Top 10 Books of the Twentieth Century

10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s guide to Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams is a fictional guide for the hitch-hikers. It is a hilarious science fiction piece revolving around two friends Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect. Ford is an Alien and they both, escape the Earth before it is destroyed and end up discovering new and strange places, known as the Universe to us. It is an outrageously funny read, and a very enjoyable book. It is a must read for all science fiction lovers.

The Hitchhiker’s guide to Galaxy was published in 1979 and it sold more than 14 million copies.


9. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Lord of the Rings Triology Books
Lord of the Rings is one of the most famous Fantasy books in the world. The title,  ‘Lord of the  Rings’ is another name given to the antagonist, the Dark Lord, Sauron who created a One Ring Rule to rule over the other rings of power. It is the story about Frodo, the young hobbit’s dangerous journey to destroy the One Ring so that the Middle Earth safe from the wrath of Sauron. J.R.R Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece and is widely read all over the world. It is by far the best Fantasy-Fiction book of all centuries.

Lord of the Rings has been acclaimed as one of the best-selling books of all times with selling more than 100 million copies.


8. To Kill a MockingBird

Kill a Mockingbird
Written by Harper Lee, the story is set in a small Southern town of Alabama, the novel is about a Black man accused of raping a White woman. The story is told by the eyes two kids, Scout and Jem Finch and their father, Atticus who is the lawyer of the accused. It deals with the serious issues like rape and racial but it also contains just the right amount of humor. All in all, the novel is about loss of innocence, pain of growing up, class, racism and justice.

Published on July 11th, 1956, the book was an immediate bestseller and also won Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. In 1999 it was also voted as the “Best novel of the Century”. It still remains a bestseller with more than 30 million copies in print.


7. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

George Orwell Nineteen eighty four 1984
Written by George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four may be classified as a social science fiction or political fiction. It is a terrifying vision of the future where a totalitarian government takes over it’s civilians and watches over all their activities. A government, which is becoming powerful day by day.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is ranked number thirteenth on its list of 100 best English language novels.


6. The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye
Written by J.D Salinger, the Catcher in the Rye is a highly controversial novel because its liberal use of profane language and portrayal of sexuality and teenage angst.  It is a book which deals with the complex and complicating issues of a teenager’s life: belonging, identity and connection. The book is a detailed analysis of a human of himself; an individual’s understanding of his own self –  the society’s attitude towards a human being; It is a psychological battle of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist. All in all, the Catcher in the Rye is a complex book, dealing with a teenager’s life.

Catcher in the Rye has been nominated as one of the best 100 American novels written which sold more than 250,000 copies each year. A first edition copy of the book was sold for about $19,000.

One thought on “Top 10 Books of the Twentieth Century

  1. James Joyce? (Dubliners, A Portrait of a Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses) Valdimir Nabokov? (Lolita, Pale Fire) Theodor Dreiser? (An American Tragedy, Sister Carrie) D. H. Lawrence? (Sons & Lovers. Women in Love, Lady Chatterly’s Lover) F. Scott FiIitgerald ( The Great Gatsby) etc.

    The ten books you list here are light, fun & easy reading. They are a great distance from “the top ten books of the twentieth century.”
    If you want to read a brilliant, witty and scholarly novel of the twentieth century try Vladimir Nabokov’s “Pale Fire.” A true mastertpiece by a brilliant wordsmith.

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