What are the best 20th-century novels according to Joachim Scholl?

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    #1The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Rodrigo Valle
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "this is a great book that is set in one of my favorite times so read this now you'll enjoy"
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    Considered one of the greatest 20th-century novels written in English, James Joyce's Ulysses pulls from Greek Mythology to create a modern version staring Ulysses as he journeys through 20th century Ireland. 

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    Mary Gomez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "If you can actually make it through Ulysses from start to finish, you will not be disappointed. This book has earned its place on nearly every top 100 list. It can sometimes be a challenge for all readers, but it is one of the best novels to come out of the 20th century."
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    #3Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Vihaan Patil
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The book has some pacing problems and some sections were difficult to get through. However, I mostly enjoyed reading the book and the characters involved in the story. Would recommend for people interested in something new. "
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    #4On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 

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    Eric Hayes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "On the Road is an amazing piece of work and generally considered to be the best work to come out of "The Beat Generation" writers. It has led to countless real-life road-trips in the quest for self discovery. Cannot recommend highly enough."
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    #5Pippi Longstocking

    Pippi Longstocking
    Pippi Longstocking is a children's book by the Swedish writer Asterid Lingren. It tells the adventurous story of the titular Pippi, a nine-year-old girl with freckles, red hair in pigtails, and superhuman strength.

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    Robert Myers
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Pippi Longstocking is sort of an annoying character but you learn to love her. This story is one you'll always enjoy a bit in your heart and you'll eventually pass on to your children. Definitely one of the better books for the 20th century."
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    #6The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Brian Kelley
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book was required reading in one of my high school classes. I wasn't much into reading at the time so I mostly skimmed it and asked a friend to fill me in on the gist of it enough so I could pass the class. Now, being older I thought I might go back actually read some of the books we were supposed to read in classes. I started with this one. It seems to be mostly incoherent rambling by some kid. Why would this ever be required reading? I'd rather read a copier instruction manual and I'd probably get more enjoyment from doing so."
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    #7Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Walter Perkins
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I may not be Joachim Scholl but I am a huge fan of this book. If you haven't read this classic you should check it out."
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    #8All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

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    Jennifer Rogers
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "All Quiet on the Western Front is an absolute classic and fits in to "the best" of 20th century novels swimmingly. Remarque paints such a vivid picture of what a solider in World War I had to experience and makes the reader feel as if they are experiencing it right along side the other soldiers. Remarque hits the reader with every emotion imaginable with this stunning novel. Definitely a book for the ages."
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Paul Medina
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Not sure if this really relates the the topic. Not sure what the connection is between Joachim Scholl and the solution however the book itself isnt that great anyway."
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    #10One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.


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    Evelyn Carter
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Any one who considers themselves a lover of fine literature should absolutely read this remarkable book. Scholl's wonderful facility with language and the artistry with which he tells his story is truly a joy to read. This book is right up there with the best-known, most-loved classics in my opinion. This translation really captures and preserves the original beauty and magic of the language. Scholl covers the breadth of the entire human experience in one single novel, and it absolutely required reading material for any thoughtful reader."
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    Nausea is a dramatic existentialist modern novel written by the philosopher, critic, and novelist icon, Jean-Paul Sartre. It was originally released in 1938 and won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature.


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    Jason Cooper
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Nausea was one of the first truly philosophical works I ever read and it's remained one of my favorites. Sartre has a very unique way with words. While I don't agree with everything he's saying, I definitely understand where he's coming from and I find that to be the mark of a great writer."
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    #12The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.


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    Alan Hopkins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book was considered to be one of the best 20th century novels recommended by Joachim Scholl, but I just couldn't get into it. The characters were lacking depth and the plot felt kind of lazy. I wouldn't read it again. "


Best What are the best 20th-century novels according to Joachim Scholl
1The Great GatsbyBooks 42 Paid
2UlyssesBooks 37 Paid
3Midnight's ChildrenBooks 37 Paid
4On the RoadBooks 35 Paid
5Pippi LongstockingBooks 31 Paid
6The Catcher in the RyeBooks 30 Paid
7Gone with the Wind Books 27 Paid
8All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 25 Paid
9SteppenwolfBooks 23 Paid
10One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 21 Paid

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