List :: 100 Greatest Novels of All Time by The Guardian

  • Moby-Dick

    #21

    Moby-Dick

    by Herman Melville

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 37

    348 points

    "Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see..."

  • Madame Bovary

    #22

    Madame Bovary

    by Gustave Flaubert

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 48

    322 points

    "Nous étions à l'Etude, quand le Proviseur entra suivi d'un "nouveau" habillé en bourgeois et d'un garçon de classe qui portait un grand pupitre.We were in study hall when the headmaster walked in,..."

  • The Woman in White

    #23

    The Woman in White

    by Wilkie Collins

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 118

    164 points

    "This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve."

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    #24

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    by Lewis Carroll

    (21 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 45

    327 points

    "Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or..."

  • Little Women

    #25

    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."

  • The Way We Live Now

    #26

    The Way We Live Now

    by Anthony Trollope

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 285

    75 points

    "Let the reader be introduced to Lady Carbury, upon whose character and doings much will depend of whatever interest these pages may have, as she sits at her writing-table in her own room in her own..."

  • Anna Karenina

    #27

    Anna Karenina

    by Leo Tolstoy

    (22 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 22

    505 points

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (C. Garnett, 1946) and (J. Carmichael, 1960)All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy..."

  • Daniel Deronda

    #28

    Daniel Deronda

    by George Eliot

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 294

    73 points

    "Was she beautiful or not beautiful? and what was the secret of form or expression which gave the dynamic quality to her glance?"

  • The Brothers Karamazov

    #29

    The Brothers Karamazov

    by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    (9 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 114

    168 points

    "Alexey Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his tragic and obscure..."

  • The Portrait of a Lady

    #30

    The Portrait of a Lady

    by Henry James

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 56

    306 points

    "Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. There are circumstances in which, whether you partake of the..."