What are the best books by Nobel Prize-winning authors?

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    #1A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.
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    #2One 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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    Eric Mitchell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I love magic realism. I think it's a wonderful and creative alternative to "traditional fantasy" - that is, the Tolkein, the Rowling, the CS Lewis types. There's nothing wrong with them, but so many followers of theirs ultimately find their setting a bog-standard medieval fantasy world with elves in the forest, dragons in the sky, and orcs on the horizon. One Hundred Years of Solitude is different - its magic is low key, easily missed at first, and discovering it and everything else in the story is a pure joy. Buy it!"
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    #3The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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    Samuel Soto
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Such a timeless novel! So good that we read it and teach it in our schools, well that is appropriate since this is one of my favorites. Takes place during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression, a truly magnificent look at how life was back then, and how people coped with hardships and adversity. "
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    #4The Good Earth

    The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Good Earth is about the life of a poor Chinese farmer. Through drought and flood, Wang Lung and his family, as do other peasant farmers, struggle to make ends meet.

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    Frank Beck
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "The good earth is written by Pearl S. Buck. The Good Earth is about the life of a poor Chinese farmer. Through drought and flood, Wang Lung and his family, as do other peasant farmers, struggle to make ends meet. The book is available in Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, Audiobook, CD and Kindle versions."
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    #5The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain is a satirical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Thomas Mann. Set before World War I, it tells the story of Hans Castorp, who goes to a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps and stays for seven years.

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    Diana Castillo
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This seems like such a wonderful book. And I love the setting in the Swiss Alps. While I enjoy having a hardback book, it can be loaded on my phone to read whenever I do have a chance. This book is appropriately priced as well. A must read of everyone interested in World War 1."
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    #6As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her family and her wish to be buried in Mississippi, her hometown. This novel is narrated in the perspectives of many characters including when Addie is still alive. 

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    Jacqueline Lawson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a good story. As many others have mentioned, there are a lot of characters to follow and it gets confusing, but it is still worthwhile. The story is interesting and allows for the characters to develop and the reader to get involved and invested in the future of them. I would recommend it for anyone, especially someone who hasn't read Faulkner before."
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    #7Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak tells the story of the eponymous Yuri Zhivago, Tonya, Lara, and Pasha. Set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution, the book is rife with commentary on the political struggles of the time.
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    Philip Grant
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Wow I didn't know this."
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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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    Kelly Shaw
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I personally think that this is on Hemingway's best books. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerrilla unit in the mountains of Spain. It is a story of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. I think it will be worth your time. "
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    #9Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is published in 1936. This book tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who finds wealth and marries in order to have children to be his heir someday. 

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    Michael Robinson
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "While I admit it's well written, this book is incredibly boring. There are a lot of great books with a southern setting but this is one of the worst. The characters don't grow on you at all and the pace of the story is incredibly slow."
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    #10Pavilion of Women

    Pavilion of Women

    Pavilion of Women is a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Pearl S. Buck. It tells the story of Madame Wu, who retired from the marriage bed, found a concubine for her husband, and took control of her own life.

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    Lauren Rivera
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Pearl S. Buck works are basically all classics, but I would place Pavilion of Women low on my list of favorites from Pearl, so hard to put the book among the top of all Nobel Prize winners."
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    #11Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.

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    Zachary Duncan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Easily one of the best and most chaotic books written by a Nobel Prize winner. This book encapsulates the primal desire for survival and highlights many of the flaws in a group run by kids. A very good read if you've never read it before."
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    #12One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a classic Russian historical fiction novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It was first published as Novy Mir in 1962 and translated by H.T. Wells in 1991. 

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    Christopher Davidson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "What a brutal world he had to live in. It's just unimaginable to think that conditions like this existed, but I guess the world and particularly Stalin's Russia was a different place back then. The translation is really good too. Everybody should read this."
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    #13Narcissus and Goldmund

    Narcissus and Goldmund

    Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse is a historical and philosophical fiction novel published in 1930. This book tells the story of Goldmund's search for the 'meaning of life' and his friendship with a brilliant teacher - Narcissus.

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    Crystal Shi
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I loved this book. It is intellectually challenging, but not overly so. I have read this book three times and each time I got something different from it. I could visualize medieval life within the pages of this book and I got to explore the duality of human nature in the relationship of these two friends. I would recommend this book to everyone. A timeless classic read. "
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    #14Nausea

    Nausea

    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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    Eugene Ortega
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This i a really good nobel prize winning book. This was a really good solution."
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    #15Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Daniel May
    Written on May 12, 2018
    ""Beloved" represents a well above-average pick for this particular category. This work is considered very well crafted, enlightened, emotionally engaging, and true to the history of slavery and its effects upon both slaves and their masters. This work was ultimately developed in to a major motion picture of the same title. This book has been awarded very high ratings by a wide variety of readers, and most consider it a timeless read. "
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    #16Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Gabriel García Márquez which follows the love story between lovers Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. 

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    Jacob Long
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "It's not hard to see why the man won his Noble for literature. His writing style is rather unique and not in a bad way! In fact, I loved this book, down to its last page and highly recommend it to others."
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    #17A Quiet Life

    A Quiet Life

    A Quiet Life is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of Ma-chan a young woman who feels like an outsider in her own family and who must rise up to become the head of their household. It was published in 1997 by Grove Press.

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    William Hill
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I love the plot and description of, A Quiet Life is an uncanny blend of the real with the imagined, of memoir with fiction. A Quiet Life is narrated by Ma-chan, a twenty-year-old woman. Her father is a famous and fascinating novelist; her older brother, though severely brain damaged, possesses an almost magical gift for musical composition; and her mother's life is devoted to the care of them both. Ma-chan and her younger brother find themselves emotionally on the outside of this oddly constructed nuclear family. But when her father accepts a visiting professorship from an American university, Ma-chan finds herself suddenly the head of the household and at the center of family relationships that she must begin to redefine. I would like to read this book."
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    #18A House For Mr. Biswas

    A House For Mr. Biswas

    A House for Mr. Biswas is a satirical novel by V.S. Naipaul, first published in 1961. It is the book that put V.S. Naipaul's name on the map, eventually leading to his getting awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001.

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    #19African Laughter

    African Laughter

    African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe is the award-winning memoir written by Doris Lessing. It was released in 1993 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007. It is about the author's trips to Zimbabwe in the 1980s and 1990s.

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    Jesse Willis
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I would have liked even a little bit of the story line. When I clicked the link i got all the information I needed but this was not originally in the solution. "
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    #20A Personal Matter

    A Personal Matter
    A Personal Matter is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual who is trapped in a failing marriage and whose ideal world is shattered with the birth of his brain-damaged child. It was published in 1994.
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    Tammy Weber
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Nobel Prize winners are known for having amazing life stories. Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is no exception. His novel "A Personal Matter" is a captivating look at the story of Bird, as he struggles in his marriage and tries to cope with the birth of a brain-damaged child. A dark story, this novel is not meant to life spirits but rather to detail a hard struggle. This novel kept me hooked page after page as I felt a deep to connection to each of the characters."
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    #21An Echo of Heaven

    An Echo of Heaven

    An Echo of Heaven is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of a woman who is a strong and independent force who has large physical appetites and who is looking for inner peace. It was published in 2000 by Kodansha.

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    Donna Turner
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The strong female character is inspiring in this book. It was breathing to read all she went through in search of inner peace. This author always provides books that make you think."
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    #22Hiroshima Notes

    Hiroshima Notes

    Hiroshima Notes is a nonfiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of the Hiroshima Bombing and its horrifying legacy and aftermath. It paints a portrait of devastation and grief. It was published in 1996 by Grove Press.

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    Alice Willis
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a devastating book that helps you to really get a good grasp on the horrors of what we did with those bombings. I'd always kind of known they were awful, but I'd never realized how awful they were until I read this. Not for the faint of heart."
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    #23Eleven Short Stories / Undici Novelle

    Eleven Short Stories / Undici Novelle

    Eleven Short Stories/Undici Novelle (A Dual-Language Book, English and Italian Edition) is a dual language book by Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello. It contains his original Italian stories with English translations on facing pages. 

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    Aanya Pawar
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I love the way this was put together. How it has the translations along with the original Italian. I know a little Italian, so it helped me to look at both together. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend."
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    #24The Pinch Runner Memorandum

    The Pinch Runner Memorandum

    The Pinch Runner Memorandum is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of a nuclear family in Japan and it follows the bizarre odyssey that the father and son embark on. It was published in 1993 by M.E. Sharpe.

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    Joseph Austin
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Pinch Runner Memorandum is a Japanese novel that follows the strange story and odyssey of a father and son. The characters and settings are magnificently crafted and I found the story to be extremely engaging. If you're looking for something different to read, this is a novel you should try."
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    #25Rouse Up O Young Men Of The New Age

    Rouse Up O Young Men Of The New Age

    Rouse Up O Young Men Of The New Age is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of K, a famous writer who must deal with his not so perfect family and learn to live with a brain-damaged child. It was published in 2003 by Atlantic.

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    Matthew Patterson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Japanese authors usually appeal to deep thinking types. Unfortunately, this book is not interesting. The quality is low. It's an annoying book."
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    #26Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, Prize Stock, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, Aghwee the Sky Monster

    Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, Prize Stock, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, Aghwee the Sky Monster

    Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: Four Short Novels is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe which contains a collection of some of his best works which display his original vision. It was published in 1994 by Grove Press.

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    Vincent Holland
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is an incredibly complex book and not one for the faint of heart, nor for people who are only looking for something simple. It is, however, very rewarding if you can make it all the way through. "
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    #27Silent Cry

    Silent Cry

    Silent Cry is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of two brothers, Takashi and Mitsu who return home to their village from Tokyo, and who must confront their family history. It was published in 1998 by Kodansha.

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    Alexander Gilbert
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Silent Cry is a great novel about two brothers and their journey when they return to their home village. It tells the tale of how they must deal with their history."
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    #28Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship

    Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship
    Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship is non-fiction book written by Nobel laureate for literature, J.M. Coetzee. This collection of essays tackle censorship by the state and people's reactions to it.
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    David Carter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "best books by Nobel Prize-winning authors"
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    #29Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids

    Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids

    Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of fifteen teenage reformatory boys who are evacuated to a remote mountain village during the war and who are left to themselves. It was published in 2000.

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    Alicia Gallardo
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids was very violent and contained a lot of visualizations of gore.I did not like it and do not recommend it. "

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Best What are the best books by Nobel Prize-winning authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Farewell To ArmsBooks 33 Paid
2One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 31 Paid
3The Grapes of WrathBooks 29 Paid
4The Good EarthBooks 27 Paid
5The Magic MountainBooks 26 Paid
6As I Lay DyingBooks 25 Paid
7Doctor ZhivagoBooks 23 Paid
8For Whom the Bell TollsBooks 22 Paid
9Absalom, Absalom!Books 20 Paid
10Pavilion of WomenBooks 19 Paid
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