The 10 Greatest Books of All Time125 of the greatest living writers were askedto select their top 10, and then produced afinal list of the ten greatest books everwritten.This is a list of the top 10 fictional books ofall time – needless to say, if you have notread these books, you probably should.
10. Middlemarch • Middlemarch is consideredGeorge Eliot by many scholars to be one of the most important novels of the Victorian era. It was written by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) and was first published in 1871 to 1872. It is set in the 1830s in Middlemarch, a fictional provincial town in England, based on Coventry.
9. The Stories of Anton • Anton Chekhov was aChekhov Russian short story writer and playwright. He was born in Taganrog, southern Russia, on 29 January 1860. His originality consists in an early use of the stream-of- consciousness technique, combined with a disavowal of the moral finality of traditional story structure.
• I appreciate the great artistic merit8. In Search of Lost Time in Proust’s writing, but I have to beMarcel Proust honest and say that I have never managed to get more than half way through the first book of this multiple-book novel. I found it extremely slow paced and boring. This is Proust’s most prominent work, it is popularly known for its extended length and the notion of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the “episode of the madeleine” in which he describes in great (boring) detail.
7. The Great Gatsby • I agree with the inclusionF. Scott Fitzgerald of this book – it is one of my favorites and one of the best examples of Fitzgerald’s writing. The Great Gatsby is a tale from the Jazz age of Gatsby – a wealthy man whose life is surrounded by mystery. A brilliant read.
• It is no surprise that6. Hamlet Shakespeare is on the list.William Shakespeare • Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, probably written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle for murdering Hamlet’s father, the King, gaining the throne through this treachery, and subsequently marrying his mother.
5. The Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn • It is good to see such a greatMark Twain book for the younger generation on the list. Huckleberry Finn is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is also one of the first major American novels ever written using Local Color Regionalism, told in the first person by “Huck” Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer (hero of three other Mark Twain books).
4. Lolita • Lolita was first written inVladimir Nabokov English and published in 1955 in Paris. The novel is both internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject: the book’s narrator and protagonist Humbert Humbert becoming sexually obsessed with a twelve-year- old girl named Dolores Haze.
3. War and Peace • War and Peace was firstLeo Tolstoy published from 1865 to 1869, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy’s two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world’s greatest novels.
2. Madame Bovary • The novel focuses on aGustave Flaubert doctor’s wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel’s true art lies in its details and hidden patterns.
1. Anna Karenina • Anna Karenina is widelyLeo Tolstoy regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered this book his first true novel. Although most Russian critics panned the novel on its publication as a “trifling romance of high life,” Fyodor Dostoevsky declared it to be “flawless as a work of art.” Tolstoy’s style in Anna Karenina is considered by many critics to be transitional, forming a bridge between the realist and modernist novel.