What are the best books related to France?

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    #1Adventures on the Wine Route

    Adventures on the Wine Route
    Adventures on the Wine Route is Kermit Lynch's recounting of his experiences in France, which take the reader through the Loire, Bordeaux, the Languedoc, Provence, Northern and Southern Rhone, and the Cote d'Or.
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    Anonymous
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "THE FRENCH, THE WINE, NEED I SAY MORE? :)"
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    #2To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette

    To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette

    To The Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette is a biography book written by Carolly Erickson that aims to paint one of the most iconic figures in European history in a new light. It was first published in July 2004.

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    Anonymous
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Of course, when you say France, at one point later in the conversation, you will say Marie Antoinette! This book is a little darkly written, but very informative. It is well researched and I think it clarified a lot of my doubts. A very good coffee table book. Buy it, read it and impress your friends!"
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    #3Madame 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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    Anonymous
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "As someone who is not really a fan of romance, I don't really like this book, but after reading reviews I think it is a good novel. Everyone will enjoy this one. "
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    #4The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic novel by the acclaimed French writer, Victor Hugo. It tells the story of Quasimodo, a disfigured hunchback who rings the church bells at Notre Dame, and the gypsy Esmeralda who changes his life.

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    Anonymous
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Wait, why is this only fourth on this list? Everyone knows this is almost synonymous with French culture, especially literature! This book deserves to be second at least!"
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    #5Candide

    Candide
    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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    Anonymous
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "It's hard to go wrong with a classic, especially with a classic written by the famous French Enlightenment author, Voltaire. So this is a really good solution. I just wish many people see it as I do and upvote it. This is one of the pioneers in lambast satire and probably paved way for writers long before it was first published in the 1700s! I read about this in college and haven't forgotten about it yet. "
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    #6Pierrot Mon Ami

    Pierrot Mon Ami

    Pierrot Mon Ami is a French literary fiction written by Raymond Queneau, translated by Barbara Wright, and an Afterword by Inez Hedges. First published in 1942, this book is published in 1989 by Dalkey Archive Press.

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    Tiffany Lee
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book transports you to a time and place full of life experiences that we all should feel. It was hard to put this book down. Life can give you incredible serendipitous encounters and this book is a great example of those encounters. "
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    #7Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
    Pierre Aronnax, the narrator of the story, is a French marine biologist who, along with some members from his crew, joins the expedition in charge of finding and destroying a sea monster. When they finally find the monster, they find out that it really is a huge submarine commanded by Nemo, who holds them hostages in order to keep his secret, and they all start visiting places from all over the planet.




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    Justin Johnson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love any thing French. However, I draw the line at literature. The book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is just a mess and almost unbearable. If you can make it through this one, you are better then I."
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    #8The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first book in the historical series The Scarlet Pimpernel written by Emmuska Orczy which centers on a man who defies the French revolutionaries to rescue innocent people from famine. 

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    Marcela Muñiz
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I had to read a book on France for one of my college classes, so I picked up The Scarlet Pimpernel and I was so pleasantly surprised! I thought I would be bored but this story about French revolutionaries is very interesting! "
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    #9City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light is a historical fiction book written by Marge Piercy which centers on Danton and Robespierre, along with actress Claire Lacombe and chocolate maker Pauline Léon.

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    Catherine Martin
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "City of Darkness, City of Light is set in France"
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    #10Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman
    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman is a classic biography written by Stefan Zweig. This book is translated by M. Eden Paul and Cedar Paul. First published in 1932, this book is published in 2002 by Grove Press.
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    Julia Castañeda
    Written on April 21, 2018
    " The Portrait of an Average Woman is a dramatic account of the guillotine's most famous victim, from the time when as a fourteen-year-old she took Versailles by storm.the story design artistically and loving."
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    #11The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette

    The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette

    The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette is a historical photo book written by Marie-France Boyer and with photos by Francois Halard. It gives a deeper look into the life of the iconic French queen, from her jewelry to her bedroom and to her gardens.

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    Anthony Davis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is excellent for those who love insight into french culture and people. i love reading about this queen and how life in france used to be."
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    #12Dirty Snow

    Dirty Snow

    Dirty Snow is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Frank Friedmaier who became a killer. It is first published in 1948 and NYRB Classic reprinted in 2003. 

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    Peter Schultz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Dirty Snow is one of the worst French noir novels I've read to this point. The author does a terrible job portraying the killer and the story is boring beyond comprehension."
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    #13L'Immortel

    L'Immortel

    L'Immortel is a French humorous fiction written by Alphonse Daudet. This fiction novel is first published in 1888. 

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    Yi Chen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This author is also a playwright. 22 Bullets, the movie, was adapted from L'Immortel. The premise of the book is a that retired mobster is shot by his former childhood friend and left for dead. He then goes out for revenge with 22 bullets in his body. If you like books with action, this is it."
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    #14The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Kees Popinga. It is first published in 1938 and New York Review of Books reprinted in 2005.

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    Russell Peters
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This involves France, but It isn't really focusing on France, so it isn't the most pertinent. I would recommend something else."
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    #15Monsieur Monde Vanishes

    Monsieur Monde Vanishes

    Monsieur Monde Vanishes is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Monsieur Monde. It is first published in 1945 and New York Review of Books reprinted it in 2004.

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    Michelle Howard
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This sounds like it would grab my attention and hold it"
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    #16The Strangers in the House

    The Strangers in the House

    The Strangers in the House is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Hector Loursat. It is first published in 1940 and NYRB Classic reprinted it in 2006.

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    Rodolfo Blanco
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I love to read books about France. I find it interesting one country could have such little military success. The Strangers in the House was no different. THis was a mystery fiction and really felt like it was getting its point across quite quickly. I found this book to really be a tale of surprise as well."
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    #17Pedigree

    Pedigree

    Pedigree is a French mystery war fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Andre Gide after World War I. It is first published in 1948 and NYRB Classic reprinted it in 2010.

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    Olivia Thompson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This was a good book for me. But then I love France, and tend to like stories in this time period."
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    #18The Widow

    The Widow

    The Widow is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of a widow Tati and a killer Jean. It is first published in 1942 and NYRB Classics reprinted it in 2008.

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    Albert Howell
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Widow is the story of two outcasts and their fatal encounter. One is the widow herself, Tati. Still young, she’s never had an easy time of it, but she’s not the kind to complain. Tati lives with her father-in-law on the family farm, putting up with his sexual attentions, working her fingers to the bone, improving the property and knowing all the time that her late husband’s sister is scheming to kick her out and take the house back."
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    #19The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac is a French noir mystery fiction and the sixteenth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is first published in 1932 and Penguin Books reprinted it in 2007.

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    Evelyn Lawson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I feel like this solution does try to give me what I want. It stays on topic and does it's best to give me what I asked for so overall this is good."
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    #20The Yellow Dog (Maigret)

    The Yellow Dog (Maigret)

    The Yellow Dog is a French mystery fiction and the sixth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is about human nature. It is first published in 1931 and Penguin reprinted it in 2006.

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    Larry Keller
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book relating to France. This mystery novel is really top notch. This book instantly grabs the reader during the first few pages and you will find it hard to put down. An intriguing plot and characters will have you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommended!"
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    #21A Man's Head (Maigret)

    A Man's Head (Maigret)

    A Man's Head is a French noir mystery fiction and the fifth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is first published in 1931 and Penguin Books reprinted it in 2006.

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Best What are the best books related to France
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Adventures on the Wine RouteBooks 13 Paid
2To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie AntoinetteBooks 11 Paid
3Madame BovaryBooks 10 Paid
4The Hunchback of Notre DameBooks 9 Paid
5CandideBooks 8 Paid
6Pierrot Mon AmiBooks 7 Paid
7Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The SeaBooks 5 Paid
8The Scarlet PimpernelBooks 4 Paid
9City of Darkness, City of LightBooks 4 Paid
10Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average WomanBooks 2 Paid
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