What are the best books set in Paris, France?

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    #1The 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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    Angela Wilson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is a classic. Character development could be a bit better, but overall the plot was interesting and flowed smoothly. "
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    #2A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.


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    Yolanda García
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "It is really a good book. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it."
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    #3The Three Musketeers

    The Three Musketeers
    The Three Musketeers is a classic novel by French writer Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of D'Artaganan, a musketeer in training, and his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. This book popularized the phrase "one for all and all for one."

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    Larry Mendoza
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I would read this book because I love the Three Musketeers. The page mentions it is set in seventeenth century France and it is highly rated."
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    #4The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Esther Saldaña
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Wonderful classic! The story and characters are so amazing."
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    #5A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast tells the story of American author Ernest Hemingway when he was young in Paris during the 1920s. It also shows his apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. 


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    Aaron Day
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If you need a book set in Paris this is a great one. It takes place in Paris and many people like it. "
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    #6Les 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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    Debra Vasquez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book fits the topic perfectly. It is set in France and it is a classic and historical novel. I recommend this to anyone looking for a book set in Paris."
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    #7Suite Française

    Suite Française

    Paris, 1940. Is the beginning of the Nazi occupation. This is a remarkable story about men and woman under hard Nazi France and how they learn to live with the enemy. A classical book by Irène Nemirovsky.


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    Margaret Walters
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This novel, though well written, felt like too much of a history novel and was sometimes hard to stay interested in and follow. I felt like the main story was largely overshadowed by the author's coverage of WWII. So, unless you're a history buff looking to read different WWII perspectives, I wouldn't recommend this one. Man, this was exceedingly dull, though the description and title sounded promising at the outset! Can't see anyone picking this up except if it is required reading. "
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    #8All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.

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    Ana María Alarcón
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Beautifully written historical fiction for the YA market sounds like a no-brainer from a parent or teacher standpoint, but the novel is enjoyable for adults too. The characters draw everyone in."
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    #9Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins tells the story of Anna, a high school student in Atlanta who is about to embark on her senior year. She has a great best friend, a cool job, and a budding romance when suddenly her father sends her to boarding school in Paris, where she meets Étienne. He is almost perfect but taken... What will happen? Will she find love in Paris and have a true French kiss, or will she go back to her Atlanta sweetheart? 


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    Juan Phillips
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love everything french. I visited twice in my life. When I can't be there I fantasize about being there through books and movies. I just got Anna and the French Kiss. It helped me fantasize about living the story in the book. I was happy to read it."
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    #10Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key is a historical fiction novel by Tatiana de Rosnay which is about the life of 10-year-old Jewish girl named Sarah and then after 60 years, journalist Julia Jarmond unearths Sarah's story.


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    Vihaan Patil
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Sarah's Key is a lovely glimpse into the life and journey through Sarah's days in France. The writing is very vivid and paints a beautiful picture of the era in France and the interactions/relationships she encounters. A great story."
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    #11The Perfume Collector

    The Perfume Collector

    The Perfume Collector is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Kathleen Tessaro which centers on newlywed Grace Monroe trying to discover the identity of Madame Eva d’Orsey after receives an inheritance from her. 


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    Dennis Alvarez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If drama and intrigue in the romantic city of early-1900s Paris, France interests you, this historical imagining of the time and the mystery it holds and will certainly draw you in. The story bounces around western Europe a bit, so it is not entirely set in Paris; but much of the book focuses on a young woman's search for clues on a mysterious woman through the city, so fans of the genre should enjoy it."
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    #12The Wanderess

    The Wanderess
    The Wanderess is a fictional, gothic, and mystery novel written by Roman Payne that follows the story of Saul as he pursues a young orphan girl named Saskia. This fifth novel revolves around the love story, heroism, and friendship.

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    Emily Liu
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Roman Payne is a deeply talented writer who knows how to draw in the reader. I was especially gripped by the narration. This book will appeal to readers of gothic fiction, especially stories set in Europe."
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    #13The Paris Wife

    The Paris Wife

    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain is a fictional romance book. This book was published in 2011. This book narrates a poignant plot on the interrelation of ambition and betrayal.


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    Matthew Gray
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "In the city of love, Paris, France; a housewife finds herself down on luck with find the right partner for herself, until a dashing gentlemen, Earnest Hemingway, meets her by chance in the library. The two share a deep, evocative sense of romance and help one another discover their strengths and the ability to overcome their individual weaknesses. This poignant tale of love invokes a sense sincerity and a sense of youthful bliss of the past."
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    #14A 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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    Jacqueline Cooper
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "One of my favorite classics on my shelf. This is a noir mystery set in Paris, where the author does a good job of keeping us guessing who the guilty party is all the way through the novel. When you're like me and enjoy a good guessing game of "Who dunnit?" this book is a delicious treat. Especially when you couple it with Maigret's actions and thoughts during story, you're in for an enjoyable ride through the streets of Paris."
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    Paris by Edward Rutherfurd is a fiction book that shows the culture and history of France. This book was published in 2013. This book was written with impeccable research to combine facts with fictional characters.


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    Eugene Phillips
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "this is a good book if you are interested in paris. it shows the history and more information about it. it's very interesting to read."
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    #16Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is a historical fiction novel by Therese Ann Fowler. It is a book inspired by the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, an American socialite and the wife of the renowned author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.


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    #17Lilac Girls

    Lilac Girls
    Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is a fictional narration regarding the good mix of impeccably researched facts on the World War II and fictional creative characters. This book was published in 2016.

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    Brandon Smith
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "People tell me this is a 'woman's book' but as a man, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very good writing and real characters. Dialogue is often great. The writer touches on universal human themes very well without having it be too much or too flowery."
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    #18Mademoiselle Chanel

    Mademoiselle Chanel

    Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner is a mix of fictional history of France and poignant written characters. This book was published in 2015 to help teach readers to embrace heartbreak despite fortune and fame.


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    Kevin Fang
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Mademoiselle Chanel was such a boring book! It's supposed to be set in a fictional history, but it's somehow more boring than the real setting. How many times can the tired "orphans makes a new life for themselves" trope be used? The book just drags and drags hitting all the same story beats you've read in countless books already, and it ends without having managed to say a single thing."
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    #19The Tree of Love

    The Tree of Love
    The Tree of Love is a historical romance fiction novel written by Barbara Cartland. This book is about the Marquis of Kenworth and Shenda who became his new ward. It is first published in 2010. 

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    Patricia Ford
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Barbara Cartland is the original, much-esteemed author of countless bodice-rippers. Ms. Cartland developed an algorithm to create her novels, and this style of writing has been handed down to numerous other authors of trite "romantic" stories. While this book, "The Tree of Love", may have been set in Paris, France, there is just no way on Earth this can be categorized as "best books set in Paris, France". Try pushing that line on French people who live in Paris and see what happens next. Just be ready to duck!"


Best What are the best books set in Paris, France
1The Hunchback of Notre DameBooks 56 Paid
2A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 51 Paid
3The Three MusketeersBooks 48 Paid
4The Count of Monte CristoBooks 46 Free
5A Moveable FeastBooks 44 Paid
6Les MisérablesBooks 41 Paid
7Suite FrançaiseBooks 40 Paid
8All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 37 Paid
9Anna and the French KissBooks 33 Paid
10Sarah's KeyBooks 32 Paid

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