What are the best books written in beautiful prose?

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    #1All 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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    Brenda Moore
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I found myself really inspired by All the Light We Cannot See. It is really relevant for me due to the fact that rumors of war abound in reality. In this book, I was able see war through the eyes of those who are in the midst of it. A valuable and dangerous museum jewel really adds intrigue and mystery to the story. The tale was woven to perfection and kept me engaged until the end. A must read!"
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    #2The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    James Austin
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you ever thought there would be romance during the Nazi occupation of Germany, this is the book to read. You can feel the struggles of Liesel and she steals and hides, only to live another day. The author's skill in telling such a story, is like music to your eyes. Honestly, this book made me cry. I would keep a copy of this book in my study for ages to come. "
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    #3Lolita

    Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.
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    Phillip Walsh
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Excellent solution and great example of beautiful prose. I read Nabokov's masterpiece when I was a sophomore in college and it's beauty still haunts me. Truly one of the greatest examples of the heart's longing and the obsession it brings."
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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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    Julie Palmer
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Any time I'm feeling the need for elegant, pristine, beautiful prose I pull out Pride and Prejudice. It's one of those books that seems too good to be true. It's written with such care and devotion to each and every word. It's one of a kind."
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    #5One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.

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    Julia James
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "There is a lot of symbolism in this book, it can be quite obvious at first or it may take time to see it. Regardless, I found it to be quite entertaining. I loved the story behind the book. I loved the character development, I loved the humor. I found it to be inspiring, almost magical in a sense. There were times that I laughed hysterically, and times I felt very sad. I took my time reading it because I wanted to grasp and understand the symbolism. I think it's a unique book and a great read overall."
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    #6The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.

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    Julie Chapman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is an award winner and bestseller and follows in the footsteps of many renowned writers when it comes to style and theme. Readers will love the beautiful quality of writing and the mesmerizing story."
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    #7The Night Circus

    The Night Circus
    The Night Circus is a young adult fantasy novel written by Erin Morgenstern. It is about the Night Circus, a nightly place of entertainment that is actually a competition for magicians in which only one can stay standing.
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    Vibhore Chauhan
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a great book with good prose. If you haven't read this yet check it out."
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    #8The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.
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    #9The Sacred Band

    The Sacred Band
    The Sacred Band is a historical fantasy novel by Janet Morris. Set in ancient Greece, it tells the story of the remaining 23 pairs of the Sacred Band of Thebes who join the Sacred Band of Stepsons after their brothers died in battle.
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    Debra Salazar
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Super boring. The subject seems like it would be exciting, but I was falling asleep reading it. The writing is so dry and boring. I do not recommend. "
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    #10The 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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    Jesse Fisher
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Bell Jar was a very interesting book to read. The book is a little outside my normal genre of books, however I found it difficult to put the story down. I thought the story was very interesting and I highly recommend this book."

Summary

Best What are the best books written in beautiful prose
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 18 Paid
2The Book ThiefBooks 14 Paid
3LolitaBooks 12 Paid
4Pride and PrejudiceBooks 10 Paid
5One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 10 Paid
6The God of Small ThingsBooks 7 Paid
7The Night CircusBooks 6 Paid
8The RoadBooks 4 Paid
9The Sacred BandBooks 3 Paid
10The Bell JarBooks 1 Paid
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