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Superlative Literature: 20 Sublime Novels

A Listmania! list by George Owers
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War and Peace (Oxford World's Classics)
1.  War and Peace (Oxford World's Classics) by Leo Tolstoy
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  "Sweeping, absorbing, engaging, profound: a great human achievement, a supreme chronicle of the leviathan temporal passages and its components."
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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred And Profane Memories Of Captain Charles Ryder (Essential Penguin)
2.  Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred And Profane Memories Of Captain Charles Ryder (Essential Penguin) by Evelyn Waugh
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  "Such rich characterisation, humour, tragedy have rarely been seen so deeply and passionately in one novel. Demonstrative of Waugh's great diversity."
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The Reprieve (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.  The Reprieve (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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  "Written in experimental, fluctuating, unique prose. Not only a masterful contextualisation of existentialism, but a priceless historical chronicle as well."
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Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
4.  Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics) by Emily Brontė
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  "So vivid, so powerful, with a raw, potent symbolism."
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Jane Eyre (Penguin Popular Classics)
5.  Jane Eyre (Penguin Popular Classics) by Charlotte Brontė
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  "Consistent, essential love story, with enough conflict and tragedy to grip."
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A Clockwork Orange (Essential Penguin)
6.  A Clockwork Orange (Essential Penguin) by Anthony Burgess
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  "Dazzling, disturbing, horrific; underneath the reputation, there is a novella working on several levels; as a language experiment, as a study of freedom, of dystopia and as a prophecy."
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The Human Factor (Vintage Classics)
7.  The Human Factor (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
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  "Quintessential Greene; reflective, low key, but with acute precision and unmatched skill at evoking reality."
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Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Popular Classics)
8.  Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Popular Classics) by Jane Austen
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  "Often hilarious, occasionally tender. Austen's best, with her trademark strength of characterisation evident."
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The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics)
9.  The Age of Reason (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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  "Remarkable; on a deep level, with Sartre's philosophical concerns at the forefront, but also as a fascinating portrayal of France in the 30s."
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The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics)
10.  The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics) by Albert Camus
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  "A frank, austere, bottomless book, much in the tradition of Dostoyevsky"
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Brighton Rock (Vintage classics)
11.  Brighton Rock (Vintage classics) by Graham Greene
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  "Malignant, malevolent evils wrapped in a grotty, haunting, sickly veneer of arcades, tea-shops and piers. Evocative and harrowing."
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Emma (Penguin Popular Classics)
12.  Emma (Penguin Popular Classics) by Jane Austen
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  "The funniest, and yet least compelling of Austen's novels. Very light."
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The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
13.  The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
The list author says:
  "Incredibly underrated; a thriller, but easily transcends a mere 'entertainment.'"
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Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics)
14.  Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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  "Occasionally overpowering, in places enigmatic and overpersonal, but never meaningless."
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Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics)
15.  Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics) by Evelyn Waugh
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  "Ostensibly a surreal, ideosyncratic comedy; at its core an incisive satire."
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Catch-22
16.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The list author says:
  "Enourmously amusing in its unreal, outrageous parodies and situations, Catch-22, like all good comedies, has much more to offer."
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The End of the Affair (Vintage Classics)
17.  The End of the Affair (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
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  "Undoubtedly religous, but, quite apart from that, on a secular plane, strangely passionate in its bare, unperfumed beauty."
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A Gun For Sale: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
18.  A Gun For Sale: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
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  "Often ignored, but characteristically, grimily evocative. A protype Brighton Rock, endowed with many vestiges of the latter's magnificence."
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We (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
19.  We (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
The list author says:
  "Forget Orwell, forget Huxley; the original and best dystopian novel. Unmatched in its originality and sublimity."
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The Trial (Penguin Modern Classics)
20.  The Trial (Penguin Modern Classics) by Franz Kafka
The list author says:
  "An unforgettable, absurd, distinctive masterpiece of isolation and alienation."
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