own and try to focus on those. I think that perhaps the problem many readers have with this list and the lack of their particularly favorite writers is that less of the books they have already read are on the list and therefore they they have read a smaller percentage of the 1001 books you must read before you die, than they had hoped. Personally I believe that the person who has read all 1001 books would be a fearsome sight to see for sure.

azrael314 01/19/2009

I like this list, and there are a lot of great

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books on it, but there seem to be an inordinate amount of books from the 1900's. I mean 715 out of the 1001 books to read before you die seems just a bit much.

mgt 02/11/2009

There is now a website for the book (as well as the other 1001s), so feel free to visit the forum and continue the discussions there: Too much Philip Roth? Too much Coetzee? Did we get Houellebecq's date of birth wrong? Why is Houellebecq in the book in the first place? Or, have any suggestions for books to add to an updated edition? Make a suggestion, or just have a rant about the all of the missing classics...

AngelofMusic 03/21/2009

Why isn't Frankenstein included?!

kenavl 10/08/2009

Frankenstein is on the list. It is #931.

Cossy 07/15/2009

This is a great list and I've barely made a dent in it. One thing that makes me nervous, however, is the listing of The Shining by Stephen King. That might be one of his worst books. I wonder if the author of this list felt inclined to include The Shining because it inspired such a fantastic movie. Unfortunately, Stanley Kubrik even stated that The Shining was a lousy book and he made the movie only because he liked the imagery so much. Also, Interview With A Vampire? That book was really cheesy.

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Ionut 10/03/2009

Great list indeed, but, at the first glance, I don't see anywhere Goethe - Faust and Dante - Divine Comedy. These books should be in the top of the "must read"s

theotherworldly 10/07/2009

Hi, I think it's "Ada or Ardor" for the Vladimir Nabokov novel, and it's "Blue of Noon" by Georges Bataille. Thanks for the list, it's fantastic because it gives me a direction as to the new stuff -- I've been stuck in the 1900s for a realy long time.

lawniemower 12/24/2009

I am offically going to try to read as many of these as a i can.

jlk7e 12/26/2009

I agree that leaving out the Tale of Genji is just totally ridiculous. In addition, all the classic Chinese novels have also been excluded - Journey to the West, Dream of the Red Chamber, Water Margin, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms should all be on the list, in my view. And modern Japanese novels also seem rather underrepresented. Where are Abe, Tanizaki, and Kawabata? The poetry and fables thing is also rather weird. If you're going to include poems, wouldn't the Iliad and the Odyssey, which actually tell stories that are arguably novelistic (especially the Odyssey) make a lot more sense than the Metamorphoses, which is just a series of loosely connected stories from mythology in verse? Some of the selections for later authors are also odd - including "The Monastery" for Scott but excluding "Waverley" and "The Heart of Midlothian"? Including "Castle Richmond" for Trollope but excluding "Barchester Towers" and "The Way We Live Now"? "Martin Chuzzlewit" but not "The Pickwick Papers"? I'd add that any list of 1001 novels "you must read before you die" should really not be comprised of 40% novels from the last 40 years. If there's anything that's clear from a review of literary history, it's that our

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judgment of what's going to last is often quite bad. The Telegraph's 1900 list of the best novels of all time should be illustrative of this writers with multiple books on the list include William Harrison Ainsworth, James Grant, Charles Kingsley, Charles Lever, Samuel Lover, Bulwer Lytton, Captain Marryat, Charles Reade, Michael Scott, and G. J. Whyte-Melville, several of whom I've never even heard of. For Dickens they include The Old Curiosity Shop and Martin Chuzzlewit, but not David Copperfield, Bleak House, or Great Expectations. The only Trollope novel is Orley Farm. There's three by Thackeray, but no Vanity Fair. For George Eliot, they only have Scenes of Clerical Life, not even a novel. Wuthering Heights is missing, and no Stevenson, Hardy, James. Their selection of non-British novels is even worse - they have Anna Karenina, but no War and Peace, nothing by Dostoyevsky or any other Russian writer. For the French, no Stendhal, no Zola, no Flaubert. Basically, the list did not stand the test of time at all. And that was an attempt to do 100 novels, and included several books from before the nineteenth century, when one would think critical taste would have hardened a bit more. This list is of 1000, and half of them are from the last 50 years. Does anybody think that even 10% of the books they list from that period are really going to have any staying power? What are the chances that "Everything Is Illuminated," "The Pigeon," and "The Swimming Pool Library" are really going to stand up better than such not-included works as Pickwick Papers, Barchester Towers, and Waverley, which have all remained popular for a century and a half or more? Or, for that matter, than the Tale of Genji and the Chinese classics, which have been around even longer? Obviously, a book like this shouldn't just be a boring list of universally recognized classics. But, even so, the balance seems wrong. Another irritating thing is the lack of short story collections. Somehow they have two by Borges, but can't see fit to include Dubliners or In Our Time. Hands up everybody who thinks Colm Toibin's "The Heather Blazing" is more important than Dubliners or that Chuck Palahniuk's "Choke" is more important than any or all Hemingway short story collections. To say nothing of Hawthorne and Chekhov - the former is only represented by his novels, and the latter not at all. Also, if you're allowed to include collections, why do we have three separate Poe short stories as distinct entries? Why not combine them into

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"Tales of Mystery and Imagination" or "Collected Stories" and make room for two other books? Anyway, a lot of this is nit-picking - coming up with a list of 1000 books that will satisfy everyone is impossible, and I commend the book's authors for trying.

FeedingtheDragon 12/29/2009

Hamlet - first and foremost. If there is a single work in literature that one should read to be "cultured" it is Hamlet. Snow by Orhan Pamuk - which, in my opinion, is one of the finest books of the decade. It is a beautiful and tragic composition. Gilead by Marilynn Robinson...the book won here a Pulitzer's a gorgeous book. There is nothing by Richard Russo, and no body has mentioned Richard Russo, which is a shame. Empire Falls, especially, which also won a Pulitzer. -Sure, the Pulitzer certainly isn't a keynote, objective look at "literary merit" but it does *help* Where the hell are: -Alice In Wonderland -Chronicles of Narnia -Dune -Ender's Game -His Dark Materials -Kite Runner -The Prince -The Republic I could go on and on. I'm sure there are lots of books on the list that don't deserve to be there, also? I certainly don't see any sort of objectivity. I would rank Ulysses near the top of the's one of the finest novels ever written. How is this list organized? What qualifications were used in selection and placement? The author of said book needs to examine literature a little more. Or maybe I just don't understand "good books."

lukeprog 01/12/2010

ukaunz, It seems this is the most popular list on Listology! How many views does it have?

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Marquee 01/12/2010

lolwtf. even in my drunken state I can find that out. WHY ARE YOU ACTING LIKE A BOT.

ukaunz 02/04/2010

Wow!!! I'm amazed at the popularity of this list. Most people do realise I didn't "write" it, right? I just typed it up from the book. A "bibliography" was included in the author's note, but maybe some people miss it? Anyway, thanks for all your comments! I haven't visited this site in AGES so it was quite amazing for me to see how often the list is visited/cloned/quoted - even a NY Times mention? (or did they just mention the book?). Personally, I don't think I'll read many of the books on the list. It would be interesting to compile one from the comments people have left. P.S. I don't know if I'll ever have time to fix the typos, but thanks for spotting them.

mike k 04/22/2010

this list gives the impression that must read material only originates from the west. So unfortunate that people who have a literary era identified with their work,namely the BOOM such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Ernesto Sabato are not included. Too bad for those people that look at these sorts of lists to actually find good books.

Zagzaga 04/28/2010

This list meets my expectations. Thanks to all who spent their time on it. And to the one who posted. Will be back as soon as I read them all. See you all in 10-15 years.

Arukiyomi 05/02/2010

hey all... been following some of the more recent comments. Firstly, ukaunz's list here is from the original 1st edition of the list

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published in 2006. Many of the concerns some of you have voiced that the list is biased to WASP writers were dealt with in the 2008 release when 282 of these books were replaced to make it more authoritative of world literature. In March 2010, a third edition was released. 11 books were added/removed, all published in the last 2 years. ukaunz was my inspiration: from the list here, I created a spreadsheet to help you track your progress with the list. This has been downloaded well over 40,000 times! In late March 2010, I released a brand new v4 of this spreadsheet to coincide with the 3rd edition of the book. To get yours, head to /?page_id=1806

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bugnotme 05/17/2010

One book I think is a nice addition to this fantastic list is Pop-splat, by South African author Ian Martin. It is one of the few books I've ever read that really made me think and completely changed my view of society and how the world operates. Surprising, given the deceptively simple story: a wealthy businessman is murdered in yet another Johannesburg hijacking. The disturbed son thinks something fishy is on the go and decides to investigate. This precipitates a violent, over-the-top but also funny hell-ride across the country. Sure, the narrative is entertaining and the book is easy to read as it's saturated with sick humour and violence. But on another level it is jam-packed with so many ideas that after I put the book down I spent a week digesting it all. Martin challenges everything from SUV drivers to religious fanatics to private schools and overpopulation. A lot of the ideas are subtly blended into the action in a comical way. For instance, during a violent break-in Martin uses the opportunity to attack snobbish art connoisseurs, calling a Madonna and Child painting 'Prostitute with baboon fetus.' It's a weird combination - over-the-top, Quentin Tarantino-like thrills with worldchanging ideas. But it really works. To get an idea of the tone of the book, this is what the dedication says: "This book is dedicated to the youth in the hope they will reject the crappy values of their parents." You can also get excerpts and the first chapter here:

Arukiyomi 06/01/2010

pop-splat ain't on the list... this comment is bogus...

adamabbott 03/07/2011

There are two spelling mistakes in the first paragraph on the webpage. Doesn't bode well.

MeghanKate87 07/12/2010

I actually am on a mission to watch all of the movies in the 1001 Movies book, the

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5th edition. If you want to check out my blog please feel free! It has been only a few months and I know it's a slow start but getting through the silent films seems to be a killer. I am watching them in the order they are in, in the book.

bugnotme 09/07/2010

Of course Pop-splat isn't on the list but would make a nice addition to it. If it was up to me I'd put it up there with 'Choke' as Chuck and Ian are similar authors.

thehissingink 12/27/2010

Great long lists... but let's be honest... seeing a list like this can give you the shivers... there's so many to read! I maintain a website listing of a small amount of core books of classic and current novels. if you don't want to be swamped by too many books to choose from.. just go to and pick a novel from one of the small number redommened in each genre!!

Nimbette2 01/31/2011

Okay, so I have read 4.3% of the books on the list and if I read 30 a year to get to the 1001...I will be 69 years old (32 years from now) by the time I am done - yikes! I am very disappointed Tale of Genji is not on here. It is first novel turned classic. Also, the Bible even if you are not still is an interesting read. Phantom of the Opera,Camilla (the vampire novel), The Good Earth, Chronicles of Narnia. Edgar Rice Burroughs was a creative genius if you ever read all his series. Tarzan has 25 books, which are great. BUT, no mention of his Barsoom (MARS) series...I love, love it and has its merits. With so much literature floating around how can you really pin down a list and have everyone agree with it? We all like so many different things. I also see the new 2010 list does have some updates to it.


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Hi Georg12 = which ones have you read? Just curious. Camilla above I meant Carmilla...first female vampire novel and a classic also.

aramini 02/02/2011

Okay, I've read about 230 of these and I have to say there's a lot of repetition and some downright bad books on there, like listing multiple Adams stuff (Dirk Gently) multiple Beckett things that all have the same banal philosophy, and multiple Rabbit Updike books. Having said that good list but we need the collected Shakespeare on there! And since SFnal type works like Peake and even Ballard are on there, its unforgivable that Gene Wolfe's Sun books are not on there, books better and more literate and carefully constructed than 228 of the other books on here I have read. Thank God Tristram Shandy is there, and Mishima, but Wolfe really really has to be there if such curmudgeonly unimpressive speculative porn fiction like Crash is.

wangbu 02/10/2011

Cloud Atlas David Mitchell This book is one i looking for. a book that i can learn a lot. hope i will find it

listologylisa 04/20/2011

Btw I also can recommend the following 4 books: Sabbaths Theater Philip Roth The Rings of Saturn W.G. Sebald The Reader Bernhard Schlink A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry All of them are really good reads to, sometimes it takes a while to get into the matter but they are very good.

simple007 05/24/2011

simply good and very nice article.. Great share Many thanks

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