The Top 5 The Greatest Books of All Time
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing
officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the
hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the
novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country
life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion,
the author of Madame Bovary was tried for "offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us
today about Flaubert's devastatingly realized tale of a young woman destroyed by the reckless pursuit of
her romantic dreams is its pure artistry: the poise of its narrative structure, the opulence of its prose and
its creation of a world whose minor figures are as vital as its doomed heroine. In reading Madame Bovary,
one experiences a work that remains genuinely revolutionary almost a century and a half after its

3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon's invasion of
Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian
aristocratic families.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The novel chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age". Following the shock and chaos
of World War I, American society enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s
as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as
mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers and led to an increase in
organized crime.

5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The book is internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject: the
protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle aged Humbert Humbert, becomes obsessed and sexually
involved with a twelve-year- old girl named Dolores Haze.