List :: 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

  • Henderson the Rain King

    #21

    Henderson the Rain King

    by Saul Bellow

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 155

    130 points

    "What made me take this trip to Africa? There is no quick explanation. Things got worse and worse and worse and pretty soon they were too complicated."

  • Appointment in Samarra

    #22

    Appointment in Samarra

    by John O'Hara

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 267

    79 points

    "Our story opens in the mind of Luther L. (L. for LeRoy) Fliegler, who is lying in his bed, not thinking of anything, but just aware of sounds, conscious of his own breathing, and sensitive to his..."

  • The 42nd Parallel

    #23

    The 42nd Parallel

    by John Dos Passos

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 94

    200 points

    "General Mills with his gaudy uniform and spirited charger was the center for all eyes especially as his steed was extremely restless."

  • Winesburg, Ohio

    #24

    Winesburg, Ohio

    by Sherwood Anderson

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 219

    91 points

    "The writer, an old man with a white mustache, had some difficulty in getting into bed. The windows of the house in which he lived were high and he wanted to look at the trees when he awoke in the..."

  • A Passage to India

    #25

    A Passage to India

    by E. M. Forster

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 24

    469 points

    "Except for the Marabar caves--and they are twenty miles off--the city of Chrandrapore presents nothing extraordinary."

  • The Wings of the Dove

    #26

    The Wings of the Dove

    by Henry James

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 185

    107 points

    "She waited, Kate Croy, for her father to come in, but he kept her unconscionably, and there were moments at which she showed herself, in the glass over the mantel, a face postiively pale with the..."

  • The Ambassadors

    #27

    The Ambassadors

    by Henry James

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 76

    235 points

    "Strether's first question, when he reached the hotel, was about his friend; yet on his learning that Waymarsh was apparently not to arrive till evening he was not wholly disconcerted."

  • Tender is the Night

    #28

    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,..."

  • Young Lonigan

    #29

    Young Lonigan

    by James T. Farrell

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 296

    72 points

  • The Good Soldier

    #30

    The Good Soldier

    by Ford Madox Ford

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 115

    168 points

    "This is the saddest story I have ever heard."