List :: Books of the Century by Waterstone

  • 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 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..."

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer


    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    by Patrick Suskind

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 269

    78 points

    "In eighteenth century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages."

  • Doctor Zhivago


    Doctor Zhivago

    by Boris Pasternak

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 148

    133 points

    "On they went, singing "Rest Eternal," and whenever they stopped, their feet, the horses, and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing."

  • Gormenghast



    by Mervyn Peake

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 347

    63 points

    "Titus is seven. His confines, Gormenghast. Suckled on shadows; weaned, as it were, on webs of ritual: for his ears, echoes, for his eyes, a labyrinth of stone: and yet within his body something..."

  • Cider with Rosie


    Cider with Rosie

    by Laurie Lee

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 302

    71 points

    "I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life in the village began."

  • The Bell Jar


    The Bell Jar

    by Sylvia Plath

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 137

    141 points

    "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

  • The Handmaid’s Tale


    The Handmaid’s Tale

    by Margaret Atwood

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 50

    316 points

    "We slept in what had once been the gymnasium."

  • Testament of Youth


    Testament of Youth

    by Vera Brittain

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 436

    42 points

    "When the Great War broke out, it came to me not as a superlative tragedy, but as an interruption of the most exasperating kind to my personal plans."

  • 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..."