Agnes Warner


In terms of encouraging independent thinking, it might be argued that a curious mind could do worse than start with exploring the novel. With regard to this, the following is a personal, subjective list of literary suggestions ( in no real particular order ) for a curious thinker to start

1) The Waves Virginia Woolf

2) Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes

3) Catch 22 Joseph Heller

4) Finnegan’s Wake James Joyce

5) Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys

6) In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust

7) A Severed Head Iris Murdoch

8) Money Martin Amis

9) Brave New World Aldous Huxley

10) To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee

11) Watt Samuel Beckett

12) The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Laurence Sterne

13) Nostromo Joseph Conrad

14) Candide Voltaire

15) Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

16) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark

17) The Woman of the Dunes Kobe Abe

18) Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

19) A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

20) The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

21) Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

22) Ethan Frome Edith Wharton

23) Silas Marner George Elliott

24) Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

25) A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O’Connor

26) Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

27) The Outsider Albert Camus

28) Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

29) The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Gertrude Stein

30) The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

31) Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift

32) Berlin Alexanderplatz Alfred Doblin

33) On the Road Jack Kerouac

34) We Yevgeny Zamyatin

35) Song of Solomon Toni Morrison

36) Frankenstein Mary Shelley

37) The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

38) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Ann Bronte

39) The God of Small Things Arundati Roy

40) Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

41) Lord of the Flies William Golding

42) I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

43) Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

44) Oroonoko Aphra Behn

45) Germinal Emile Zola

46) Animal Farm George Orwell

47) The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera

48) The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri

49) Les Miserables Victor Hugo

50) Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

51) The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

52) Housekeeping Muriel Robinson

53) Lanark Alisdair Gray

54) Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie

55) Possession A. S. Byatt

56) Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy

57) An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro

58) The Magus John Fowles

59) The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow

60) Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

61) Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

62) Life and Fate Vassily Grossmann

63) Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller

64) Pastors and Masters Ivy Compton Burnett

65) The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann

66) Austerlitz W. G. Sebald

67) Song of Achilles Madeleine Miller

68) The Mandarins Simone de Beauvoir

69) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

70) Emma Jane Austen

71) July’s People Nadine Gordimer

72) Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee

73) Fear of Flying Erica Jong

74) The Sorrows of Young Werther Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

75) The Colour Purple Alice Walker

76) The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

77) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

78) The Village by the Sea Anita Desai

79) Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray

80) Ague Agape William Gaddis

81) The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence

82) The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac

83) Little Women Louisa M. Alcott

84) Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

85) Regeneration Pat Barker

86) Half of A Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

87) The Castle Franz Kafka

88) Atomised Michel Houellbeq

89) True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey

90) An Awfully Big Adventure Beryl Bainbridge

91) The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman Angela Carter

92) The Lives and Loves of a She Devil Fay Weldon

93) Obasan Joy Kogawa

94) The Famished Road Ben Okri

95) The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner

96) Fools Gold Maro Douka

97) The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith

98) The Ginger Man J P Donleavy

99) The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing

100) What I lived For Joyce Carol Oates

Agnes Warner

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