20th Century Classics II (Original English Fiction)

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The Way of All Flesh (English Library)
1.  The Way of All Flesh (English Library) by Samuel Butler
The list author says:
  "In writing for more than two decades, this percipient novel of the Victorian era is also a scathing indictment of its values. Butler (to use Tennyson’s phrase) is a Lord of Language."
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The House Of Mirth (VMC)
2.  The House Of Mirth (VMC) by Edith Wharton
The list author says:
  "The heart-wrenching story of Lily Bart is the story of a woman’s search for love that is destined to end in tears, in a deeply flawed hierarchical society."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

How Green Was My Valley (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.  How Green Was My Valley (Penguin Modern Classics) by Richard Llewellyn
The list author says:
  "A fondly nostalgic look back at the trial and tribulations of a mining community in Wales at the turn of the last century. The lyrical language adds to the emotional power of the novel."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

The Heat Of The Day (Vintage Classics)
4.  The Heat Of The Day (Vintage Classics) by Elizabeth Bowen
The list author says:
  "Set in war-torn London, this densely atmospheric novel, graced with Bowen’s elegant prose, wit and penetrating observations is an utter joy to read."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Living And The Dead
5.  The Living And The Dead by Patrick White
The list author says:
  "This enigmatic novel, set in pre-war London and written in a style that is mordacious and degage at the same time, is an astute commentary on the failures of the modern society."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Masters (Strangers and Brothers)
6.  The Masters (Strangers and Brothers) by Charles Percy Snow
The list author says:
  "The best of the ‘Lewis Eliot’ sequence of novels. Its excellence lies in the great skill with which the key characters are drawn in all their varieties. Hypnotic readability."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

The Road to Los Angeles
7.  The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante
The list author says:
  "The the best of the Bandini Quartet, the novel tells the story of the vicissitudes of the mental processes of a young writer. Outrageous, bizarre, and extremely funny."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Rabbit, Run (Penguin Modern Classics)
8.  Rabbit, Run (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Updike
The list author says:
  "The boorish, sexist  and tiresomely lecherous Harry ‘Rabbit’ Armstrong, may not be representative of the typical American male of the 50s, but the novel is a smashing read."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Portnoy's Complaint
9.  Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "Impetuous, scabrously funny and, at times, heart-wrenchingly melancholy, the novel is a landmark in modern Jewish American literature."
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.27
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Call it Sleep (Penguin Modern Classics)
10.  Call it Sleep (Penguin Modern Classics) by Henry Roth
The list author says:
  "This multifaceted novel of Jewish immigrant life at the turn of the last century is remarkable as much for its black humour as for its innovative use of language."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Tin Men
11.  The Tin Men by Michael Frayn
The list author says:
  "A dazzling comedy of hidden vanities. I can’t put it better than Anthony Burgess: 'One knew, sourly, that his book was going to be funny; one did not see how it could be so continuously funny...’"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Brothers (Abacus Books)
12.  Brothers (Abacus Books) by Bernice Rubens
The list author says:
  "This epic novel traces the lives of over four generations of a Jewish family. Uninhibited in its passion, extremely forceful in its prose, reading ‘Brothers’ is a profound experience."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Revolutionary Road
13.  Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The list author says:
  "A highly stylistic, poignant, and compassionate work of art, a story of betrayal of hopes, the novel can be enjoyed at several levels. A masterpiece."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics)
14.  Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics) by Vladimir Nabokov
The list author says:
  "This devilishly funny, multilayered and satirical novel, written in four sections, each one as real as the other, is rightly considered the forerunner of postmodernist novels."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

The Crying Of Lot 49
15.  The Crying Of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
The list author says:
  "A telling commentary on the cultural chaos and the crisis of communication. Written in the 1960s the themes of this moody novel  with its apocalyptic undertones are relevant even today."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
16.  Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "A superlative expression of themes that preoccupied Vonnegut all his life: man’s persistent attempt to adjust rationally to the unthinkable."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

Earthly Powers (Vintage Classics)
17.  Earthly Powers (Vintage Classics) by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "Endlessly inventive, breathtaking in its scope, and adorned with luminescent language, this is a work of the highest order."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sophie's Choice (Vintage Classics)
18.  Sophie's Choice (Vintage Classics) by William Styron
The list author says:
  "Styron’s take on the Holocaust is a heartbreaking tale of loss, guilt and, above all the terrible choices humans have to make the consequences of which haunt them for the rest of their lives."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The Singapore Grip
19.  The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
The list author says:
  "A brilliant novel that is precisely plotted and beautifully paced. It is vivid, multidimensional and brilliantly written.  A work of a writer at the zenith of his powers."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Fear Of Flying
20.  Fear Of Flying by Erica Jong
The list author says:
  "An unrestrained, robustious and libidinous tale of one woman’s self-discovery and sexual liberation. A watershed in feminist fiction."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Cat's Eye
21.  Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "Atwood’s  semi-autobiographical novel of girlhood trauma, secrets and shifting alliances is a riveting if eerie coming of age novel."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

The Painted Bird (Kosinski, Jerzy)
22.  The Painted Bird (Kosinski, Jerzy) by Jerzy Kosinski
The list author says:
  "A remarkable, if controversial,  coming of age novel with the World War II as its backdrop. It  is also a commentary on the dark side of human nature"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Beginning of Spring
23.  The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "Set in an English community in Moscow at the turn of the last century, the novel is a brilliant comedy of manners characterised by gentle wit and an ambiguous conclusion.  Thoroughly absorbing."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

In The Heart Of The Country
24.  In The Heart Of The Country by J M Coetzee
The list author says:
  "A deeply harrowing tale of a woman who is slowly losing her mind on a farm, in the middle of nowhere. The stream of consciousness technique abets the fierceness of the narrative."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Expensive People (VMC)
25.  Expensive People (VMC) by Joyce Carol Oates
The list author says:
  "A powerful critique of the American culture, the novel powerfully evocates the confusion, despair, indignation of the young."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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