List :: 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

  • Tobacco Road


    Tobacco Road

    by Erskine Caldwell

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 575

    10 points

    "Lov Bensey trudged homeward through the deep white sand of the gully-washed tobacco road with a sack of winter turnips on his back."

  • Ironweed



    by William J. Kennedy

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 156

    130 points

    "Riding up the winding road of Saint Agnes Cemetery in the back of the rattling old truck, Francis Phelan became aware that the dead, even more than the living, settled down in neighborhoods."

  • The Magus


    The Magus

    by John Fowles

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 251

    83 points

    "I was born in 1927, the only child of middle-class parents, both English, and themselves born in the grotesquely elongated shadow, which they never rose sufficiently above history to leave, of that..."

  • Wide Sargasso Sea


    Wide Sargasso Sea

    by Jean Rhys

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 125

    153 points

    "They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did."

  • Under the Net


    Under the Net

    by Iris Murdoch

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 536

    17 points

    "When I saw Finn waiting for me at the corner of the street I knew at once that something had gone wrong. Finn usually waits for me in bed, or leaning up against the side of the door with his eyes..."

  • Sophie's Choice


    Sophie's Choice

    by William Styron

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 168

    118 points

    "In those days cheap apartments were almost impossible to find in Manhattan, so I had to move to Brooklyn."

  • The Sheltering Sky


    The Sheltering Sky

    by Paul Bowles

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 515

    22 points

    "He awoke, opened his eyes.Si svegliò, aprì gli occhi. La stanza gli diceva poco o niente, profondamente immerso com'era nel non-essere da cui era appena affiorato. Se l'energia di accertare la..."

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice


    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    by James M. Cain

    (5 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 608

    3 points

    "They threw me off the hay truck about noon."

  • The Ginger Man


    The Ginger Man

    by J. P. Donleavy

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 616

    2 points

  • The Magnificent Ambersons


    The Magnificent Ambersons

    by Booth Tarkington

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 397

    51 points

    "Major Amberson had "made a fortune" in 1873, when other people were losing fortunes, and the magnificence of the Ambersons began then."