Any list of the ‘top’ 100 works of fiction is merely subjective. The contents of such a list depends on the tastes and erudition of its compiler.
To give you somewhat of an insight into my background, and thus my selections, by profession I am a keeper of a fine library and special collections devoted to the earth sciences. In my personal life, I am an avid reader and collector of, almost solely, works of fiction. …
See the article for the list and a supplementary list. Here are the first ten:.
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Postscript by David Archibald:
I am privileged to know Mr Plattes, who graciously undertook to apply his considerable erudition to compiling this list.
Once again it is a list that eschews self-improvement through suffering. Thus no Dostoyevsky, no matter how profound his insights into the human condition might be. Inexplicably there is also no Nabokov or J.D. Salinger, two of the most lyrical writers in the English language.