List :: 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books

  • A Room with a View

    #61

    A Room with a View

    by E. M. Forster

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 123

    156 points

    "The Signora had no business to do it," said Miss Bartlett, "no business at all. She promised us south rooms with a view close together, instead of which here are north rooms, looking into a...

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    #62

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    by Arthur C. Clarke

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 388

    53 points

    "The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended. Here on the Equator, in the continent which would one day be known as Africa, the..."

  • White Noise

    #63

    White Noise

    by Don DeLillo

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 109

    178 points

    "The station wagons arrived at noon, a long shining line that coursed through the west campus."

  • A Thousand Acres

    #64

    A Thousand Acres

    by Jane Smiley

    (5 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 141

    137 points

    "At sixty miles per hour, you could pass our farm in a minute, on County Road 686, which ran due north into the T intersection at Cabot Street Road."

  • The Joy Luck Club

    #65

    The Joy Luck Club

    by Amy Tan

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 453

    36 points

    "The old woman remembered a swan she had bought many years ago in Shanghai for a foolish sum."

  • Tender is the Night

    #66

    Tender is the Night

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 131

    147 points

    "The hotel and its bright, tan prayer rug of a beach were one.On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud,..."

  • Little Women

    #67

    Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott

    (16 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 38

    348 points

    "“Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug."

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    #68

    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    by Ernest Hemingway

    (10 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 46

    322 points

    "He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees."

  • Ellen Foster

    #69

    Ellen Foster

    by Kaye Gibbons

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 467

    32 points

    "When I was little I would think of ways to kill my Daddy."

  • Cold Sassy Tree

    #70

    Cold Sassy Tree

    by Olive Ann Burns

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 471

    31 points

    "Three weeks after Granny Blakeslee died, Grandpa came to our house for his early morning snort of whiskey, as usual, and said to me, "Will Tweedy? Go find your mama, then run up to yore Aunt Loma's..."