What Are the Best Fiction Books of All Time?

From novels penned by great American authors to books that broke boundaries and made a cultural impact, here are the top seven best fiction books of all time that you should read:

Ulysses by James Joyce

Although not an easy book to read, Ulysses‘ 18 chapters (structured like Homer’s Odyssey) and Joyce’s complexity to discuss religion, adultery, and nationalism have made this 1920 book a masterpiece and the best novel of the 20th century.

The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age story told through the eyes of cynical 16 years old Holden Caulfield.

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald portrays Jay’s struggles of chasing the past and changing the future within the landscape of America’s post-war economic boom.

1984 by George Orwell

Although the “future” of 1984 has passed, the themes of this book still resonate over 70 years later.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The lead character, Offred, is a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a society where women are oppressed and are valued only for their reproductive capabilities.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The story revolves around Atticus Finch, a sympathetic and just lawyer, and his two daughters and their journey of understanding the world’s injustices.

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