What are the best books of the 1860s?

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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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    #2War 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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    Gustavo Rubio
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This translation is highly readable. It is tough to get an edition that is as expertly done and readable as this one. I know, I know..it's a cliche to say you are reading War and Peace.. But you are You really are. Do this and you'll be glad you did."
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    #3Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a book where wordplay, parody, and logical and philosophical puzzles are everywhere. For all the surface playfulness, there is meaning in every page.

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    Justin Aguilar
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is such a great book!! I am not exactly sure when it was published, but it has certainly stood the test of time and remains a classic!"
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    #4Little 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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    Ruth Rice
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I have always been a fan of classic literature, especially those from the 1800's. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was one that I had heard about and decided to purchase. This book really offered a nice perspective on life during that time and that's what I really enjoy about this genre."
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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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    Austin Morales
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Ok so youve heard of this one and you were probably very intimidated about starting this. This is a hefty book full of drama and life. Its slow paced but needs to be to draw you in the way it does. I finished this fairly quickly and was sad when it was over-not enough to start reading it from the start again. But I do think it is a brilliantly."
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    #6Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.


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    Reyansh Jayaraman
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Great Expectations is a great book of the 1860s"
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    #7The Idiot

    The Idiot
    The Idiot is a philosophical novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in 1869. It tells the story of Prince Lec Nikolayevich Myshkin, who returns to Russia after spending years in a sanatorium in Switzerland.

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    Christian Hoffman
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I might get some hate on this, but I don't really like this book. It's considered a classic, but I found it really boring. It just couldn't keep my interest at all. It didn't draw my in into it's world or characters."
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    #8Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground
    In Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retreated underground, fully isolating himself from society. It exhibits Dostoyevsky's thoughts on society and the human condition.

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    Samantha Reynolds
    Written on May 6, 2018
    ""Notes from Underground" is without a doubt one of the best books of the 1860's. Despite being a considerable time ago, the character exploration proves relevant to this day. One can truly feel the pains of isolation through this well-written classic."
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    #9Fathers and Sons

    Fathers and Sons
    Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev depicts the generational conflict that triggered the Russian revolution: the aristocracy of the old and the radicalism of the young, as personified by the protagonist Bazarov.


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    Crystal James
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Books from over a century ago can still be relevant today, and this novel is a fine example of that. It's theme of generations is told from a Russian perspective, and I find that perspective to enhance my world view."
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    #10Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction novel written by Jules Verne. First published in 1864, this novel centers on the travels of Professor Liedenbrock as he discovered a way to go down the Earth's core. 

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    Bobby Guzman
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Not a sci-fi fan but this book has been one of the top books for over a century. There are a lot of little things about this book such as the setting that makes this book good. Would rate higher but I simply can't get engaged in the premise itself."
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    #11Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a memoir written by Harriet Ann Jacobs, originally published in 1861. It tells the story of the writer's experiences and escape from slavery in North Carolina during the 19th century. 


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    Dorothy Silva
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a true story to tell of a girl's struggle for self identity. It is a true account of history and is one of the best books from the 1860s. It shows how faith can aid in hypocrisy and brutality during an awful time of slavery. "
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    #12Wives and Daughters

    Wives and Daughters

    Written by Elizabeth Gaskell, this novel narrates the life of Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a doctor who has recently lost her husband and who lives in a provincial English town in 1830. The book wasn't complete when Gaskell died, and it was finished by Frederick Greenwood. 


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    Evelyn Gomez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I read Wives and Daughters at the suggestion of a friend. At first I wasn't sure I would like it but it was really interesting. I wouldn't say that it's the best book to come out of the 60's but it's definitely worth reading."
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    #13The Moonstone

    The Moonstone

    The Moonstone is a Victorian mystery novel by Wilkie Collins originally published in 1868. Considered to be the first English detective novel, it tells the story of a large diamond called the Moonstone and the people who aim to have it.


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    Thomas Fuller
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is an old timey mystery. I got it from a bud of mine in Oregon, who's a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. He sends me stuff like this, I think a bit, to see if I'll actually read it. I did. It was entertaining."
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    #14The Mill on the Floss

    The Mill on the Floss

    This book, written by George Eliot, narrates the lives of Tom and Maggie Sulliver, two siblings who live in the village of St. Ogg, near Lincolnshire. Like every work from this author, the book articulates the growing tension between the characters, who have to deal with their feelings and hard circumstances in order to succeed. 


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    Eugene Aguilar
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This sounds like a very interesting book, also maybe very encouraging"


Best What are the best books of the 1860s
1Les MisérablesBooks 42 Paid
2War and PeaceBooks 38 Paid
3Alice's Adventures In WonderlandBooks 36 Paid
4Little WomenBooks 34 Paid
5Crime and PunishmentBooks 32 Paid
6Great ExpectationsBooks 30 Paid
7The IdiotBooks 28 Paid
8Notes From UndergroundBooks 27 Paid
9Fathers and SonsBooks 25 Paid
10Journey to the Centre of the EarthBooks 22 Paid

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