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The Telegraph (of U.K.)'s
List  of  Best  100  Novels

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Before and after the recent Millennium, various publications chose 'Best of' lists of all kinds. TIME Magazine published its 'All-TIME 100 Novels'
listing in October 2005; The Editors at Amazon posted their '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime' listing in late 2013;
and Britain's The Telegraph posted their 'Best 100 Novels' listing in Summer 2014.

The choices on this list include 41 British authors, 16 American, 12 French, 5 Asian/Indian, 5 German, 5 Russian,
3 Spanish-language, 3 Italian, and 10 other.

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100 Novels, A to Z

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#67 "A Bend In The River" [1979] by V.S. Naipaul
East African Indian Salim travels to the heart of Africa and finds “The world is what it is”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._S._Naipaul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Bend_in_the_River

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #32 "A Dance To The Music of Time" [1951-75] by Anthony Powell [1905-2000]
Twelve-book saga whose most celebrated character wears “the wrong kind of overcoat”.
author entry at Wikipedianovels entry at Wikipedia

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #22 "A Passage To India" [1924] by E.M. Forster [1879-1970]
A false accusation exposes the racist oppression of British rule in India.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
stageplay [London 1960, Broadway 1962] by Santha Rama Rau
BBC-TV adaptation of the play by Santha Rama Rau [Nov 1965]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Passage_to_India_(film) [1984]

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listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  GREEN CHECK: listed #16 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #42 "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" [1885] by Mark Twain [1835-1910]
A boy and a runaway slave set sail on the Mississippi River, away from Antebellum 'sivilisation'.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis, history, author, movies, other media) are on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" 1885 Novel & Movies Page

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listed #1 on American Mensa mini-survey to choose the Top Ten Favorite Children's Books (8/2014)  BLUE CHECK: listed #78 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  PURPLE CHECK: listed on Amazon Editors '100 Children's Books To Read In A Lifetime' in August 2014  GREEN CHECK: listed #54 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #78 "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" [1865] and "Through The Looking-Glass" [1871]
by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]
Carroll’s ludic logic makes it possible to believe six impossible things before breakfast.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopses, sequels, Broadway musicals, books & ebooks, links, merchandise) on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Alice In Wonderland" Books, Stageplays & Movies Page

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#73 "All Quiet On The Western Front" aka "Im Westen Nichts Neues" [1929]
by Erich Maria Remarque [1898-1970]
The horror of the Great War as seen by a teenage soldier.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Maria_Remarque
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Quiet_on_the_Western_Front
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Quiet_on_the_Western_Front_(1930_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Quiet_on_the_Western_Front_(1979_film)

Best Picture Oscar   "All  Quiet  On  The  Western  Front" [Universal 1930]
Based on the novel 'Nichts neues im Westens'
by Erich Maria Remarque
; directed by Lewis Milestone
full credits at IMDb

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GREEN CHECK: listed #56 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #3 "Anna Karenina" [1878] by Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910]
Tolstoy’s doomed adulteress grew from a daydream of “a bare exquisite aristocratic elbow”.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

"Love" [1927 silent]
based on Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"; continuity by Frances Marion; starring Greta Garbo & John Gilbert
Two endings were filmed, one happy and one sad • video not available • full credits from IMDb

"Anna Karenina" [1935] /tt0026071/
starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew

"Anna Karenina" [1948] /tt0040098/
Produced by Alexander Korda; starring Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson

"Anna Karenina" [Focus Features Nov 2012]
Anna Karenina 2012 movie poster  Lavish 130-minute look at Russian aristocracy circa 1870s, a stirringly epic story of love; directed by Joe Wright from Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard's bold adaptation of Tolstoy's 1878 novel; starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Jude Law
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #30 "Atonement" [2001] by Ian McEwan
Puts the 'c' word in the classic English country house novel.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atonement_(film)

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#55 "Austerlitz" [2001] by W.G. Sebald [1944-2001]
Paragraph-less novel in which a Czech-born historian traces his own history back to the Holocaust.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WG_Sebald

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #95 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #50 "Beloved" [Knopf 2006] by Toni Morrison [b. 1931]
Brutal, haunting, jazz-inflected journey down the darkest narrative rivers of American slavery.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400033411/

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #34 "The Big Sleep" hardboiled crime noir [1939 first novel]
by Raymond Chandler [1888-1959]
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

The Big Sleep novel by Raymond Chandler  After elderly oil magnate General Sternwood hires P.I. Philip Marlowe to stop a man named Geiger from blackmailing Sternwood's wild daughter Carmen, Sternwood's other daughter Vivian quizzes Marlowe about whether he was hired to find her recently-missing ex-husband, Rusty Regan. The case also involves local gangster Eddie Mars, a pornography-on-loan racket, and the murder of Sternwood's chauffeur – after which things get kinda complicated.
Vintage 8x5 pb [8/92] for $8.80
Spanish-language edition "El Sueño Eterno": Alianza pb [6/2005] for $12.95
audio read by Elliott Gould: New Millenium Audio CD [3/2002] for $27.96
Big Sleep 1946 video  Big Sleep 1946 poster  1946 b&w feature film directed by Howard Hawks
Script by Leigh Brackett, William Faulkner & Jules Furthman; starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall; listed in National Film Registry (1997)
Warner both-version b&w DVD [2/2000] for $6.87
Warner 114-min. b&w 'theatrical release' VHS [3/2000] for $14.95
Warner 135-min. b&w 1945 'pre-release version' VHS [3/2000] for $14.98
M.G.M./Warner 114-min. b&w VHS [9/99] for $2.49
M.G.M./Warner 114-min. b&w VHS [1/99] for $3.48
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch official trailer [1:48] at YouTube
purchase 'Big Sleep' movie posters & photos via AllPosters.com
Big Sleep 1978 movie  1978 color feature film from United Artists
Set in 1970s Britain; adapted & directed by Michael Winner; starring Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark, Joan Collins, Edward Fox, John Mills, James Stewart, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews, Colin Blakely, John Justin & Richard Todd
Artisan color DVD [4/2002] out of prodn/used
Pioneer color DVD [8/2000] out of prodn/used
Artisan color VHS [11/99] for $9.98
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
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#16 "Brighton Rock" [1938] by Graham Greene [1904-91]
A seaside sociopath mucks up murder and marriage in Greene’s literary Punch and Judy show.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Greene
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_Rock_(novel)

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#64 "The Cairo Trilogy" [1956-57] by Naguib Mahfouz [1911-2006]
Follows three generations of Cairenes through the turbulent years of the British occupation, from the First World War to the coup of 1952.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naguib_Mahfouz - won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature

"Palace Walk" [1956]
"Palace of Desire" [1957]
"Sugar Street" {1957]

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  #77 "Catch-22" [1961 bestseller] by Joseph Heller [1923-99]
Yossarian feels a homicidal impulse to machine gun total strangers. Isn’t that crazy?
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

Catch-22 book  Captain Yossarian tries desperately to get grounded so he will not have to fly any more bombing missions over Hitler's Europe: anyone who goes to war is crazy, but if he asks to be grounded for being crazy, then he's not crazy anymore and he has to keep flying – 'catch 22'. A gut-wrenching satire.
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [10/2010] for $8.80
S&S 8½x5¾ pb [4/2011] for $9.32
Everyman's Library 8½x5¼ hardcover [10/99] for $18.30
Catch-22 video  "Catch-22" feature film [Filmways/Paramount June 1970]
Directed by Mike Nichols; screenplay by Buck Henry; all-star cast, including Alan Arkin,
Buck Henry & Orson Welles
Paramount widescreen color DVD [5/2013 for $5.97>
Paramount widescreen color DVD [5/2001] for $11.99
Paramount color VHS [8/2001] for $9.95
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
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listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #52 "The Catcher In The Rye" [1951] by J.D. Salinger [1919-2010]
Expelled from a 'phony' prep school, adolescent anti-hero goes through a difficult phase.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

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#75 "Cider With Rosie" [1959] by Laurence Edward Alan 'Laurie' Lee, MBE [1914-97]
Protagonist’s 'first long secret drink of golden fire' is under a hay wagon; U.S. title (1960) "The Edge of Day".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Lee

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#33 "Clarissa: or, The History of A Young Lady" [1748] by Samuel Richardson
Epistolary adventure whose heroine’s bodice is savagely unlaced by the brothel-keeping Robert Lovelace.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Richardson

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#15 "The Code of The Woosters" [1938] by Sir Pelham Grenville 'P.G.' Wodehouse [1881-1975]
A scrape-prone toff and pals are suavely manipulated by his gentleman’s personal gentleman.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PG_Wodehouse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Code_of_the_Woosters

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#92 "Cold Comfort Farm" [1932] by Stella Gibbons [1902-89]
Hilarious satire on doom-laden rural romances. “Something nasty” has been observed in the woodshed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Gibbons
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Comfort_Farm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Comfort_Farm_(film)

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#26 "Cranford" [1851-53] by Elizabeth Gaskell [1810-65]
Northern villagers turn their bonnets against the social changes accompanying the industrial revolution.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Gaskell

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#68 "Crash" [1973] by James Graham 'J.G.' Ballard [1930-2009]
Former TV scientist preaches 'a new sexuality, born from a perverse technology'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JG_Ballard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_(1973_novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_(1996_film)

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GREEN CHECK: listed #100 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #66 "Crime and Punishment" [1866] by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1821-81]
Boy meets pawnbroker; boy kills pawnbroker with an axe; guilt, breakdown, Siberia, redemption.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
There have been over 25 film adaptations of "Crime and Punishment".

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#13 "David Copperfield" [1849-50] by Charles Dickens [1812-70]
full title: "The Personal History and Experience of David Copperfield The Younger"
Debt and deception in Dickens’s semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman crammed with cads, creeps, and capital fellows.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(1911_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(1913_film)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_History,_Adventures,_Experience,_and_Observation_of_David_Copperfield_the_Younger_(1935)
directed by George Cukor, starring Freddie Bartholomew, Basil Rathbone, Hugh Walpole, Lionel Barrymore,
Elsa Lanchester, W.C. Fields, Lewis Stone, Roland Young, Frank Lawton & Maureen O'Sullivan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(1966_TV_serial)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(1969_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(1986_TV_serial)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(1993_film) = animated
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(1999_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(2000_film)

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#72 "Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant" [1982] by Anne Tyler
Three siblings are differently affected by their parents’ unexplained separation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Tyler

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#8 "Disgrace" [1999] by John Maxwell 'J.M.' Coetzee
An English professor in post-apartheid South Africa loses everything after seducing a student.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._M._Coetzee

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#65 "Doctor Zhivago" [1957] by Boris Pasternak [1890-1960]
Romantic young doctor’s idealism is trampled by the atrocities of the Russian Revolution.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Pasternak
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Zhivago_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Zhivago_(film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Zhivago_(TV_miniseries)

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#10 "Don Quixote" [1605 & 1615] by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra [1547-1616]
Picaresque tale about an elderly gent on a skinny horse tilting at windmills.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote

"Don Quixote" Section on the 'Knights of Yore' Film Festival Page at Magic Lantern

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#71 "Dream of The Red Chamber" aka "The Story of The Stone" [1791-92]
by Cao Xueqin, Edited by Gao E & Cheng Weiyuan
Profound and panoramic insight into 18th-century Chinese society.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_of_the_Red_Chamber

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#88 "Eugene Onegin: A Novel In Verse" [1833 & 1837] by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin [1799-1837]
Passion, poetry and pistols in this verse novel of thwarted love.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pushkin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Onegin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onegin_(film)

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GREEN CHECK: listed #43 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #27 "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" [1818 first novel]
by Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley [1797-1851]
Human endeavours “to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world” have tragic consequences.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

'Frankenstein's Monster' Section on Magic Lantern's Horror / Monster / Fantasy Movies Page

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#83 "Germinal" [1885] by Émile Zola [1840-1902]
Written to 'germinate' social change, the novel unflinchingly documents the starvation of French miners.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89mile_Zola
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germinal_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germinal_(1993_film)

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#57 "The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel)" [1943] by Hermann Hesse [1877-1962]
Intellectuals withdraw from life to play a game of musical and mathematical rules.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Hesse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Glass_Bead_Game

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #48 "Go Tell It On The Mountain" [1953] by James Baldwin [1924-87]
Explores the role of the Christian Church in Harlem’s Afro-American community.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Tell_It_on_the_Mountain_(novel)
"Go Tell It On The Mountain" TV movie [ABC-TV 1984]

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #89 "The Golden Notebook" [1962] by Doris Lessing [1919-2013]
Lessing considers communism and women’s liberation in what Margaret Drabble calls 'inner space fiction'.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

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listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #18 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #49 "The Grapes of Wrath" [Viking 1939] by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
The book won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel, and is listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)

"The Grapes of Wrath" Novel & Movie Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #38 "The Great Gatsby" [Scribner's 1925] by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]
A mysterious millionaire’s love for a woman with 'a voice full of money' gets him in trouble.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

Spirit of America Bookstore's
"The Great Gatsby" 1925 Novel & Movies Page

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#62 "Gulliver’s Travels" [1726, amended 1735] by Jonathan Swift [1667-1745]
Swift’s scribulous satire on travellers’ tall tales (the Lilliputian Court is really George I’s).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Swift
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels_Among_the_Lilliputians_and_the_Giants
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels_(1939_film) animated
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels_(TV_miniseries) [Feb 1996]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels_(2010_film)

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GREEN CHECK: listed #33 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #53 "The Handmaid's Tale" [1985] by Margaret Atwood
After nuclear war has rendered most sterile, fertile women are enslaved for breeding.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
won the 1987 Arthur C. Clarke Award
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/038549081X/

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#5 "Heart of Darkness" [1899] by Joseph Conrad [1857-1924]
“The conquest of the earth,” said Conrad, “is not a pretty thing.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Darkness

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listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  GREEN CHECK: listed #28 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 25 Best Sci-Fi Books Of All Time, 10/2013  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  #97 "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" [1979] by Douglas Adams [1952-2001]
Earth is demolished to make way for a Hyperspatial Express Route. Don’t panic.
author's IMDb listingauthor's official websiteauthor entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

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#98 "The Home and The World (Ghare Baire)" [1916] by Rabindranath Tagore [1861-1941]
A rich Bengali noble lives happily until a radical revolutionary appears.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Home_and_the_World
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghare_Baire_(film) by Satyajit Ray

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#41 "The Hound of The Baskervilles" [1902] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930]
A drug addict chases a ghostly dog across the midnight moors.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hound_of_the_Baskervilles
There have been at least 25 film & TV adaptations of "The Hound of The Baskervilles".

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#40 "The House of Mirth" [1905] by Edith Wharton [1862-1937]
Lily Bart craves luxury too much to marry for love. Scandal and sleeping pills ensue.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Wharton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Mirth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Mirth_(1918_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Mirth_(TV_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Mirth_(2000_film)

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#69 "If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller" [1979] by Italo Calvino [1923-85]
International book fraud is exposed in this playful postmodernist puzzle.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italo_Calvino
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_on_a_winter%27s_night_a_traveler

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#6 "In Search of Lost Time (À la Recherche du Temps Perdu)" aka "Remembrance of Things Past"
[French 1913-27, English 1922-31] by Marcel Proust [1871-1922]
Seven-volume meditation on memory, featuring literature’s most celebrated lemony cake.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Proust
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_Lost_Time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Un_amour_de_Swann_(film) 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Regained_(film) 1999
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%80_la_recherche_du_temps_perdu_(2011_TV_film)

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GREEN CHECK: listed #12 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #7 "Jane Eyre: An Autobiography" [1847] by Charlotte Brontë [1816-55]
Poor and obscure and plain as she is, Mr. Rochester wants to marry her. Illegally.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptations_of_Jane_Eyre

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#70 "The Leopard (Il Gattopardo)" [1958] by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa [1896-1957]
Garibaldi’s Redshirts sweep through Sicily, the 'jackals' ousting the nobility, or 'leopards'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Tomasi_di_Lampedusa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Leopard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Leopard_(1963_film)

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GREEN CHECK: listed #69 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #36 "Les Misérables" [1862 novel] by Victor Hugo [1802-85]
An ex-convict struggles to become a force for good, but it ends badly.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(1935_film) starring Fredric March & Charles Laughton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(1952_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(radio) by Orson Welles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(1958_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(1978_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(musical)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(1995_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(1998_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(2000_TV_miniseries)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(2012_film) of the 1980 musical
manga adaptation by Takahiro Arai [Japan 2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Classics-Miserables-Victor-Hugo/dp/1927925169/
http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Classics-Miserables-Victor-Hugo/dp/1927925150/

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#29 "Life: A User’s Manual" [1978] by Georges Perec [1936-82]
The jigsaw puzzle of lives in a Parisian apartment block. Plus empty rooms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Perec
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_A_User%27s_Manual

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #54 "Lolita" [Paris 1955, English 1958] by Vladimir Nabokov [1899-1977]
Scholar’s sexual obsession with a prepubescent 'nymphet' is complicated by her mother’s passion for him.
author entry at Wikipediabook entry at Wikipedia
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679410430/
plus the 1962 feature film by Stanley Kubrick [1928-99] and another in 1997 by Adrian Lyne

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#59 "London Fields" [1989] by Martin Amis
A failed novelist steals a woman’s trashed diaries which reveal she’s plotting her own murder.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Amis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Fields_(novel)

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #6 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #100 "The Lord of The Rings Trilogy" [1954-55] by J.R.R. Tolkien [1892–1973]
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

W.H. Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures looking for lost jewellery was a 'masterpiece'.

'Lord of The Rings' & 'The Hobbit' Novels & Movies Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #35 "Lucky Jim: A Rollicking Miseducation" [1954] by Kingsley Amis [1922-95]
An uncommitted history lecturer clashes with his pompous boss, gets drunk, and gets the girl.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

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#23 "Madame Bovary" [1857] by Gustave Flaubert [1821-80]
Buying the lies of romance novels leads a provincial doctor’s wife to an agonising end.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Flaubert
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madame_Bovary

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#1 "Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life" [1874] by George Eliot [1819-80]
“One of the few English novels written for grown-up people,” said Virginia Woolf.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlemarch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlemarch_(1968_TV_series)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlemarch_(1994_TV_serial)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlemarch_(2013_stage_adaptation) in 3 parts

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #94 "Midnight's Children: A Novel" [1981] by Salman Rushdie
The children of poor Hindus and wealthy Muslims are switched at birth.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
book won the Booker Prize
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812976533/

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#2 "Moby-Dick: or, The Whale" [1851] by Herman Melville [1819-91]
Monomaniacal Captain Ahab seeks vengeance on the white whale which ate his leg.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby_Dick_(1956_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby_Dick!_The_Musical
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby_Dick_(2010_film)

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#25 "The Moonstone" [1868] by Wilkie Collins [1824-89]
Hailed by TS Eliot as “the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkie_Collins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moonstone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moonstone_(1934_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moonstone_(1959_TV_serial)

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #9 "Mrs. Dalloway" [1925] by Virginia Woolf [1882-1941]
Septimus’s suicide doesn’t spoil our heroine’s stream-of-consciousness party.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Dalloway_(film)

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#61 "My Name Is Red" [Turkish 1998, English 2001] by Orhan Pamuk of Turkey
A painter is murdered in Istanbul in 1591. Unusually, we hear from the corpse.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orhan_Pamuk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Name_Is_Red

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#81 "The Name of The Rose (Il Nome Della Rosa)" [1980] by Umberto Eco
Illuminating historical whodunnit set in a 14th-century Italian monastery.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umberto_Eco
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_of_the_Rose
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_of_the_Rose_(film)

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#44 "Nausea (La Nausée)" [French 1938, English 1949] by Jean-Paul Sartre [1905-80]
A historian becomes increasingly sickened by his existence, but decides to muddle on.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_Sartre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausea_(novel)

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listed #22 on 'The 100 Books of the Century' poll conducted by France's Le Monde newspaper in 1999  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #4 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  #21 "Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel" [1949 classic]
by George Orwell [1903-50]
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

Nineteen Eighty-Four novel  Winston Smith endures a squalid existence as a clerk in a bureaucracy
of the totalitarian superstate of Oceania, where everyone is under the
constant surveillance of the Thought Police.

Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [9/2013] for $5.68
Signet/NAL mass pb [1961] for $5.98
Plume Centennial Edition 7¾x5¼ pb [5/2003] for $13.04
Plume 8x5¼ pb [4/83] for $9.04
Everyman's Library 8x5 hardcover [11/92] for $11.86

more details (synopsis, history, author, movies, other media) are on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" 1949 Novel & Movies Page

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#86 "Old Father Goriot (Le Père Goriot)" [1835] by Honoré de Balzac [1799-1850]
A disillusioning dose of Bourbon Restoration realism. The anti-hero Rastingnac became a byword for ruthless social climbing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor%C3%A9_de_Balzac
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_P%C3%A8re_Goriot

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listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #87 "On The Road" [October 1957 Beat novel] by Jack Kerouac [1922-69]
Beat generation boys aim to 'burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles'.
author entry at Wikipediabook entry at Wikipedia

celebrating 50th anniversary of 'On The Road' in Paris, France [Sept 2007]
Jack Kerouac Reads from 'On The Road' (1959 Steve Allen Show) [5:44] on YouTube

On The Road novel by Jack Kerouac  
On The Road by Jack Kerouac paperback cover  
Kindle Edition from Penguin Books [1976 edition] for $3.99
Kindle Edition from Penguin with embedded video & audio clips [12/2012] for $10.05

Penguin Books 8¼x5½ movie tie-in pb [11/2012] for $12.84
Penguin Books 7¾x5 pb [12/76] for $12.52
Viking 50th Anniversary Edition 9x6¼ hardcover [8/2007] out of print/used
Penguin Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/97] out of print/used

Penguin 50th Anniv. UNABR audio CD [10/2007] read by Will Patton out of print/used
Harper UNABR audio CD [10/2000] read by Matt Dillon out of print/used
Harper UNABR audio [10/2000] read by Matt Dillon out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [10/2000] read by Tom Parker 5 tapes for $47.45
Penguin ABR audio [6/93] read by David Carradine 2 tapes - out of prodn/used

Jack Kerouac's On The Road 2012 movie  Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" feature film [American Zoetrope/United Artists 2012?]
Francis Ford Coppola bought the movie rights to Kerouac's classic novel in 1979
Filmed during Summer 2010 in Argentina, Arizona, California, Canada, Louisiana & Mexico; directed by Walter Salles; starring Sam Riley as Sal Paradise {Kerouac}, Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty {Neal Cassady}, Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee {Wm. S. Burroughs}, Amy Adams as Jane (Burroughs' wife Joan Vollmer}, and Kristen Stewart as Mary Lou Moriarty
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch 1/2013 trailer [1:54] at YouTube

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GREEN CHECK: listed #78 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #60 "One Hundred Years of Solitude" [1967] by Gabriel García Márquez [1927-2014] of Colombia
"The most important Latin American novel of the XXth Century." — Isabelle Allende
Myth and reality melt magically together in this Colombian family saga.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

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#96 "One Thousand and One Nights" [traditional Arabic tales; English 1706]
A Persian king’s new bride tells tales to stall post-coital execution.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Thousand_and_One_Nights

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#80 "Oscar and Lucinda" [1988] by Peter Carey of Australia
An Australian heiress bets an Anglican priest he can’t move a glass church 400km.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Carey_(novelist)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_and_Lucinda

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#4 "The Portrait of A Lady" [1881] by Henry James [1843-1916]
An American heiress in Europe 'affronts her destiny' by marrying an adulterous egoist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_James
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Portrait_of_a_Lady
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Portrait_of_a_Lady_(film)

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listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  GREEN CHECK: listed #2 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #11 "Pride and Prejudice" [1813] by Jane Austen [1775-1817]
Every proud posh boy deserves a prejudiced girl. And a stately pile.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0199535566/
Helen Jerome's 1936 stage adaptation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_Prejudice_(1940_film) starring Greer Garson & Laurence Olivier
1959 Broadway musical "First Impressions" starring Polly Bergen, Farley Granger & Hermione Gingold
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_Prejudice_(1980_TV_serial)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_Prejudice_(1995_TV_series)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_%26_Prejudice_(2005_film) starring Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen
"Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: The New Musical" [2008] debuted in Rochester, New York

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#46 "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" [1961] by Muriel Spark [1918-2006]
A meddling teacher is betrayed by a favorite pupil who becomes a nun.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muriel_Spark
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prime_of_Miss_Jean_Brodie_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prime_of_Miss_Jean_Brodie_(play)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prime_of_Miss_Jean_Brodie_(film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prime_of_Miss_Jean_Brodie_(TV_series)

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#43 The 'Rabbit' books by John Updike [1932-2009]
A former high school basketball star is unsatisfied by marriage, fatherhood, and sales jobs.
author entry at Wikipedia

RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  "Rabbit, Run: A Novel" [1960]
novel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit,_Run_(film)

"Rabbit Redux" [1971]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_Redux

"Rabbit Is Rich" [1981]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_Is_Rich

"Rabbit At Rest" [1990]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_at_Rest

"Rabbit Remembered" [2000 novella]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_Remembered

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#85 "The Red and The Black: A Chronicle of the 19th Century (Le Rouge et le Noir)" [1830]
by Marie-Henri Beyle [1783-1842], known as Stendhal
Plebian hero struggles against the materialism and hypocrisy of French society with his 'force d’ame'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_and_the_Black

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#12 "Robinson Crusoe" [1719] by Daniel Defoe [1660?-1731]
A slave trader is shipwrecked but finds God, and a native to convert, on a desert island.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Defoe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Cruso%C3%A9 1867 operetta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe_(1902_film) by cinema pioneer Georges Méliès [1861-1938]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe_(1927_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe_(1954_film) directed by Luis Buñuel [1900-83]
Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday) (1981), TV adventure-comedy film
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe_(1997_film)

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#58 "The Savage Detectives (Los Detectives Salvajes)" []
by Roberto Bolaño Ávalos [1953-2003] of Chile & Mexico
Gang of South American poets travel the world, sleep around, challenge critics to duels.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Bola%C3%B1o
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Savage_Detectives

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#18 "Scoop" [1938] by Evelyn Waugh [1903-66]
Waugh based the hapless junior reporter in this journalistic farce on former Telegraph editor Bill Deedes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Waugh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoop_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoop_(1987_film)

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#95 "The Sorrows of Young Werther" [] by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]
Werther loves Charlotte, but she’s already engaged. Woe is he!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorrows_of_Young_Werther
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Goethe_in_Love
"Young Goethe In Love" [2011] http://www.younggoetheinlove.com/

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#63 "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" [1886 novella]
by Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94]
Stevenson’s 'bogey tale' came to him in a dream.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Case_of_Dr_Jekyll_and_Mr_Hyde
There have been over 120 film & TV adaptations of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", not including stage & radio versions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptations_of_Strange_Case_of_Dr._Jekyll_and_Mr._Hyde

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BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  #82 "The Stranger {L'Etranger) {aka 'The Outsider'}"
existentialist fiction [Gallimard 1942] by Albert Camus [1913-60]
Frenchman kills an Arab friend in Algiers and accepts 'the gentle indifference of the world'.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

The Stranger novel by Albert Camus  Translated by Matthew Ward in 1988
Kindle Edition from Vintage/Random House [8/2012] for $6.95
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [3/89] for $8.05
Everyman's Library 8½x5¼ hardcover [2/93] for $13.83
Knopf 8x5¼ hardcover [3/88] orig $20.68 - out of print/used
Recorded Books UNABR audio CD [5/2005] 3 disks out of prodn/used
French-language original:
Gallimard pb [3/2005] for $14.42
Folio mass pb [3/99] for $11.53

L'Etranger novel audio read by Albert Camus  "L'Etranger de Camus / Lu par Albert Camus"
April 1954 recording by Albert Camus

Ina/Frémeaux & Associés audio CD [4/2003] orig $25.99 - out of prodn/used
"L'Etranger" [2010] by Albert Camus, read by Michael Lonsdale
French & European Publns audio CD [7/2010] 3 disks for $80.96

"Lo Straniero" [1967 Italian feature film]
Directed by Luchino Visconti; starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Karina & Bernard Blier
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

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#31 "Suite Française" [2004] by Irène Némirovsky [1903-42] of France
Published 60 years after their author was gassed at Auschwitz, these two novellas portray city and village life in Nazi-occupied France.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ir%C3%A8ne_N%C3%A9mirovsky
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suite_fran%C3%A7aise_(Ir%C3%A8ne_N%C3%A9mirovsky)

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#91 "The Tale of Genji" [written around 1000 CE, English translation 1882]
by Lady Murasaki [978?-1014?] of Japan
The life and loves of an emperor’s son. And the world’s first novel?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murasaki_Shikibu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Genji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Genji_(1951_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Genji_(1966_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genji_Monogatari_Sennenki

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#17 "Tess of The D’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented" [1891]
by Thomas Hardy [1840-1928]
Sexual double standards are held up to the cold, Wessex light in this rural tragedy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hardy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tess_of_the_d%27Urbervilles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tess_of_the_d%27Urbervilles_(1924_film) lost silent
"Tess of The D'Urbervilles" [1952 TV] /tt1294219/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tess_(film) [1979] by Roman Polanski, starring Nastassja Kinski
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prem_Granth [India 1996] by Rajiv Kapoor
"Nishiddha Nadi" feature film [2000] by Bidyut Chakrabarty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tess_of_the_D%27Urbervilles_(TV_serial) [2008]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trishna_(2011_film)
"The Maiden" short film [2013] /tt3242860/ starring Brittany Ashworth

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #39 "Things Fall Apart" [1958 first novel] by Chinua Achebe
'the most widely read book in modern African literature'
A Nigerian yam farmer’s local leadership is shaken by accidental death and a missionary’s arrival.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385474547/

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#84 "The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires)" [1844]
by Alexandre Dumas [1802-70] & Auguste Maquet [1813-88]
“One for all and all for one”: the eponymous swashbucklers battle the mysterious Milady.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre_Dumas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Maquet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers
There have been at least 25 film & TV adaptations of "The Three Musketeers".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers_in_film

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#56 "The Tin Drum" [German 1959; English 1961] by Günter Grass [b. 1927]
Madhouse memories of the Second World War; key text of European magic realism.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BCnter_Grass
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tin_Drum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tin_Drum_(film)

Tin Drum book   Günter Grass's novel, and the film adapted from it, use the tin drum as the perfect metaphor
for That Little Voice Inside Your Head.

Translation by Ralph Manheim
Knopf/Vintage 8x5¼ pb [1/90] for $12.76
Tin Drum video  "Tin Drum" [Argos/Bioskop 1979]
Co-written & directed by Volker Schlöndorff; German title "Die Blechtrommel"
Criterion color DVD [5/2004] for $24.99
Kino Video widescreen VHS with English subtitles [11/96] for $39.95
Image Ent letterbox DVD with English subtitles [8/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
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#93 "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" [1974] by John le Carré [b. 1931]
Nursery rhyme provides the code names for British spies suspected of treason.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_le_Carr%C3%A9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker_Tailor_Soldier_Spy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker_Tailor_Soldier_Spy_(TV_miniseries) [BBC-TV 1979] starring Alec Guinness
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker_Tailor_Soldier_Spy_(film) [2011] starring Gary Oldman

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listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #1 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  #99 "To Kill a Mockingbird" [1960 bestseller]
by (Nelle) Harper Lee [1926-2016]
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

 To Kill A Mockingbird novel by Harper Lee  As described by his tomboy daughter, an idealistic white lawyer in 1932 Alabama agrees to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, revealing the depths of local bigotry and racism; won 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [7/2014] for $4.73
Grand Central Publng mass pb [10/88] for $4.98
Harper Perennial 7¾x5¼ pb [7/2005] for $8.46
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [5/2006] for $13.43
Heinemann 8x5¾ hardcover [11/99] out of prodn/100+ used
HarperCollins slipcover edition [10/2006] out of print/many used
HarperCollins 8½x5½ hardcover [9/95] out of print/70+ used
Caedmon UNABR audio CD read by Sissy Spacek [8/2006] out of prodn/40+ used

more details (synopsis, history, author, movies, other media) are on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "To Kill A Mockingbird" 1960 Novel & 1962 Movie Page

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#28 "Tom Jones" [1749] by Henry Fielding [1707-54]
full title "The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling"
Thigh-thwacking yarn of a foundling boy sewing his wild oats before marrying the girl next door.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Fielding
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_Tom_Jones,_a_Foundling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Jones_(1963_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bawdy_Adventures_of_Tom_Jones

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#76 "The Trial (Der Proceß)" [1925] by Franz Kafka [1883-1924]
K proclaims he’s innocent when unexpectedly arrested – but “innocent of what”?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kafka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial_(1962_film) by Orson Welles [1915-85]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial_(1993_film) adapted by Harold Pinter

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#20 "Tristram Shandy" [1759-67] by Laurence Sterne [1713-68]
full title: "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman"
Dr. Samuel Johnson [1709-84] thought that Sterne’s bawdy, experimental novel was too odd to last. Pah!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Sterne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_and_Opinions_of_Tristram_Shandy,_Gentleman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Cock_and_Bull_Story [2006]
graphic novel [5/2010] by cartoonist Martin Rowson
stageplay adaptation by Callum Hale and the Micawber Theatre Company [February 2014] in London, U.K.

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#24 "Ulysses" [1922] by James Joyce [1882-1941]
Modernist masterpiece reworking of Homer with humour; contains one of the longest 'sentences' in English literature: 4,391 words.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joyce
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_(1967_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_in_Nighttown Broadway play 1974
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_(broadcast) - 29-hour 1982 radio dramatization
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloom_(film) [2003]

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#47 "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" [1984] by Milan Kundera [b. 1929]
A doctor’s infidelities distress his wife; but if life means nothing, it can’t matter.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Kundera
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unbearable_Lightness_of_Being
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unbearable_Lightness_of_Being_(film) [1988]

The Unbearable Lightness of Being book  "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" [1984]
by Milan Kundera, translation by Michael Henry Heim

A poetic mix of philosophy & fiction, lightness & darkness, constructed like a Beethoven quartet.
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [5/99] for $10.40
Isis UNABR audio [1/99] for $69.95
audio CD [12/99] for $99.95
The Unbearable Lightness of Being video  "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" [Saul Zaentz/Orion 1988]
A beautifully-photographed meditation on love, politics & bliss seen thru an expatriate Czech doctor's reactions to the Russian invasion of Prague in 1968. Co-written & directed by Philip Kaufman; starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche & Lena Olin
MGM/UA color VHS [8/2000] for $14.95
Home Vision widescreen DVD [8/2000] for $25.49
soundtrack CD VHS [8/2000] for $14.95
full credits from IMDb

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #90 "Under The Net" [1954 first novel] by Iris Murdoch [1919-99]
A feckless writer has dealings with a canine movie star. Comedy and philosophy combined.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia

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#51 "Underworld" [1997] by Don DeLillo [b. 1936]
From baseball to nuclear waste, all late-20th-century American life is here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeLillo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underworld_(DeLillo_novel)

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#45 "The Voyeur (Le Voyeur)" [French 1955, English 1958] by Alain Robbe-Grillet [1922-2008]
Did the watch salesman kill the girl on the beach? If so, who heard?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Robbe-Grillet

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#74 "Waiting For The Mahatma" [1955] by R.K. Narayan [1906-2001]
Gentle comedy in which a Gandhi-inspired Indian youth becomes an anti-British extremist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._K._Narayan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_the_Mahatma

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#19 "The War of The Worlds" [1897] by H.G. Wells [1866-1946]
Bloodsucking Martian invaders are wiped out by a dose of the sniffles.

details (history, stageplays, books & ebooks, movies & TV, links, merchandise) on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "The War of The Worlds" 1898 Novel & Movies Page

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#37 "The Warden" [1855] by Anthony Trollope [1815-82]
“Of all novelists in any country, Trollope best understands the role of money.” — W.H. Auden
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Trollope
http://www.anthonytrollope.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warden
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warden_(TV_series)

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RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  #79 "Wide Sargasso Sea" [1966] by Jean Rhys [1890-1979]
Prequel to Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" [1847] giving moving, human voice to the mad woman in the attic.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_Sargasso_Sea_(1993_film)
"Wide Sargasso Sea" contemporary opera [1997]
"Wide Sargasso Sea" BBC Radio 4 10-part adaptation [2004]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_Sargasso_Sea_(TV) [2006]

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GREEN CHECK: listed #37 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  #14 "Wuthering Heights" [1847] by Emily Brontë [1818-48]
Out on the winding, windy moors Cathy and Heathcliff become each other’s 'souls'. Then he storms off.
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuthering_Heights_(1939_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuthering_Heights_(1970_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Bront%C3%AB%27s_Wuthering_Heights
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuthering_Heights_(2009_television_serial)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuthering_Heights_(2011_film)


here on The Telegraph (of U.K.)'s Best 100 Novels List Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
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Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime' Pages
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Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

The B.B.C.'s Top 100 Books List
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