List :: 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    by James Joyce

    (9 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 30

    389 points

    "Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...."

  • The Call of the Wild


    The Call of the Wild

    by Jack London

    (19 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 92

    203 points

    "Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound..."

  • Snow Falling on Cedars


    Snow Falling on Cedars

    by David Guterson

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 363

    58 points

    "The accused man, Kabuo Miyamoto, sat proudly upright with a rigid grace, his palms placed softly on the defendant's table - the posture of a man who has detached himself insofar as this is possible..."

  • Watership Down


    Watership Down

    by Richard Adams

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 82

    225 points

    "The primroses were over."

  • The Red Badge of Courage


    The Red Badge of Courage

    by Stephen Crane

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 187

    104 points

    "The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting."

  • Of Mice and Men


    Of Mice and Men

    by John Steinbeck

    (37 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 36

    349 points

    "A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green."

  • The House of the Spirits


    The House of the Spirits

    by Isabel Allende

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 379

    54 points

    "Barrabás came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy."

  • Dune



    by Frank Herbert

    (16 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 87

    214 points

    "A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. . . . from "Manual of Muad'dib" by the Princess IrulanIn the week before their departure to Arakis, when all..."

  • A Clockwork Orange


    A Clockwork Orange

    by Anthony Burgess

    (19 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 59

    295 points

    "'What's it going to be then, eh?'"

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany


    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    by John Irving

    (8 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 53

    311 points

    "I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but..."