What's your favourite novel of all time?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MrSmith, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    The question was: What's your favourite novel of all time? I don't mean a good one you've read recently and recommend. I mean one you may have read years ago but that remains your favourite to this day? Such a firm favourite that you don't have to think about it when asked this question. Favourite, of course, implies only one, but if there are more than one in that part of your heart reserved for fine literature let's hear them all.

    And the results are in! Here is the definitive list of MR members' favourite novels of all time! With links to Amazon. A bonus PDF is attached at the bottom for offline decisions (again with links to Amazon). Happy reading folks :)

    1984 (George Orwell)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
    Agony and the Ecstasy, the (Irving Stone)
    Alchemist, the (Paulo Coelho)
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
    All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
    American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
    Animal Farm (George Orwell)
    Artemis Fowl (series) (Eoin Colfer)
    Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
    Awakening, the (Kate Chopin)
    Big Clock, the (Kenneth Fearing)
    Book of Bebb, the (Frederick Buechner)
    Boy/Going Solo (Roald Dahl)
    Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
    Breathing Lessons (Anne Tyler)
    Cannery Row (John Steinbeck)
    Canticle for Leibowitz, a (Walter Miller)
    Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
    Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
    Catcher in the Rye, the (J.D. Salinger)
    Confederacy of Dunces, a (John Kennedy Toole)
    Count of Monte Cristo, the (Alexandre Dumas)
    Da Vinci Code, the (Dan Brown)
    Dark Tower series, the (Stephen King)
    Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
    Dune (Frank Herbert)
    E: A Novel (Matt Beaumont))
    Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
    Enigma (Robert Harris)
    Eugene Onegin (Alexander Pushkin)
    Eye in the Sky (Philip K. Dick)
    Factotum (Charles Bukowski)
    Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Badbury)
    First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the (Stephen R. Donaldson)
    Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
    Foundation Trilogy, the (Isaac Asimov)
    Fountainhead, the (Ayn Rand)
    Gates of Fire (Steven Pressfield)
    God of Small Things, the (Arundhati Roy)
    Godfather, the (Mario Puzo)
    Gold Coast, the (Nelson DeMille)
    Good Earth, the (Pearl S. Buck)
    Grapes of Wrath, the (John Steinbeck)
    Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
    Great Gatsby, the (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
    Great Longing, the (Marcel Möring)
    Ham on Rye (Charles Bukowski)
    Hardwired (Walter Jon Williams)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
    High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the (series) (Douglas Adams)
    Hot Zone, the (Richard Preston)
    House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
    Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
    Ice People, the (La Nuit des Temps) (René Barjavel)
    In the Lake of the Woods (Tim O'Brien)
    In the Skin of a Lion (Michael Ondaatje)
    Instant Enemy, the (Ross MacDonald)
    Jedi Academy Trilogy, the (Kevin J. Anderson)
    Journey to the End of the Night (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)
    Lamb (Christopher Moore)
    Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, the (Vladimir Voinovich)
    Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
    Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
    Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
    Master and Commander (Aubrey–Maturin series) (Patrick O'Brien)
    Microserfs (Douglas Coupland)
    Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
    Moveable Feast, a (Ernest Hemingway)
    Name of the Rose, the (Umberto Eco)
    Neuromancer (William Gibson)
    Oblomov (Ivan Goncharov)
    Of Human Bondage (W. Somerset Maugham)
    Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
    Of Walking on Ice (Werner Herzog)
    On the Black Hill (Bruce Chatwin)
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Patrick Süskind)
    Pictures of Hollis Woods (Patricia Riley Giff)
    Pillars of the Earth, the (Ken Follett)
    Power of One, the (Bryce Courtenay)
    Prophet, the (Kahlil Gibran)
    Revenge of the Lawn (Richard Brautigan)
    Road to Wigan Pier, the (George Orwell)
    Roots (Alex Haley)
    Saigon (Anthony Grey)
    Shogun (James Clavell)
    Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
    Silver Sword, the (Ian Serraillier)
    Six Days of the Condor (James Grady)
    Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
    Sleepers (Lorenzo Carcaterra)
    Starship Troopers (Robert A. Heinlein)
    Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse)
    Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein)
    Tale of Two Cities, a (Charles Dickens)
    Tandia (Bryce Courtenay)
    Tartar Steppe, the (Dino Buzzati)
    Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
    Things They Carried, the (Tim O'Brien)
    This Time Next Week (Leslie Thomas)
    Three Musketeers, the (Alexandre Dumas)
    Through the Looking-Glass (Lewis Carroll)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
    Tortilla Curtain, the (T.C. Boyle)
    Waves, the (Virginia Woolf)
    Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the (Haruki Murakami)
    Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)

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  2. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Without doubt the Aubrey/Maturin series of novels, beginning with Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien. As a lover of period history and an ex-Royal Navy Lieutenant, these books really captivate me. What's great is that if you get into the first one, there are 19 more to look forward to. They are historically accurate as well. Ahh, think I may go and read one now....:p
  3. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    Factotum by Charles Bukowski

    Six Days Of The Condor by James Grady

    and of course,
    Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
    Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
    by the late, great Douglas Adams
  4. Verto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2005
    Denton, TX
  5. jlcharles macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    Wenonah, NJ
  6. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is #1 in my... book.

    There's a ton of others right below it, but I'll just say that one.
  7. furious macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2006
  8. kgarchar macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    That's novel... ;)
  10. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Novels/series I have read more than three times and seem to feel compelled to revisit periodically over the years:

    LOTR+The Hobbit
    All five books of the Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy
    The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
    The Foundation Trilogy

    Individual novels:
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Animal Farm

  11. Mav451 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    No contest for me, "MossFlower" by Brian Jacques.
    (for those that don't know, the prequel to "Redwall")

    In terms of a Sci-Fi series - Jedi Academy Trilogy (Kevin Anderson).

    *the funny thing is that I was definitely reading more back when I was reading these books (4th-6th grade) than I do now...
  12. edcrosay macrumors member


    Oct 27, 2005
  13. OzMo macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2006
    A Tale of Two Cities
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Cannery Row
    The Road to Wigan Pier
  14. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    ooh...good pick. I love that one
  15. Silencio macrumors 68020


    Jul 18, 2002
    Gravity's Rainbow
    Of Human Bondage
    Slaughterhouse Five
  16. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

    John Jacob

    Feb 11, 2003
    Columbia, MD
    I am a great Science Fiction fan, so my favourite novel of all time has definitely got to be:

    1984, by George Orwell (just think about it, 1984 is definitely science fiction).

    Honourable mentions include:
    All the older Asimov and Clarke novels, Dan Simmons "Hyperion" series, and Stephen Baxter's "Evolution".

    EDIT: Carl Sagan's "Contact" is also worthy of an Honourable Mention.
  17. Caezar macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2004
    Between a rock and a hard place
    The Tartar Steppe, by Dino Buzzati
    The Ice People (La Nuit des Temps), by Rene Barjavel
  18. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I don't have one favourite.

    Annual reads:

    Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (all 5 books) - Douglas Adams
    Microsefts, Girlfriend In A Coma and Hey, Nostradamus - Douglas Coupland
    The Divine Comedy - Dante

    Other favourites:
    2001 - Arthur C Clarke
    All Chuck Palahniuk books
  19. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    That's a hard choice. I'd say the "best novel" would have to be A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

    Honorable Mentions:
    A Seperate Peace by John Knowles
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    I also enjoy reading books by Micheal Crichton, John Grisham, Dan Brown, and I hate to say it, but Lemony Snicket.

    Also, Mitch Albom's "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" was a nice read.
  20. wrc fan macrumors 65816

    wrc fan

    Jan 19, 2003
    In a world where LPs are made like pancakes
    The Catcher in the Rye remains my favourite. I remember reading it in high school and how much I related to it. Though I haven't re-read it in the past 5 years or so.

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