What are the best 100-year-old books?

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    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.


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    Carl Arnold
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Dracula is a classic book that has captured the attention of millions. I found the horror work to be a great read and found my time reading the book insightful into the brutality of the human condition. While Dracula isn't my favorite book nor would I put it in my top ten list of books, it's still a great read full of twists and turns and insights into mankind. "
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    #2Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.


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    Tyler Wade
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a wonderful writing. It has inspired many women since it was written. All ages can learn from it, too."
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    #3The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.


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    Brian Larson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "one of the best for sure, everyone should read this"
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    #4Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.


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    Lori Richardson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice is a remarkable novel. Published over 200 years ago, it's still captivating, even enough so that they made a movie about it."
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    #5Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.


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    Stephen Bailey
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "While I am not a huge fan of mushy romance stories I actually like this timeless classic love story I mean its kind of also a gang war story as well."
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    #6Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    #7The Awakening

    The Awakening

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin was first published in 1899, and at the time shocked the readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. The novel is also still widely admired today for its literary qualities.


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    Theresa Armstrong
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Awakening is the story of wealthy and unhappy Edna Pontellier. She lives in New Orleans though the story opens when she is vacationing on the Louisiana coast with her husband and their two young sons. Her husband is portrayed as a stuffy bore and the children as always wanting something. At the summer resort she meets a variety of people. Her close friend is very conventional, pregnant again, and would sacrifice anything for her children. Another female vacationer is a pianist and an unconventional single woman. She offers an alternative view of life for a woman. Edna falls in love with the resort owner's flirtatious son Robert Lebrun. When she returns to her daily life in New Orleans, Edna is despondent. She misses Robert and she is unhappy being a wife and mother. She tries to carve out some independence with her painting. When her husband leaves on an extended business trip, she has an affair with a notorious womanizer. She ends the affair on her own terms. Still unhappy and unfulfilled, she rents a small house which she intends to live in on her own. Her husband is appalled, but he is mainly concerned about appearances. In a move worthy of today's best spin doctors, he makes arrangements to renovate their house in order to explain his wife living elsewhere. In the meantime, Robert returns, sparks fly, and he leaves again. Edna returns to the coast alone."
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    #8A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.


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    Janet Carr
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "A Tale of Two Cities is a classic book still relevant in today's times. It is critical of both overzealous change and of a wealthy upper class, both problems we see today in our country."
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    #9The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the first book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum which tells the story of Dorothy and her dog named Toto after they find themselves stranded in the fantastical Land of Oz. 


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    Anna Diaz
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If ever if ever a great book there was, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one because, because, because, because, because, because! Because of the wonderful things it does! I love this book. My kids love this book. My grandkids are gonna love this book. "
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    Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, this book written by George Eliot is a study of provincial life, where many important life aspects are involved, like the status of women, religion or marriage. Despite being set in a fake town, there are several historic events involved with the plot, like the 1832 Reforming Act or the death of King George IV. 


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    Harry Mitchell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "While I can not say this was my favorite book, it was a really good read. The mixture of real events and a fake town was an interesting twist, which made the book feel original. The pacing was good and the story never lost focus. I was reading it at work and a co-worker noticed. She asked about the book and was interested in it, so I decided to read it with her. In the end we loved the book and the experience it offered."
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    #11The Crime of Father Amaro

    The Crime of Father Amaro
    The Crime of Father Amaro is a novel set in Portugal written by  Eça de Queirós and translated by Margaret Jull Costa. The Crime of Father Amaro was published by New Directions.


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    Ethan Smith
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Crime of Father Amaro was a revelation to this reader. It's not just breathtakingly satirical and (as other readers have noted) cynical, but it manages to combine this with real wisdom and compassion (a difficult trick to pull off, since cynicism is so often heartless); and (in this superb translation by Margaret Jull Costa) comes across as wickedly stylish and inventive in terms of its language. The range of characterization is masterly; and what I particularly liked was the way in which our sympathies change as we read on. Father Amaro appears more sinned against than sinning for about the first half of the book: we feel genuinely sorry for his social isolation and angry at the injustice of his enforced celibacy. But then, when we discover how selfish and corrupt he has become, while still acknowledging that society IS at least partly to blame, we gradually stop feeling that his actions are in any way justifiable. The tragic consequences of his behaviour come with a chilling suddenness and savagery, and there is a wonderfully ironic final section set some years later, which ferociously condemns not just Father Amaro himself but the whole of Portuguese society at this time. And how topical this book seems at a time when the Catholic Church is rent by scandals of a related kind!"
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    #12The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice is written by William Shakespeare which centers on Bassanio trying to win the test of Portia's father in order for him to be able to marry her, and if he fails he might never marry her. 


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    Irma Camacho
    Written on April 18, 2018
    " The Merchant of Venice was one of the books that my friend told me that I had to read at least once. To him, this was a Shakespeare classic and was better than Romeo and Juliet. I was eager to read this and when I did, it blew away my expectations! I would rec this to anyone who wanted a classic Shakespeare story but wanted better than the usual."
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    #13A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classic romantic fantasy play by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare. It features love stories of mythological creatures like Theseus and Hippolyta. 


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    Lauren Castro
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The illustrations in this book are incredibly lovely. I know there are many "Shakespeare for kids" books out there ~ but rather than purchasing those generic box sets on groupon, etc-- I have taken the time to carefully select only the *best* retellings for our home library, book by book. The retelling that makes it to our home library must be a book that will captivate the imagination with depth of illustration as well as excellent word choice. This book is my "top pick" for the retelling of Twelfth Night!! It's really tooooo bad that it is out of print. I paid a pretty penny to snag a used copy for my home library ~ but entirely worth it to call it our own!"
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    #14Madame Bovary

    Madame Bovary
    This all-time literature classic tells the story of Emma Rouault, a young woman who marries Charles Bovary, a country doctor. Things don't go well for her, as she expected to live a life full of pleasures and luxuries, and not even giving birth to her own daughter made her excited about something. Everything changes when she meets Rodolphe, who will take her into a spiral of pain and suffering. 


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    Philip Dunn
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Perhaps it would be best if I knew French and read the original. The story was utterly and ridiculously depressing, so it was hard to see this as an example of literary perfection. Should have reread Pride and Prejudice."
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    #15Amor de Perdição

    Amor de Perdição

    Amor De Perdicao is a fictional romantic novel set in Portugal written by Camilo Castelo Branco. Amor De Perdicao was published on December 1, 2004 by Luso-Brazilian Books.


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    Sarah Jensen
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Amor de Perdicao is a romance fiction novel that was written by Camilo Castelo. Branco. This book was first published in December of 2004. It was actually written over 100 years ago and features superb writing. "


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1DraculaBooks 0 Free
2Little WomenBooks 0 Paid
3The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 0 Paid
4Pride and PrejudiceBooks 0 Paid
5Romeo and JulietBooks 0 Paid
6Wuthering Heights Books 0 Paid
7The AwakeningBooks 0 Paid
8A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 0 Paid
9The Wonderful Wizard of OzBooks 0 Paid
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