What are the best books with an alienation theme?

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    #1King Lear

    King Lear

    King Lear was too old and tired to reign anymore, so he decided to divide his realm among his daughters: the two eldest daughters flattered him, and they were rewarded properly, but the youngest child, Cordelia, expressed her true feelings towards him, and was disinherited, what ultimately made the King lose his mind. 


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    David Douglas
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If you're looking for the best books with an alienation theme, King Lear might be an okay solution. It's about a king who was too tired to reign any longer, so he divided his realm amongst his daughters. One of his daughters expressed her true feelings towards him and alienated her from the family. "
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    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 

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    Dylan Hudson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Hamlet is a classic play that details the theme of alienation. This is my favorite work of Shakespeare. The plot and the characters will really draw you in."
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Jose Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I fell in love with the novels of Hermann Hesse as a high school student, at least as far as I was able to understand them. One of the elements I was most immediately attracted to back then was the prominent theme of alienation from the modern world. Hesse's focus in Steppenwolf, and his depiction of a moody, intelligent, searching young man, left a lasting impression on me, and may do the same for you. "
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    #4The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 


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    Carl Flores
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If you're into alienation at all, then the level of emotional isolation this book provides is right up your ally. This book gave me an "on the edge of my seat" type of anxiety, that was enjoyable, if that makes sense."
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    #5The Book of Disquiet

    The Book of Disquiet

    The Book of Disquiet is a classic Portuguese literature fiction written by Fernando Pessoa. This philosophy book is first published in 1982. 


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    Martha Gray
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa is somewhat strange, alienating, and existential. I was drawn to it because the story has a Kafta like style to it. Most of the time, it seems the writing is more like poetry with its beautiful lyrical prose and memorable disconnected reflections. If you are looking for something simple, feel good and logical, this is not it. But if you enjoy complex ruminations about the absurdity of life and how mankind fails to understand its own existence, then this is worth a read."
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    #6The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Samantha Patel
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye was one of my favorite books that I had to read in high school. I remember a lot of my classmates hated assigned reading, but this book was beautifully written. "
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    #7Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Written by Tennessee Williams, this book narrates the story of Big Daddy Pollit, a cotton tycoon who lives in his Mississippi plantation with his family. The book focuses mainly in the relationship between his eldest son, Brick, and his wife Maggie, also known as 'Cat'.


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    Diana Huang
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I really love how this book explores alienation in a unique way. Tennessee Williams did a great job really allowing you feel that emotion. "
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    #8Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline is a fiction novel originally published in 1932. This book entails the idiocy and hypocrisy of society through the author's point of view.


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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Mario Cordero
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "1984 is a fictional book that is well written and intriguing as well. At first when I started reading the first pages, it did not move me much but as I continue reading, I became more interesting and fun to. It really made me think of how our government has become degraded. Its an awesome book that will keep you busy."
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    #10To the Lighthouse

    To the Lighthouse
    To the Lighthouse is an award-winning novel written by renowned literary icon Virginia Woolf. It was first released in 1927 and won the Northcliffe and Femina Vie Heureuse prizes. Since then, it was translated into many languages. 

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    Dennis Herrera
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I read to the lighthouse in high hopes, of a book with a strong theme of alienation. I suppose that I enjoyed the book well enough, but it just didn't feel as complete as it could have been, in my opinion. I am hoping for another book to follow up on this, as it may fill the picture a bit more. Otherwise, it isn't my favorite, yet."
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    #11One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Kenneth Brown
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This movie starred Jack Nicholson and to this day among my all-time favorites. I would love to read this important novel of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy."
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    #12The Metamorphosis

    The Metamorphosis
    Gregor Samsa was a regular traveling salesman who one night transformed into a cockroach-looking animal. As his whole family despises him, this book uses Samsa's transformation to talk about human feeling of acceptance and guiltiness, as his new condition brought poverty to his family. 


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    Jonathan Nguyen
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Anyone in the market for Kafka, or just a uniquely themed alienation novel, should look into this work from 1915. The Metamorphosis is a good read and definitely has some deep meaning and gea emotional tie ins. It's a classic that still holds up great in the modern world."
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    #13Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Dennis Walters
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Brave New World is a book based on alienation from the world and giving up your individuality to technology. The book explores the future of a technocratic run world that is very mirrored with the world direction of today. "
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    #14A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-winning play about Blanche DuBois and her attempt to have a normal life while living with her sister Stella and her abusive husband Stanley Kowalski.                                                     


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    Eugene Crawford
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A Streetcar Named Desire does a great job with portraying the theme of alienation. Blanche is the perfect example of someone who has been alienated by her peers. Truly a classic that everyone should read."
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    #15The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.


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    Roger Dunn
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I really like the philosophical musings in this book and I think many people will as well. Many observers see Musil as a writer whose thoughts are as influential and smart as other well-regarded philosophers. This book is set in pre-World War I Vienna and contains an interesting story. This book is not an easy read but readers who put in the effort will be rewarded. "


Best What are the best books with an alienation theme
1King Lear Books 32 Paid
2HamletBooks 27 Paid
3SteppenwolfBooks 26 Paid
4The Bell JarBooks 24 Paid
5The Book of DisquietBooks 23 Paid
6The Catcher in the RyeBooks 22 Paid
7Cat on a Hot Tin RoofBooks 21 Paid
8Journey to the End of the NightBooks 17 Paid
91984Books 15 Paid
10To the LighthouseBooks 14 Paid

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