List :: 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

  • The Naked and the Dead

    #51

    The Naked and the Dead

    by Norman Mailer

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 254

    83 points

    "Nobody could sleep. When morning came, assult craft would be lowered and a first wave of troops would ride through the surf and charge ashore on he beach at Anopopei. All over the ship, all through..."

  • Portnoy's Complaint

    #52

    Portnoy's Complaint

    by Philip Roth

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 299

    71 points

    "She was so deeply imbedded in my consciousness that for the first year of school I seemed to have believed that each of my teachers was my mother in disguise."

  • Pale Fire

    #53

    Pale Fire

    by Vladimir Nabokov

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 101

    185 points

    "I was the shadow of the waxwing slain / By the false azure in the windowpane.Pale Fire, a poem in heroic couplets, of nine hundred ninety-nine lines, divided into four cantos, was composed by John..."

  • Light in August

    #54

    Light in August

    by William Faulkner

    (5 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 99

    188 points

    "Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece.'"

  • On the Road

    #55

    On the Road

    by Jack Kerouac

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 18

    543 points

    "I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up."

  • The Maltese Falcon

    #56

    The Maltese Falcon

    by Dashiell Hammett

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 248

    85 points

    "Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth."

  • Parade's End

    #57

    Parade's End

    by Ford Madox Ford

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 423

    44 points

  • The Age of Innocence

    #58

    The Age of Innocence

    by Edith Wharton

    (5 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 60

    292 points

    "On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York."

  • Zuleika Dobson

    #59

    Zuleika Dobson

    by Max Beerbohm

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 435

    42 points

    "That old bell, presage of a train, had just sounded through Oxford station; and the undergraduates who were waiting there, gay figures in tweed or flannel, moved to the margin of the platform and..."

  • The Moviegoer

    #60

    The Moviegoer

    by Walker Percy

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 222

    91 points

    "This morning I got a note from my aunt asking me to come for lunch."