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

  • The Bell Jar

    #81

    The Bell Jar

    by Sylvia Plath

    (8 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 137

    141 points

    "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

  • The Fountainhead

    #82

    The Fountainhead

    by Ayn Rand

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 274

    77 points

    "Howard Roark laughed."

  • The Godfather

    #83

    The Godfather

    by Mario Puzo

    (5 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 492

    28 points

    "Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court No. 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her."

  • Howards End

    #84

    Howards End

    by E. M. Forster

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 103

    182 points

    "One may as well begin with Helens letters to her sister."

  • Naked Lunch

    #85

    Naked Lunch

    by William S. Burroughs

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 427

    44 points

    "I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves, setting up their devil-doll stool pigeons, crooning over my spoon and dropper I throw away at Washington Square station,..."

  • The Thornbirds

    #86

    The Thornbirds

    by Colleen McCullough

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 392

    52 points

    "On December 8th, 1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday."

  • Silent Spring

    #87

    Silent Spring

    by Rachel Carson

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 504

    24 points

    "In a letter written in January 1958, Olga Owens Huckins told me of her own bitter experience of a small world made lifeless, and so brought my attention sharply back to a problem with which I had..."

  • The Alienist

    #88

    The Alienist

    by Caleb Carr

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 562

    13 points

    "January 8th, 1919 Theodore is in the ground."

  • Talk Before Sleep

    #89

    Talk Before Sleep

    by Elizabeth Berg

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 567

    12 points

    "This morning before I came to Ruth's house, I made yet another casserole for my husband and my daughter."

  • The Shell Seekers

    #90

    The Shell Seekers

    by Rosamunde Pilcher

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 350

    62 points

    "She sometimes thought that for her, Nancy Chamberlain, the most straightforward or innocent occupation was doomed to become, inevitably, fraught with tedious complication."