My top 25 twentieth century novels

A Listmania! list by Matt Pointon
 
The Old Wives' Tale (Twentieth Century Classics)
1.  The Old Wives' Tale (Twentieth Century Classics) by Arnold Bennett
The list author says:
  "The characters were so real, and so was the setting. But it is my hometown..."
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
2.  Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
The list author says:
  "de Bernieres is a genius and his understanding of the Greek history is intimate. Shame about the film..."
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Brave New World (Flamingo modern classics)
3.  Brave New World (Flamingo modern classics) by Aldous Huxley
The list author says:
  "The most accurate vision of the future yet. And a good read too."
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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
4.  1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "The vision may not be as accurate as Huxley's, but it's the best written dystopia."
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The Restraint of Beasts
5.  The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills
The list author says:
  "Hilarious, clever and disturbing. And at last a voice for rural Britain."
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The Outsider (Essential Penguin)
6.  The Outsider (Essential Penguin) by Albert Camus
The list author says:
  "Short, but brilliant."
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We the Living
7.  We the Living by Ayn Rand
The list author says:
  "I don't agree with her politics, but this is surely the greatest Russian novel of the century."
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Monsignor Quixote (Vintage Classics)
8.  Monsignor Quixote (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
The list author says:
  "A clever little novel by Greene"
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Silence
9.  Silence by Shusaku Endo
The list author says:
  "Endo is brilliant and here he is at his best. A novel that raises profiund moral questions."
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Shogun: The First Novel of the Asian saga: A Novel of Japan
10.  Shogun: The First Novel of the Asian saga: A Novel of Japan by James Clavell
The list author says:
  "His prose might not be Nobel Prize stuff, but no foreigner understands Japan like Clavell."
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The Magus
11.  The Magus by John Fowles
The list author says:
  "John Fowles' masterpiece. Complex, disturbing and a beautiful setting."
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The Beach
12.  The Beach by Alex Garland
The list author says:
  "The classic portrayl of backpacker society and philosophy. Again, shame about the film."
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Scandal (Penguin International Writers)
13.  Scandal (Penguin International Writers) by Shusaku Endo
The list author says:
  "A powerful read that disturbed me immensely."
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Shiokari Pass
14.  Shiokari Pass by Miura
The list author says:
  "A beautiful story about a truly good man, set in Hokkaido, Japan."
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Penguin Modern Classics)
15.  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Penguin Modern Classics) by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The list author says:
  "A short introduction to Solzhenistyn that is a brillant novel in it's own right."
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Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord
16.  Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord by Louis de Bernieres
The list author says:
  "The best of the South American trilogy. Which other author would dare to kill off a much-loved character so gruesomely?"
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First Circle
17.  First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The list author says:
  "Hard going at times and hardly uplifting, but nonetheless, a work of genius"
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Dusk (Modern Library)
18.  Dusk (Modern Library) by F. Sionil Jose
The list author says:
  "It's a shame that Jose is Filipino, for if he had a wider audience he'd have won some major prizes by now."
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The Satanic Verses
19.  The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The list author says:
  "Stunning, but don't tell the Iranians I said that."
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The French Lieutenant's Woman
20.  The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
The list author says:
  "How clever is this book? A a Victorian novel plus commentary I wanted a happier ending though."
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Clayhanger (Penguin Modern Classics)
21.  Clayhanger (Penguin Modern Classics) by Arnold Bennett
The list author says:
  "What a shame the other novels in the trilogy weren't as good..."
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The Catcher in the Rye
22.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "I'm no admirer of the American novel but here's a notable exception."
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Are You Experienced?
23.  Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe
The list author says:
  "Ok, so it's no work of litery genius, but it is the funniest book I ever read."
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Monstrum
24.  Monstrum by Donald James
The list author says:
  "If you like thrillers or detective stuff, and you have a thing for Mother Russia, then check this out..."
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Fatherland
25.  Fatherland by Robert Harris
The list author says:
  "A chilling vision of Nazi Europe and a damn good detective story too"
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