What are the best books in the 1950s?

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    #1Lord 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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    Ryan Burns
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Lord of the Flies is a classic. One of the best books in the 50s."
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    #2The Chronicles of Narnia

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal.

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    Angel Sengupta
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Chronicles of Narnia are a lifelong favorite. I was a child of the 60's, but my mom used to read them to me. I read them to my kids. They ignite the imagination and stand the test of time."
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    #3The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago and his supreme ordeal with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway. 

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    Carl Gray
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "The Old Man and The Sea is an Ernest Hemingway favorite of mine. It was written in the 50's, and was quite a memorable story from the late writer."
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    #4The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Dr. Seuss. It tells the story of Dick and Sally, two children who can't find anything to do on a rainy day... Until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears.

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    Richard Thompson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think many won't deny that The Cat in the Hat is a masterpiece of children's literature. I think a good case can be made that it's one of the great books of the 1950s as well. I definitely consider the book in that light!"
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    #5Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in the series The Chronicles of Narnia. The story is about the King's Voyage, the people he met during his adventure and his realization that the world's end is only the beginning. 

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    Ángel Saucedo
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "If you like nostalgia this a book for you. I wanted to hit my sweet spot with the novels of the 50s and Voyage of the Dawn Treader was perfect for me. This was such an interesting reader."
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    #6The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Jason James
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This classic book is a wonderful read and keeps you involved with the characters along the way. The journey is exciting as is the plot. A great book!"
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    #7Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.

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    Marie Davis
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "First published in 1958, this classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe has sold more than 20 million copies and has been translated into fifty-seven languages. This is absolutely a one of the best books in the 1950's."
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    #8Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories is a collection of short stories by Truman Capote. Aside from the well-known story "Breakfast at Tiffany's," it includes "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory."

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    Rachel Carr
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Truman Capote was a genius. There isn't much more to say than that. The novella "Breakfast At Tiffany's" and the three short stories in this collection are a brilliant and compelling picture of human nature. Capote strikes the notes between quirky, uncommon people and their actions and simple touching stories. His characters aren't quite lovable (not people you would want to invite over to dinner with the folks) but they are nevertheless very human and often touching, not off-putting. Breakfast At Tiffany's is much grittier than the rather sanitized Audrey Hepburn-George Peppard film version. The final story in the collection,"
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    #9The Crucible

    The Crucible

    The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller tells the story of Abigail Williams, who was wrongfully charged with witchcraft in 17th century Salem. The story was inspired by the persecution of communists in the US during the McCarthy era.

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    Harry Pierce
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Crucible is such a classic story and very well wroth reading. I had a really nice time reading this story again. I think this story has a great perspective on the happenings back in the 17th century. Good read."
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    #10The End of the Affair

    The End of the Affair
    The End of the Affair is a book by Graham Greene that tells a story of an unrequited love between Maurice and Monica. They parted ways and when they met again, Maurice will become obsessed with her. 
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    Judith Bryant
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Beautiful story of conversion and the human heart.The setting during the war make the book even more real and touching. Best book for the 50's works here."
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    #11Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Carol Barnett
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "With only 120 pages you will fly through book quickly. The subject matter(Holocaust) is heavy, but it is excellently written. This is the best book about events in World War 2 (1950's) I have ever read."
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    #12Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
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    Reyna Velasco
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This amazon page is easy to navigate and find information. I could easily find the information of when this book was published and see it met the criteria for a book in the 1950's. "
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    #13Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers is a standalone classic horror fiction novel written by Jack Finney which centers on Dr. Miles Bennell after he discovers a horrifying plot. This is first published in 1955. 

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    Justin Porter
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A classic horror story that has stood the test of time. I watched the movie the Invasion of the Body Snatchers a while back and was curious about how it differed from the book. It's about the state of conformity and how our society reacted to communism at the time."
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    #14The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a classic mystery thriller fiction and the first book in Ripley series written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1955 by Vintage/Random House. 

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    Linda Hernandez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a classic everyone should read. It's part of a series and I recommend reading it all. Nice summer book for the beach."
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    #15The Blunderer

    The Blunderer

    The Blunderer is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1954 by W. W. Norton Company.

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    #16Deep Water

    Deep Water

    Deep Water is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1957 by W. W. Norton Company.

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    Israel Zamora
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "good quotes for pepole"
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    #17A Game for the Living

    A Game for the Living
    A Game for the Living is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1958 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 
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    Jose Jordan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "A Game for the Living" as a birthday present for a friend of mine, and he really enjoyed it a lot, Even if this book has been written 60 years ago, it's still fresh and very entertaining. My friend suggest it to everyone that loves thriller fiction novels."
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    #18Jubilee Trail

    Jubilee Trail

    Jubilee Trail is a historical romance fiction novel written by Gwen Bristow. This Western adventure fiction book is first published in 1950. 

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    Ken Gong
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "There were a lot of great books published in the 1950s, and I'm not going to put Jubilee Trail among the best of the best. As a timepiece, though, I'd recommend this novel to fans of historical romance and the Western genre. "

Summary

Best What are the best books in the 1950s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Lord of the FliesBooks 26 Paid
2The Chronicles of NarniaBooks 22 Paid
3The Old Man and the SeaBooks 21 Paid
4The Cat in the HatBooks 18 Paid
5Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 16 Paid
6The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 14 Paid
7Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 11 Paid
8Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three StoriesBooks 9 Paid
9The CrucibleBooks 7 Paid
10The End of the AffairBooks 4 Paid
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