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Best Books of the 20th
Century
The best books published during the 20th century (January 1st, 1900 through December 31st 1999)
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1 To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
4.21 avg rating — 1,256,756 ratings
score: 772,981, and 7,813 people voted

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2 1984
by George Orwell
4.04 avg rating — 760,851 ratings
score: 460,253, and 4,694 people voted
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3 The Catcher in the Rye


by J.D. Salinger
3.75 avg rating — 932,515 ratings
score: 415,477, and 4,239 people voted
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4 The Lord of the Rings


by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.40 avg rating — 170,974 ratings
score: 414,847, and 4,223 people voted
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5 The Great Gatsby


by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3.76 avg rating — 961,424 ratings
score: 359,055, and 3,688 people voted
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6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)


by J.K. Rowling
4.34 avg rating — 1,475,341 ratings
score: 328,055, and 3,360 people voted
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7 The Diary of a Young Girl


by Anne Frank
4.04 avg rating — 759,100 ratings
score: 245,972, and 2,548 people voted
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8 The Little Prince


by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
4.20 avg rating — 239,998 ratings
score: 232,212, and 2,393 people voted
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9 Animal Farm
by George Orwell
3.73 avg rating — 837,476 ratings
score: 224,947, and 2,377 people voted
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10 The Grapes of Wrath


by John Steinbeck
3.83 avg rating — 225,443 ratings
score: 222,691, and 2,301 people voted
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11 The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.16 avg rating — 818,912 ratings
score: 211,712, and 2,234 people voted
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12 Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
3.91 avg rating — 438,042 ratings
score: 211,635, and 2,212 people voted
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13 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
by C.S. Lewis
4.13 avg rating — 483,042 ratings
score: 201,969, and 2,116 people voted
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14 One Hundred Years of Solitude


by Gabriel García Márquez
3.92 avg rating — 291,403 ratings
score: 201,186, and 2,072 people voted
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15 Brave New World


by Aldous Huxley
3.89 avg rating — 467,942 ratings
score: 182,894, and 1,931 people voted
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16 Gone With the Wind


by Margaret Mitchell
4.21 avg rating — 392,453 ratings
score: 179,265, and 1,867 people voted
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17 Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
3.95 avg rating — 215,736 ratings
score: 169,566, and 1,777 people voted
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18 The Giver (The Giver, #1)


by Lois Lowry
4.11 avg rating — 431,922 ratings
score: 163,550, and 1,704 people voted
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19 Of Mice and Men


by John Steinbeck
3.74 avg rating — 707,053 ratings
score: 156,416, and 1,682 people voted
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20 Lord of the Flies


by William Golding
3.58 avg rating — 785,759 ratings
score: 154,800, and 1,668 people voted
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21 Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
3.81 avg rating — 253,380 ratings
score: 154,035, and 1,607 people voted
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22 Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
3.95 avg rating — 411,562 ratings
score: 152,586, and 1,623 people voted
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23 East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
4.29 avg rating — 140,860 ratings
score: 149,448, and 1,554 people voted
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24 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)


by J.K. Rowling
4.43 avg rating — 796,710 ratings
score: 138,029, and 1,473 people voted
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25 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


by Ken Kesey
4.14 avg rating — 189,261 ratings
score: 128,792, and 1,383 people voted
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26 A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)


by Madeleine L'Engle
4.04 avg rating — 271,524 ratings
score: 127,938, and 1,359 people voted
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27 The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


by Douglas Adams
4.34 avg rating — 87,017 ratings
score: 126,178, and 1,342 people voted
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28 The Handmaid's Tale


by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
3.97 avg rating — 211,517 ratings
score: 124,771, and 1,323 people voted
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29 Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
3.99 avg rating — 670,403 ratings
score: 113,221, and 1,200 people voted
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30 The Stranger
by Albert Camus
3.88 avg rating — 153,262 ratings
score: 111,153, and 1,187 people voted
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31 The Fellowship of the Ring


by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.25 avg rating — 661,073 ratings
score: 110,847, and 1,209 people voted
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32 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


by Betty Smith
4.21 avg rating — 135,438 ratings
score: 110,403, and 1,156 people voted
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33 The Chronicles of Narnia


by C.S. Lewis
4.22 avg rating — 175,721 ratings
score: 107,794, and 1,179 people voted
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34 Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White
4.10 avg rating — 331,840 ratings
score: 106,407, and 1,169 people voted
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35 Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)


by Orson Scott Card
4.26 avg rating — 331,902 ratings
score: 105,630, and 1,117 people voted
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36 Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
3.69 avg rating — 121,608 ratings
score: 97,700, and 1,020 people voted
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37 Night
by Elie Wiesel
4.24 avg rating — 262,042 ratings
score: 96,508, and 1,048 people voted
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38 The Old Man and the Sea


by Ernest Hemingway
3.55 avg rating — 178,373 ratings
score: 94,087, and 1,037 people voted
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39 Watership Down
by Richard Adams
4.00 avg rating — 123,377 ratings
score: 93,337, and 998 people voted
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40 The Giving Tree


by Shel Silverstein
4.37 avg rating — 306,573 ratings
score: 93,008, and 1,023 people voted
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41 The Poisonwood Bible


by Barbara Kingsolver
3.92 avg rating — 309,595 ratings
score: 92,017, and 973 people voted
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42 The Bell Jar


by Sylvia Plath
3.90 avg rating — 161,677 ratings
score: 90,180, and 966 people voted
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43 The Return of the King


by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.45 avg rating — 206,087 ratings
score: 89,877, and 998 people voted
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44 A Prayer for Owen Meany


by John Irving (Goodreads Author)
4.19 avg rating — 114,585 ratings
score: 87,819, and 926 people voted
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45 The Two Towers


by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.35 avg rating — 211,979 ratings
score: 87,534, and 979 people voted
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46 In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
3.97 avg rating — 206,190 ratings
score: 83,579, and 919 people voted
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47 Green Eggs and Ham


by Dr. Seuss
4.29 avg rating — 182,679 ratings
score: 83,058, and 930 people voted
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48 The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss
4.37 avg rating — 96,915 ratings
score: 81,270, and 880 people voted
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49 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


by J.K. Rowling
4.23 avg rating — 772,874 ratings
score: 78,529, and 879 people voted
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50 Love in the Time of Cholera


by Gabriel García Márquez
3.81 avg rating — 153,916 ratings
score: 78,524, and 852 people voted
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51 The Stand
by Stephen King
4.29 avg rating — 170,532 ratings
score: 75,471, and 815 people voted
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52 Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)


by L.M. Montgomery
4.21 avg rating — 212,903 ratings
score: 74,723, and 828 people voted
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53 The Unbearable Lightness of Being


by Milan Kundera
4.01 avg rating — 101,348 ratings
score: 73,306, and 798 people voted
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54 The Color Purple


by Alice Walker
4.10 avg rating — 161,504 ratings
score: 72,128, and 820 people voted
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55 Ulysses
by James Joyce
3.72 avg rating — 36,642 ratings
score: 71,668, and 766 people voted
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56 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)


by Roald Dahl
4.05 avg rating — 187,761 ratings
score: 71,205, and 801 people voted
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57 A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
3.85 avg rating — 83,537 ratings
score: 70,590, and 752 people voted
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58 The Sun Also Rises


by Ernest Hemingway
3.82 avg rating — 135,986 ratings
score: 69,529, and 763 people voted
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59 Where the Wild Things Are


by Maurice Sendak
4.27 avg rating — 230,551 ratings
score: 68,908, and 792 people voted
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60 The Good Earth


by Pearl S. Buck
3.89 avg rating — 90,823 ratings
score: 68,140, and 752 people voted
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61 Siddhartha
by Hermann Hesse
3.89 avg rating — 143,935 ratings
score: 68,057, and 753 people voted
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62 Beloved
by Toni Morrison
3.68 avg rating — 116,437 ratings
score: 67,916, and 740 people voted
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63 On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
3.65 avg rating — 114,346 ratings
score: 67,867, and 753 people voted
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64 The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho (Goodreads Author)
3.67 avg rating — 513,128 ratings
score: 67,423, and 741 people voted
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65 The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)


by Ken Follett
4.22 avg rating — 181,551 ratings
score: 67,305, and 730 people voted
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66 Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier
4.15 avg rating — 120,246 ratings
score: 67,016, and 750 people voted
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67 The Name of the Rose


by Umberto Eco
4.03 avg rating — 80,579 ratings
score: 66,252, and 728 people voted
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68 The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
3.80 avg rating — 121,990 ratings
score: 65,240, and 708 people voted
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69 A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
3.93 avg rating — 167,264 ratings
score: 63,462, and 721 people voted
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70 The Complete Sherlock Holmes


by Arthur Conan Doyle
4.48 avg rating — 43,753 ratings
score: 62,641, and 700 people voted
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71 Dune
by Frank Herbert
4.04 avg rating — 254,435 ratings
score: 61,577, and 692 people voted
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72 The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka
3.70 avg rating — 129,901 ratings
score: 60,060, and 682 people voted
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73 The Joy Luck Club


by Amy Tan
3.81 avg rating — 315,330 ratings
score: 59,448, and 670 people voted
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74 The Sound and the Fury


by William Faulkner
3.83 avg rating — 66,357 ratings
score: 59,296, and 651 people voted
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75 The Master and Margarita


by Mikhail Bulgakov
4.31 avg rating — 48,582 ratings
score: 58,748, and 627 people voted
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76 The Secret Garden


by Frances Hodgson Burnett
4.09 avg rating — 265,819 ratings
score: 57,168, and 670 people voted
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77 Their Eyes Were Watching God


by Zora Neale Hurston
3.79 avg rating — 87,414 ratings
score: 56,013, and 613 people voted
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78 Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
3.78 avg rating — 54,758 ratings
score: 55,943, and 618 people voted
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79 The World According to Garp


by John Irving (Goodreads Author)
4.02 avg rating — 85,811 ratings
score: 53,625, and 607 people voted
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80 For Whom the Bell Tolls


by Ernest Hemingway
3.89 avg rating — 77,310 ratings
score: 53,396, and 614 people voted
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81 Little House on the Prairie


by Laura Ingalls Wilder
4.15 avg rating — 81,288 ratings
score: 53,183, and 605 people voted
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82 The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton
3.97 avg rating — 229,332 ratings
score: 52,496, and 597 people voted

83 All Quiet on the Western Front


by Erich Maria Remarque
3.77 avg rating — 92,353 ratings
score: 51,971, and 598 people voted
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84 A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
3.71 avg rating — 84,246 ratings
score: 49,496, and 573 people voted
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85 Angela's Ashes
by Frank McCourt
3.99 avg rating — 175,035 ratings
score: 49,352, and 568 people voted
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86 Where the Red Fern Grows


by Wilson Rawls
3.98 avg rating — 126,959 ratings
score: 49,324, and 558 people voted
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87 The Red Tent


by Anita Diamant
4.11 avg rating — 196,859 ratings
score: 46,842, and 517 people voted
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88 Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis
4.26 avg rating — 73,971 ratings
score: 46,730, and 512 people voted
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89 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)


by Douglas Adams
4.13 avg rating — 434,029 ratings
score: 45,280, and 518 people voted
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90 Franny and Zooey


by J.D. Salinger
3.97 avg rating — 78,792 ratings
score: 44,446, and 499 people voted
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91 Waiting for Godot


by Samuel Beckett
3.76 avg rating — 41,383 ratings
score: 44,190, and 503 people voted
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92 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


by Hunter S. Thompson
4.09 avg rating — 93,439 ratings
score: 43,893, and 495 people voted
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93 Sophie's Choice
by William Styron
4.12 avg rating — 27,900 ratings
score: 41,783, and 483 people voted
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94 The Things They Carried


by Tim O'Brien
4.09 avg rating — 66,635 ratings
score: 41,523, and 459 people voted
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95 Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove, #1)


by Larry McMurtry
4.41 avg rating — 48,451 ratings
score: 40,619, and 449 people voted
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96 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


by James Joyce
3.54 avg rating — 47,979 ratings
score: 38,983, and 453 people voted
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97 Blindness
by José Saramago
3.97 avg rating — 52,047 ratings
score: 36,130, and 390 people voted
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98 To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
3.72 avg rating — 37,093 ratings
score: 34,205, and 396 people voted
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99 She's Come Undone


by Wally Lamb
3.73 avg rating — 134,511 ratings
score: 31,949, and 361 people voted
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100 The Hiding Place


by Corrie Ten Boom
4.42 avg rating — 67,719 ratings
score: 29,943, and 335 people voted
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message 1: by Gary (new)


Jun 14, 2008 08:30pm

Jane Austen? Oscar Wilde? Louisa May Alcott? Charles Dickens? William Shakespeare? Alexandre
Dumas? Bram Stoker's Dracula?

None of those are 20th century.

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message 2: by Laura (new)


Jun 17, 2008 02:49pm

Uh, yeah, what Gary said. Hello?

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message 3: by Dottie (last edited Jun 20, 2008 08:13pm) (new)


Jun 20, 2008 08:07pm

Picture of Dorian Gray first published 1891 doesn't belong in 20th century books. 19th century

Oops -- you guys already caught these. Another one -- Bronte.

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message 4: by Mark (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:38am) (new)


Jun 23, 2008 06:32pm

Similarly, Three Cups of Tea was published in 2006... is there an easy way to delete these? Or should
this list take a Braudelian view of the "long 20th century"? ;)

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message 5: by Marion (new)


Jun 24, 2008 04:04am

Some of those definitely aren't 20th century

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message 6: by Ashley (new)


Jun 24, 2008 08:31am

There are a lot of those 19th century books, but now there are also many that are 21st century as
well i.e. The Host and the most recent Harry Potter books. Is there any way to delete them?

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message 7: by Snorkle (new)


Jun 25, 2008 08:38am

I was getting all annoyed because they had a couple books that were published after 2000, but then I
realized that I had just voted for Pride and Prejudice....I wish that there was a way to delete books
that didn't fit the critieria...or maybe if the list was programmed to automatically check the publication
date and tell you whether or not you could add it to the list...

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message 8: by Wifey (last edited Jun 25, 2008 08:48am) (new)

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Jun 25, 2008 08:46am

Why isn't Celine or Saint Exupéry or Borges on this list? I call bullshit. Or i don't know... Vonnegut?

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message 9: by Kelly (new)


Jun 25, 2008 10:49am

Um, people? Jane Austen novels and/or Jane Eyre are in NO WAY 20th century novels, whatever
thousandth reprinting that they're on right now that happens to have taken place in that century.

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message 10: by bryan (new)


Jun 25, 2008 11:09am

It's called the "best books" of the 20th century, so why does everyone seem to be restricting
themselves to novels?

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message 11: by jessica juniper (new)


Jun 25, 2008 12:39pm

There are several books on here that are not from the 20th Century...Jane Austen, The Brontes, and
Joyce plus many more...can someone fix this please!

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message 12: by Bebe (new)


Jun 25, 2008 09:09pm

Um, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre are not 20th c reads. Come on guys!

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message 13: by [deleted user] (new)


Jun 26, 2008 04:00am

Dracula was written on 1897, not in 20th century for sure.

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message 14: by Lisa/Bluestem (new)


Jun 26, 2008 08:47am

Could we move Time Traveler's Wife to the 21st Century list?

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message 15: by bup (new)


Jun 27, 2008 11:37am

THE KING JAMES BIBLE!?

THE BOOK OF MORMON!?

And it's amazing how many votes Pride and Prejudice has gotten - 30!

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message 16: by Lexi (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:51am) (new)
Jun 28, 2008 12:09pm

Several books not written in the 20th century:

Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (I think)

Don't get me wrong, these are all great books but they don't belong on this list! Please check dates (or at
least use common sense) before adding books to a date-specific list!

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message 17: by Matthew (new)


Jun 28, 2008 10:52pm

you couldn't be more right, throw in Kafka, as well. then the non-20th century books, along with the
pop fiction books on the list?

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message 18: by Megan (new)


Jun 30, 2008 10:22pm

Vonnegut should definetly be on this list.

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message 19: by Laura (new)


Jul 01, 2008 07:37am

If you think so, why not add Vonnegut to the list? Seems simpler than complaining about it.

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message 20: by Stacy (new)


Jul 01, 2008 09:06am

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The 20th century seems to have lasted for more than two hundred years. I have to agree with the
poster who commented on the lack of nonfiction. What about Backlash by Susan Faludi? Something
by John Krakauer or David Sedaris?

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message 21: by Laura (new)


Jul 01, 2008 09:27am

Guys. You are aware that you can, you know, add any book you want to this list, right? If you think
something belongs on the list yet is not there, ADD IT YOURSELF.

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message 22: by Todd (new)


Jul 04, 2008 11:17am

This list appears to be restricting books based on the "published" date for some random (default?)
edition, rather than the often-available "first published" date. This would explain why Pride &
Prejudice (1813) can make the list, but it doesn't want me to add To the Lighthouse (1927).

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message 23: by Sarah (new)


Jul 12, 2008 09:18pm

Gah!! The books on this list that were not written in the 20th century are hurting my OCD. Is there
any way to edit? To remove books from the list that others have added?

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message 24: by Mommy (new)


Jul 17, 2008 10:11am

where is THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving?

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message 25: by Ashley (new)


Jul 18, 2008 09:06am

It's there (page 2), but if there's anything you think should be on any list, add it yourself.

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message 26: by Kenneth (new)


Jul 29, 2008 10:45am

oh boy some real chestnuts. C'mon Where's your Henry Miller. He is only the greatest American
author of that century. and seriously, what's up with the book of Mormon?

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message 27: by Nathanimal (new)


Jul 29, 2008 10:48am

The Book of Mormon? #4? Really guys?

It's not even very well written! Despite being published in 1830 (and written, allegedly, mosty in the
B.C.E)

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message 28: by Sunil (last edited Jul 29, 2008 11:11am) (new)
Jul 29, 2008 11:09am

Hmmm,,,, No Bellow in first hundred. And you have Harry Potter.Shame.

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message 29: by Matt (new)


Jul 29, 2008 11:10am

Ok, this is nuts. There are 19th century books appearing here, and there are 20th century books I
can't add because there isn't a 20th century edition in the database.

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message 30: by Alex (last edited Jul 29, 2008 11:55am) (new)
Jul 29, 2008 11:14am

Though it's a disputed point, the Book of Mormon was written sometime between 2,000 B.C. and
1830 A.D. As beloved and influential as it may be, one thing it isn't is a book of the 20th Century.
Putting it on this list just makes you look dumb.

Also: Holy Bible.

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message 31: by Matt (new)


Jul 29, 2008 11:16am

And another thing, the Lord of the Ring's score is getting killed by the fact that two different
versions of the book (as a single epic, and as a trilogy) are appearing on the list.

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message 32: by Donitello (new)


Jul 29, 2008 04:19pm

I presume we're supposed to vote ONLY for the book that we think should occupy #1 spot?

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That'll be easy, of course -- it's The Book of Mormon. (JOKING!!!!)

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message 33: by Emily (new)


Jul 29, 2008 04:36pm

I cannot believe Sometimes A Great Notion, Ken Kesey, is not in the top 100. I didnt even see it in
the top 200.

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message 34: by Giovany (last edited Jul 29, 2008 08:44pm) (new)
Jul 29, 2008 08:43pm

apoyen a Proust!!!!!!
lets stand for proust!!!!
aller Marcel, il est fantastique

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message 35: by Layce (new)


Jul 30, 2008 10:17am

An interesting assortment of books. One I could refer to for future reference.

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message 36: by Jane (new)


Jul 30, 2008 01:26pm

Henry James is missing, sorely. Too much JK Rowling and CS Lewis.

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message 37: by Roxanne (new)


Jul 30, 2008 04:00pm

The Tin Drum must be among the top 100...BB

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message 38: by Michael (new)


Jul 30, 2008 05:09pm

It speaks to my heart and soul. It reaffirms that good can win out over evils. I have read it over 120
times since Thanksgiving, 1970.
And people... please remember, it is actually one book, not three, an a trilogy; that aspect was a
business/publishing choice not a creative (the author's) choice.

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message 39: by David (last edited Jul 30, 2008 06:17pm) (new)
Jul 30, 2008 05:29pm

Sometimes a Great Notion is a Masterpiece.

The Harry Potter books are entertaining enough, but hardly in the same league.

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message 40: by David (new)


Jul 30, 2008 06:15pm

That's what I get for being a bookworm, I guess. Zero friends! Maybe I should wash more often.

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message 41: by Paula (new)


Jul 30, 2008 08:18pm

I'm not really thrilled that the Harry Potter books made this list....they really don't belong here !

What about : The Red Tent by Diamont ??

: The Celestine Prophies ??

: The Kite Runner ??

: A Thousand Splendid Suns ??

?????????????????????

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message 42: by Rebecca (new)


Jul 31, 2008 11:18am

Seems like the Lord of the Rings series shouldn't be listed as a separate option with each of the 3
books also on the list.

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message 43: by Lisa (new)


Aug 04, 2008 06:14pm

Did I miss something? I didn't see Le Miserables on the list???

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message 44: by Ashley (new)


Aug 05, 2008 06:25pm

If something isn't on the list anywhere that you think should be, add it. That's the point.

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message 45: by Gary (new)


Aug 11, 2008 09:36am

_Les misérables_ was published in the 19th Century.

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message 46: by Laura (new)


Aug 11, 2008 12:17pm

Les Miserables was on the list, and was removed for the reason Gary states. If it's put back on, it will
be removed again.

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message 47: by Elizabeth (new)


Aug 17, 2008 02:22am

I saw so many of my all time favorites! Mists of Avelon, Rebecca, Diary of Anne Frank, James and
the Giant Peach even The Witching Hour! WOW! I guess as much as I read I consider something
really great if after a couple of years and thousands of books later I still remember it then its pretty good.

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message 48: by Marcus (new)


Aug 20, 2008 12:19pm

Did I miss Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture?

Pretty big book of the 90's...it, ya know, coined the name ofr an entire generation...

There's a lot of books on this list, I could have missed it.

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message 49: by Cindy (new)


Sep 01, 2008 11:44am

The Harry Potter books enticed countless numbers of kids, who would never normally pick up a
book when they could be playing a video game, to read. In my opinion, any book or series of books,
that can do this deserves to be this list.

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message 50: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 06, 2008 12:57pm) (new)
Sep 06, 2008 12:56pm

Paula, it's the 21st century. The Kite Runner and it's sequel were released in THIS century, not eight years
ago. I AM annoyed by The Pillars of the Earth, though.

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