The 100 Best Books Of All Time

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Those who passionately love books cherish the dream of reading the best books of all time while still they are alive. Making a list of best books whether in fiction or non-fiction is a controversial and difficult task as tastes and opinions of people vary from one another.

“The World Library is a list of the 100 best books, as proposed by one hundred writers from fifty-four different countries, compiled and organized in 2002 by the Norwegian Book Club. This list endeavours to reflect world literature, with books from all countries, cultures, and time periods. Eleven of the books included on the list are written by women, eighty-five are written by men and four have an unknown author.

Each writer had to select his or her own list of ten books.

The books selected by this process and listed here are not ranked or categorized in any way; the organizers have stated that “they are all on an equal footing,” with the exception of Don Quixote which was given the distinction “best literary work ever written.” The following list organizes the works alphabetically by author” (Source: wikipedia)

The List

1) To the Lighthouse

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2) Memoirs of Hadrian

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3) Mrs Dalloway

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4) Leaves of Grass

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5) The Mahabharata

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6) The Aeneid

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7) The Ramayana

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8) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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9) The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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10) Anna Karenina

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11) War and Peace

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12) Gulliver’s Travels

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13) Confessions of Zeno

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14) Tristram Shandy. Laurence Sterne

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15) The Red And The Black

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16) Oedipus the King

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17) Othello

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18) King Lear

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19) Hamlet

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20) Blindness

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21) Season of Migration to the North

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22) The Bostan of Saadi (The Orchard), Books I and II

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23) Midnight’s Children

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24) The Masnavi

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25) Pedro Paramo

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26) Gargantua and Pantagruel

27) In Search of Lost Time

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28) Tales

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29) The Book of Disquiet

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30) The Metamorphoses

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31) Nineteen Eighty-Four

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32) Lolita

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33) The Man Without Qualities

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34) The Tale of Genji

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35) Beloved

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36) History

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37) The Essays

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38) Moby-Dick

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39) The Magic Mountain

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40) Buddenbrooks

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41) Children of Gebelawi

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42) Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

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43) Pippi Longstocking

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44) The Golden Notebook

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45) Leopardi: Poems

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46) Independent People

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47) Sons and Lovers

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48) Zorba the Greek

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49) The Sound of the Mountain

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50) Abhijana Sakuntalam

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51) The Castle

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52) The Trial

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53) The Complete Stories

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54) Ulysses

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55) A Doll

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56) The Odyssey

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57) The Iliad

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58) The Old Man and the Sea

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59) Hunger

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60) The Tin Drum

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61) Dead Souls

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62) Faust


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63) Love in the Time of Cholera

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64) One Hundred Years of Solitude

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65) Gypsy Ballads

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66) A Sentimental Education

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67) MADAME BOVARY

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68) The Sound and the Fury

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69) Absalom, Absalom!

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70) Medea

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71) Invisible Man

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72) Middlemarch

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73) The Brothers Karamazov

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74) The Possessed

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75) The Idiot

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76) Crime and Punishment

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77) Berlin Alexanderplatz

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78) Jacques The Fatalist

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79) Great Expectations

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80) Nostromo

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81) Anton Chekhov-Stories

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82) The Canterbury Tales

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83) Don Quixote

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84) Journey to the End of the Night

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85) Paul Celan: 70 Poems

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86) Camus: The Stranger

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87) Wuthering Heights

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88) Ficciones

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89) The Decameron

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90) Molloy, Malone Dies, the Unnamable: A Trilogy

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91) Le Pere Goriot

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92) Pride and Prejudice

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93) Njal’s Saga

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94) One Thousand and One Nights

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95) The Book of Job

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96) The Epic of Gilgamesh

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97) The Divine Comedy

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98) Fairy Tales

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99) Things Fall Apart

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100) The Devil to Pay in the Backlands (“”The Devil in the Street, In the Middle of the Whirlwind”)

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