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

  • In Search of Lost Time

    #41

    In Search of Lost Time

    by Marcel Proust

    (5 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 25

    455 points

    "For a long time, I would go to bed early. [Fr., Longtemps, je me suis couche de bonne heure.]"

  • The Rainbow

    #42

    The Rainbow

    by D. H. Lawrence

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 158

    128 points

    "The Brangwens had lived for generations on the Marsh Farm, in the meadows where the Erewash twisted sluggishly through alder trees, separating Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire."

  • The Good Soldier

    #43

    The Good Soldier

    by Ford Madox Ford

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 115

    168 points

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

  • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    #44

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    by John Buchan

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 369

    57 points

    "I returned from the City about three o'clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with life."

  • Ulysses

    #45

    Ulysses

    by James Joyce

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 4

    925 points

    "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed."

  • Mrs Dalloway

    #46

    Mrs Dalloway

    by Virginia Woolf

    (9 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 33

    365 points

    "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumpelmayer’s men were coming. And then, thought Clarissa..."

  • A Passage to India

    #47

    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 Great Gatsby

    #48

    The Great Gatsby

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    (94 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 1

    994 points

    "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."

  • The Trial

    #49

    The Trial

    by Franz Kafka

    (9 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 57

    304 points

    "Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.Jemand mußte Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne daß er etwas Böses..."

  • Men Without Women

    #50

    Men Without Women

    by Ernest Hemingway

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 190

    101 points

    "Manuel Garcia climbed the stairs to Don Miguel Retana's office. (THE UNDEFEATED)."