Top 10 Greatest Novels of All Time



wherever there's a cop beating up a guy I'll be there I'll be in the way guys yell on there man with these works of literature authors turned inspiration into a lasting legacy welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top ten greatest novels of all time I always say you got on common level here for a white boy thank you Jim while self-help books and short stories are appreciated our list focuses on novels by one specific author which means the Bible failed to make the cut as did a work like Hamlet which is a play and not a novel I do not know why yet I live to say these things to do number 10 to kill a mockingbird Harper Lee there's no hurry for there's nowhere to go nothing to buy no money to buy it with although Macon County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself pulled by scout as a flashback to her childhood To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of her father morally upright lawyer Atticus Finch who defends an innocent black man against a rape charge and teaches his children about racial equality they never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view written by Truman Capote's childhood friend it was an instant classic that one Harper Lee the Pulitzer Prize Presidential Medal of Freedom and defined a generation in our courts Oh created it equal no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and our jury system that's no idea to me number nine Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Lord and governor of this noble castle my vigil is not yet complete considered the most important piece of writing to emerge from Spain's Golden Age Don Quixote sees a middle-aged man attempt to restore the chivalry he's read about by go on a meandering quest with his trusty squire sancho panza by his side so by the authority vested in me by the order of knighthood I call upon your captain here to release you from tyranny translated into more languages than any other book except the Bible Don Quixote was released in two volumes separated by ten years with shifting moralities perspectives and narrations this tale of honor and romance influenced many novels that followed it including Alexander Dumas The Three Musketeers and Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn number eight in search of lost time Mao said post whoever knew that a Madeleine dipped in tea could stir such memories over 14 years in the early 20th century one writer issued the notion that plot must push a novel along Proust seven volumes of towering prose originally titled allow a shelf do top felled zoo pervaded the collective consciousness of readers with dreamy imagery and reflective prose involuntary memory is the theme at the heart of the novel with human senses guiding the narrative post never stopped adding to his masterpiece until his untimely death but fortunately for readers in search of lost time provides a lifetime of enjoyment O'Kelly new yellow number seven The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger reading the classic mantra of cave ecstasy for rebellious youths worldwide this post world war ii novel offered a protagonist to identify with holden caulfield originated in Salinger's 1946 short story slight rebellion off Madison and he takes us with him after his expulsion from prep school with teen angst and disaffected at its core The Catcher in the Rye was controversial as it featured slang cursing and open discussions of teen sexuality page two my brothers in Hollywood being a prostitute page three what a phony slob his father was the most banned book in the u.s. between 1961 and 1982 it anti-establishment themes inspired a new wave of global writers and resulted in a cult following for the reclusive author Young Hinkley the whiz kid who shot Reagan and his press secretary said if you want my defense all you have to do is read Catcher in the Rye number six Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain I sure would like to be going somewheres come on up let's go after first appearing in the 1876 classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer social outcasts Huck Finn appeared eight years later in one of America's most controversial novels based in a fictional Missouri town Huckleberry Finn takes us on a descriptive and educational trip along the Mississippi River accompanied by a runaway slave Jim I don't let revita taste of freedom and now being a slave again and II feel so so very bad let's get on to Cairo Hook please written in colloquial speech Twain's novel was occasionally banned for its coarseness and critique of the South however it's sometimes satirical exploration of racism and societal pressures in pre-civil war America opened the door for endless debate regarding ethical and cultural conflicts why'd you come and get me you're my friend Jim number five Lolita Vladimir Nabokov listen didn't you then you have a daughter then you have a daughter with a lovely name yeah lovely what was it now a lovely lyrical lilting name like Lolita to be a young woman in the 1950s meant displaying the proper amount of grace beauty and respect for elders Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov flipped the script on such ideals with his 1955 classic about a young temptress and the older man who desired her 38 39 40 41 42 43 4 45 46 while critics often debate the predatory instincts of the characters Lolita opened up international dialogue on sexual abuse literary morals and the comedic wordplay of Nabokov initially banned in parts of Europe it was adapted by film director Stanley Kubrick thus ensuring a lasting legacy in both media you're not bound to him in any way as you want bound to me by everything that we have lived through together you and I I'm going to have his baby in three months number four the great gatsby f scott Fitzgerald how do you do a sport I'm Gatsby one of America's most beloved novels was born in the roaring 20s painting an opulent picture of life in the imagine town of West Egg Long Island Gatsby is a story about the fleeting nature of the American dream okay what's your opinion of me anyhow I hadn't really thought about with the enigmatic Jay Gatsby and his fixation with Daisy Buchanan at its center Fitzgerald's story of new money and love lost was not an immediate hit only selling 20,000 copies in its first year but following World War two the story of flapper culture was reborn and found its way into high schools and popular culture you can't repeat the past can't repeat the past of course you can number three war and peace leo tolstoy you know why I'm going to the war you think it's because I think that Napoleon is a monster do you think that I believe that we have any business fighting Austria's battles 2,000 miles from home you think that I think Russia will be a greater nation when this war is over why are you going because I'm married to one of the most loving and honorable and attractive women in Moscow and I can't stand it long before the word epic became associated with viral videos it was the perfect way to describe this 1869 Russian novel of incomparable power Tolstoy undertook astounding historical research for war and peace acutely examining the French invasion of Russia while at the same time blending history with fiction into a work that defies categorization oh where you going to the army they hope to make a stand against Napoleon at Borodino with the narrative structure sometimes replaced by philosophical musings war and peace studies what drives people during the best of times and the worst of times as they strive to discover the meaning of life weighty themes but lasting ones what do you think it represents I think it can only represents either the sincere wish of His Majesty desire to avoid war and to prevent the shedding of both Russian and French blood number two Madame Bovary Gustav feel their joy was discouraged misery was forbidden they were trying to break me like a horse while all publicity didn't necessarily equal good publicity for first-time authors in mid 19th century France it did work out well for one celebrated novelist I'm not frightening you it's all you stop flow valve 18:56 tale of rural life and bourgeois aspirations caught the attention of readers but the sexual conquests of its leading lady rubbed many the wrong way I have loved I have a lover the French author was ultimately acquitted of any wrongdoing as the focus shifted to his tight narrative structure exquisite details and juxtaposition of reality versus imagination I feel no remorse suffer no guilt fear nothing you have poured yourself into my heart and love comes streaming out with each extraordinary sentence flow bath piece together a novel of endless fascination for readers there's nothing left for you before we crack the spine on our top pick here are some honorable mentions one ring to rule them all to the past or to the future turn age when thought is free from the age of Big Brother from the age of the thought police such a bit it'll be thrown away so much English scholarship is for want of knowing what's been done by the rest of the world what do you mean I met him in that the Germans have taken the lead in historical enquiries everything I do I do it for you anything that might be special in me is you there number one anna karenina leo tolstoy along with what he called his first true novel coal story not only pierced the collective consciousness of his native Russia he also developed techniques that inspired literary realism and writers worldwide as soon as we hear about the divorce we get married and then you won't have to talk to yourself in he'll only set against the transformation in Russian culture occurring in the late 1800s Anna Karenina is on the surface a story of infidelity and self-examination with family faith and death anchoring the plot as well why did I give ELISA all this jolly life but what pioneering the use of stream of consciousness to sinuously weave together tenuously associated thoughts Anna Karenina is an astounding display of realism that stands as the supreme giant of literature come on Anna is something wrong no no I have to go to the station Lingle died on a peasant Jenny I'm sorry don't bother goodbye do you agree with our list what's your favorite novel of all time for more mind-blowing top 10s published every day be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com Revathy Oh you

46 thoughts on “Top 10 Greatest Novels of All Time

  1. best written = logic and ending is great (mostly non-fictional)

    sadly there are only a handful that are good… and no GoT is not in it nor Lotr nor harry potter they all have shit ending and broken systems

  2. With regard to To Kill A Mockingbird, this video recapitulates a view all too common nowadays–and all too incorrect, I think. TKAM is not strictly a race novel. Tom Robinson doesn't come into it until halfway through the novel. It's about how Scout and Jem come to realize Atticus is an extraordinary man simply because he is a good man who tries to follow his conscience. Everything revolves around that. Going to school for the first time, Dill, Aunt Alexandra, Mrs. Dubose, Mrs. Maudie–it all revolves about Scout and Jem growing up and learning to appreciate Atticus.

  3. Some more suggestions:
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
    The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    Matilda by Roald Dahl

  4. The Bible did not make “the cut” because it is NOT a novel. Furthermore, from a theological perspective it DOES have ONE author, God.

  5. I know I'm not adding anything new to the conversation but "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell might have deserved something. At least the movie production was GREAT.

  6. Catcher In The Rye is my most hated book that I ever read. Not because of vulgarity, as I am a fan of profanity when used to affect or to an effect. The profanity in that book just seemed to be used for mere shock value. Also, love how you quoted the beginning of Tale of Two Cities for one of your list but failed to even list it in your honorable mentions. It would have been a far better entry for this list.

    I know you get plenty of these complaints about choices but my hatred of CITR is just a hill for me to die upon.

  7. 😢😢ok…Thomas 🎇Wolfe/ "Can't Go Home Again
    F.Dostoyef sky/Brothers K….Malcolm Lowry/" Under the Volcano "/Normain Mailer.." Executioner'sSong
    "Moby Dick"/Pickwick Papers"/" The Moonstone"
    Jack Kerouac./ "Doctor Sax"James Joyce/" Finnegan's
    Wake"…………James Not e.. "Ulysses…..all the Curious George books

  8. Replace one of the list with 1984. Keep Great Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn. Stick to one novel per author. Delete War and Peace. Brothers Karamazov merits an Honorable Mention.

  9. Top 10 greatest novels in whose opinion? Obviously none of the people who have posted comments here (Including me). These top 10 lists are basically meaningless. Why, for example, are Huckleberry Finn, Catcher In The Rye or Lolita greater works than A Passage To India, The Old Wives Tale, The End Of The Affair, Quiet Flows The Don, Sons And Lovers, The Alexandria Quartet, Slaughterhouse 5, East Of Eden and The Bostonians?

  10. Where is the Bible,Bhagavad Gita,Quran,Torah,Tripitaka,which has influenced these10 books to a greater or lesser extent.

  11. TIME HEALS WOUNDS THEY TIME TAKES THE"PAIN AWAY I WONDER WGY IT NEVER HAPPENED FOR ME ???????? IT IS YEARS SINCE YOU WEBT AWAY,??????????? DO THE HEART ACHE ADD UP ALL DROP THE ACES WHERE THEY FALL.

  12. Not surprised, but I do wish that Raymond Chandler was on the list. Ot could've been The Big Sleep as long as it got him on here. The metaphors and similes, the comparisons to knights, the language, the environment. The only author to come close in my opinion is Michael Connelly.

  13. "The Great Gatsby" should be number one. "Great Expectations" and "1984" should definitely have been on there.

  14. I know that the European/English culture is way bigger and older than the South American, but Cien Años de Soledad (Hundred Years of Solitude) or Rayuela should've made a place on this list.

  15. 'the fuck is Stephen King's It it was the biggest best seller of it's time and you can't deny it fuckin fantastic.

  16. Okay Madame Bovary, a la recherche de la temps perdue, anna karenina and to kill a mockingbird last. This is the worst list ever.

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