What Are the 10 Best Novels of All Time?


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According to The Greatest Books, the top 10 novels of all time include: "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust; "Ulysses" by James Joyce; "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes; "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville; and "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. Rounding out the bottom five are: "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy; "The Odyssey" by Homer; "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Dante's "The Divine Comedy" and "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert.

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The Greatest Books generates its list by using 107 best-book lists and an algorithm to determine how many times a particular book appears on each list. Each list receives weight based on certain criteria, and it is then ranked before being plugged in to the algorithm.

Another list of the top 10 books of all time was complied in 2007 when J. Peter Zane, a book editor, asked 125 well known authors to makes lists of their favorite books. After looking over these lists, Zane compiled an ultimate top 10 based on a ranking system. This system awarded points to each book depending on where it fell in each author's list. The ultimate top 10 for this list contains the following books: "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy; "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert; "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy; "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov; "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. The bottom five include: "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare; "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust; "The Stories of Anton Chekhov" and "Middlemarch" by George Eliot.

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