List :: Top 100 Books by Newsweek

  • The Canterbury Tales


    The Canterbury Tales

    by Geoffrey Chaucer

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 223

    90 points

    "When the sweet showers of April have pierced/ The drought of March, and pierced it to the root,/ And every vein is bathed in that moisture/ Whose quickening force will engender the flower;/ And..."

  • Gulliver's travels


    Gulliver's travels

    by Jonathan Swift

    (12 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 81

    225 points

    "My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons."

  • Middlemarch



    by George Eliot

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 21

    519 points

    "Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not..."

  • Things Fall Apart


    Things Fall Apart

    by Chinua Achebe

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 67

    255 points

    "Okonkwo was well-known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honour to his village by throwing..."

  • The Catcher in the Rye


    The Catcher in the Rye

    by J. D. Salinger

    (44 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 7

    735 points

    "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they...

  • Gone with the Wind


    Gone with the Wind

    by Margaret Mitchell

    (22 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 16

    606 points

    "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm, as the Tarleton twins were."

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude


    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    by Gabriel García Márquez

    (24 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 12

    667 points

    "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de..."

  • The Great Gatsby


    The Great Gatsby

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    (96 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."

  • Catch-22



    by Joseph Heller

    (30 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 6

    823 points

    "It was love at first sight."

  • Beloved



    by Toni Morrison

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 8

    719 points

    "124 was spiteful. Full of baby's venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children."