What are the best books in the Project Gutenberg catalog?

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    #1War 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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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Well now, this certainly epitomizes the meaning of best. This is one of the most classic books in the history of Earth, Written by the legend himself, Mr. Leo Tolstoy. This book kept me highly engaged from start to finish. Could not have been better. "
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    #2Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is a coming-of-age story about an orphan boy named Pip and a colorful cast of characters. This greatly-acclaimed work is Dicken's 13th novel.


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    Shaurya Verma
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Such a classic book. Dicken's is my favorite author. You really feel for and fall in love with Pip. It's required reading for everyone!"
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    #3The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.

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    Ni Zeng
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "One of the greatest works of literature ever that has managed to transcend time. His allegories are more relevant today than ever and had a lasting impact on me. Of course, the book is highly faith based and could get quite boring in the middle but I assure you the journey is worth it. "
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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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    Albert Gomez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice could be considered one of the best books of all time. The story is a classic one."
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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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    Laura Powell
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Dracula is a classic read and still enjoyable to this day. I really enjoyed my time spent with this book! Pondering what makes something a 'monster' is still relevant today although the story line is a bit simple."
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    #6The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest is a satirical play by Oscar Wilde. It tells the story of John Worthing, who pretends to have a brother named Earnest as part of an alter ego, and AlgernonMoncrieff, who pretends to be Earnest.


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    Christian Hoffman
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is some classic comedy. Even though its public domain, it is nice getting this from an official publisher. Especially if you prefer the feel of a real book over electronic ones. "
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    #7The 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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    Lauren Turner
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I often was wondering what the best books in the Gutenberg catalog was, thankfully I have a friend who read some of them and told me about The Picture of Dorian Gray. This is such a riveting book! I couldn't put it down. It makes you think about your own ego in relation to Dorian's. I enjoyed it!"
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    #8The Time Machine

    The Time Machine
    One classic novel and one of the first books of taking time travel and Victorian technology as a thematic instalment. H.G. Wells tells the story of a man that creates a time machine and travels to the future where the world is divided into two different races, the Eloi and the Morlocks.

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    Jin Ding
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The Time Machine is one fo my daughter's favorite novels. She was so obsessed with it she couldn't put it down when she read it the first time. Until now, she has always put it in a special place in her collection of good reads."
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    #9Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Treasure Island is a children's historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that tells the story of Jim Hawkins as he sets off on an expedition in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. Along the way, he endures mutiny and pirate attacks. 


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    Amanda Harvey
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Treasure Island in my opinion is the quintessential adventure story. I remember reading it as a child, and watching a dozen film and television adaptations. It's been imitated, parodied, re-interpreted, and re-invented, but there's only one original, and it will always and forever be a timeless classic."
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    #10Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.


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    Daniel Foster
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Classic tale for all ages. Definitely belongs in the topic category. Didn't know about Project Gutenberg though until now."
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Emily Elliott
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Did you know this book was first published in 1759? Can't say it's the best book in the Project Gutenberg catalog but it sure has been around for a while!"
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    First published in 1914, James Joyce's Dubliners is one of the most well-known short story collections. It is comprised of 15 short stories about life in early 20th century Dublin.


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    Andrea Delgado
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "What took me so long to read James Joyce? It is never too late. In a way I’m glad I waited. My life experience has enhanced my appreciation of this great writer. Don’t listen to those who protest Joyce as “experimental.” They don’t know what they are talking about. Just open your mind and heart and let him in."


Best What are the best books in the Project Gutenberg catalog
1War and PeaceBooks 27 Paid
2Great ExpectationsBooks 23 Paid
3The Divine ComedyBooks 22 Paid
4Pride and PrejudiceBooks 18 Paid
5DraculaBooks 17 Free
6The Importance of Being EarnestBooks 14 Paid
7The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 12 Paid
8The Time MachineBooks 9 Paid
9Treasure IslandBooks 8 Paid
10Anna KareninaBooks 5 Free

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