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

  • The Remains of the day

    #71

    The Remains of the day

    by Kazuo Ishiguro

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 127

    153 points

    "It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been preoccupying my imagination now for some days."

  • War and Remembrance

    #72

    War and Remembrance

    by Herman Wouk

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 483

    29 points

    "A liberty boat full of sleep hung-over sailors came clanging alongside the U.S.S. Northhampton, and a stocky captain in dress whites jumped out to the accommodation ladder."

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    #73

    Where the Wild Things Are

    by Maurice Sendak

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 488

    28 points

    "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him wild thing. And so he said, "I'll eat you UP!" And so he was sent to bed without eating anything."

  • Centennial

    #74

    Centennial

    by James A. Michener

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 498

    27 points

    "Only another writer, someone who had worked his heart out on a good book which sold three thousand copies, could appreciate the thrill that overcame me one April morning in 1973 when Dean Rivers of..."

  • Call it Sleep

    #75

    Call it Sleep

    by Henry Roth

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 354

    60 points

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    #76

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    by Hunter S. Thompson

    (8 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 410

    48 points

    "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like 'I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive . . .' And suddenly..."

  • The road from Coorain

    #77

    The road from Coorain

    by Jill Ker Conway

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 507

    24 points

    "The western plains of New South Wales are grasslands."

  • Sula

    #78

    Sula

    by Toni Morrison

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 293

    73 points

    "In that place, where they tore the nightshade and blackberry patches from the roots to make room for the Medallion City Golf Course, there was once a neighborhood."

  • The Stand

    #79

    The Stand

    by Stephen King

    (10 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 200

    98 points

    "Hapscomb's Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston."Sally.""

  • Time and Again

    #80

    Time and Again

    by Jack Finney

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 517

    21 points

    "In shirt-sleeves, the I generally worked, I sat sketching a bar of soap taped to an upper corner of my drawing board."