List :: 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

  • The Name of the Rose


    The Name of the Rose

    by Umberto Eco

    (12 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 116

    166 points

    "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

  • The Stranger


    The Stranger

    by Albert Camus

    (13 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 44

    331 points

    "Mother died today. (Stuart Gilbert translation)Maman died today. (Matthew Ward translation)Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas."

  • Germinal



    by Émile Zola

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 277

    76 points

    "Dans la plaine rase, sous la nuit sans étoiles, d’une obscurité et d’une épaisseur d’encre, un homme suivait seul la grande route de Marchiennes à Montsou, dix kilomètres de pavé coupant tout..."

  • The Three Musketeers


    The Three Musketeers

    by Alexandre Dumas

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 509

    24 points

    "On the first Monday of April 1625, the market town of Meung, the birthplace of the author of the iRoman de la Rose/i, was in a wild state of excitement."

  • The Red and the Black


    The Red and the Black

    by Stendhal

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 244

    86 points

    "La petite ville de Verrières peut passer pour l'une des plus jolies de la Franche-Comté.The small town of Verrieres may be regarded as one of the prettiest in the Franche-Comte."

  • Old Goriot


    Old Goriot

    by Honoré de Balzac

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 264

    80 points

    "Madame Vauquer (nee De Conflans) is an elderly person who for the past forty years has kept a lodging house in the Rue Neuve-Sainte-Genevieve, in the district that lies between the Latin Quarter..."

  • On the Road


    On the Road

    by Jack Kerouac

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 18

    543 points

    "I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up."

  • Eugene Onegin


    Eugene Onegin

    by Alexander Pushkin

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 560

    13 points

    "'My uncle, man of firm convictions...By falling gravely ill, he's wonA due respect for his afflictions--The only clever thing he's done.(James E. Falen translation)"

  • The Golden Notebook


    The Golden Notebook

    by Doris Lessing

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 65

    266 points

    "The two women were alone in the London flat."

  • 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..."