What are the best basic works according to the Turkish Ministry of Education?

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    #1Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 

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    Jeffrey Newman
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I've been searching for a great historical story for quite some time now. I've always heard of Les Misérables but it's length was daunting. After purchasing this text I've been able to easily keep track of everything in the story thanks to the flawless translation and study tid bits contained in this book. I can't recommend it enough!"
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    #2Madame 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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    Jessica Hansen
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a classic! You should definitely read it sometime in your lifetime."
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    #3A 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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    Alan Marshall
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I always look to government agencies in order to learn what works of literature are classic and basic works. Due to the recommendation by the Turkish Ministry of Education, I was able to read A Tale of Two Cities. When reading this iconic story, I learned quickly why this book was so widely regarded as it is an interesting story on aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess. "
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    #4Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Anna Soto
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "The Turkish Ministry of Education has suggested a lot of works to read but I think the best that they have suggested is probably Of Mice and Men. This book has a lot of principals that it can teach readers about life and differing perspectives."
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    #5Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.


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    April Zheng
    Written on May 17, 2018
    " a series of supremely dramatic scenes that talk of conflicts at the heart of human existence. mostly our desire for self-expression and self-fulfillment against the constraints of morality and human laws. our agonized awareness of the world's harsh injustices and of our own mortality, as against the mysteries of divine justice and immortality."
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    #6Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 

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    Raymond Davidson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book retells the classical story of Don Quixote. It's not too hard of a read, and the story is of course extremely memorable. I think the book is of decent quality. They didn't skimp on the binding or the cover, so you can read the book without ruining it. "
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    #7The Republic

    The Republic
    The Republic is one of the most famous works of the Greek philosopher Plato. Written around 380 BC, the book is a Socratic dialogue in which an ideal state is defined. Is considered one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory.

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    Kimberly Obrien
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is a great gift for anyone who is into history or philosophy. A nice coffee table book that would be picked up time and time again."
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    #8For Whom the Bell Tolls

    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a book by Ernest Hemingway. Widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s.

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    Bobby Butler
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I am always intrigued to learn about things I don't know about. I was looking for basic stuff according to the Turkish and their education system. For Whom the Bell Tolls is a great book that fits this. It's about an American who fought guerrillas during the spanish war. It's really worth reading and I couldn't put it down. "
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    #9War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.

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    Jason Austin
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a nice novel that I would say could be called a good basic work according to the Turkish Ministry of Education. The only problem though is that I could not find the actual opinion of the Turkish Ministry of Education."
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    #10White Teeth

    White Teeth

    White Teeth is a contemporary fiction novel written by Zadie Smith which is about the story of two North London families during the World War II. This tackles about faith, race, gender and culture. 


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    Alexander Mills
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Zadie Smith's novel 'White Teeth' was given to me as a gift. I am a little embarrassed to say that I hadn't read it before then. It is a fantastic novel that deals with everyday life from various cultures. It is funny, sad, heart-warming, and heart-wrenching at turns. It is easy to see why this is on theTurkish Ministry of Education's list of best works. My only question is why isn't it on every best of list."


Best What are the best basic works according to the Turkish Ministry of Education
1Les MisérablesBooks 40 Paid
2Madame BovaryBooks 29 Paid
3A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 28 Paid
4Of Mice and MenBooks 10 Paid
5Crime and PunishmentBooks 8 Paid
6Don QuixoteBooks 7 Paid
7The RepublicBooks 6 Paid
8For Whom the Bell TollsBooks 4 Paid
9War and PeaceBooks 2 Paid
10White TeethBooks 1 Paid

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