What are the best classic books?

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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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    Douglas Baker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Les Misérables is one of the best classic books I've read. The story is interesting. There's never a dull moment in the book."
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    #2Pride 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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    Raúl Palma
    Written on May 13, 2018
    ""Pride and Prejudice" is an absolute classic. It takes place in the early 19th century. The characters may come off arrogant and egotistical as you explore the social world around them. About halfway through the book, I decided I had to know how it all ended. So, if you feel skeptical like me, give it a chance to see if you get hooked."
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    #3The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 

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    Marilyn Hart
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is always a great book no matter how many times I read it. It's fantastic and I know I will read it again."
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    #4Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Vincent Holland
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Jane Eyre is widely considered a classic, and, though parts of it might seem odd to the modern reader for various reasons, it generally does live up to this reputation. It is sort of bleak or depressing at times, but it accurately reflects the experiences of the author and of the day and age rather well, unfortunately. Though I would recommend this book, I'm not sure how I feel about this particular edition of it - some found it to be sub-optimal for various reasons. You might prefer a different one if you need a larger print size."
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    #5The 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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    Daniel Venegas
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is a classic book that is a must read. Even though I said it's a must read it isn't a easy read at times. I found reading this to be more about knowing the classics than enjoyment. Your milage may differ."
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    #6Macbeth

    Macbeth
    Macbeth is a play by the famous playwright William Shakespeare that tells the story about the titular Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, and how their murderous greed for power and the crown ultimately led to their own demise.
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    Joshua Hamilton
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Macbeth is one of the most known and respected pieces of literature known to man. This story is written by arguably the great writer in human history, William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of greed by Macbeth and how it eventually led to his own downfall. This is an exceptional book to read."
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    #7The 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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    Sofía Olvera
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I think this solution is pretty good because the book is a classic. It also would be a solid read during the summer and fits the topic well so I like the solution here."
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    #8Persuasion

    Persuasion

    Published 6 months after her death, Persuasion is the last fully completed novel by Jane Austen. It tells the story of Anne Elliot, whose family is having economic struggles so they decide to rent their home to an Admiral and his wife, whose brother happens to be Anne's ex-fiancée.

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    Kyle Fernandez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you are a fan of Jane Austen, then this is a must read. This is her last full novel, and it is a great story as well. I don't want to tell you too much about the book other then to read it! This is one of those books that would make for a fantastic movie in my opinion."
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    #9Hamlet

    Hamlet
    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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    Joshua Contreras
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Out of all the classic books that I have had the pleasure of reading I think that the best is probably Hamlet. This is one of the greatest plays of all time and has really stood the test of the generations. If you are a fan of classic literature this is a must read."
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    #10Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.
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    Vincent Spencer
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This was such a great book. My mother and grandmother told how great of a book this was so I read it and also loved it. It's a piece of American culture."
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    #11Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 
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    Virginia Hawkins
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I had never even considered reading Don Quixote before, but I had heard then name since childhood. To my surprise, it is pretty entertaining. I don't know that it's my favorite book of my lifetime or anything; but certainly worth checking out. I am a big fan of books being in digital format, so that helps make this so easy to read."
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    #12Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.

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    Evelyn Hudson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Tolstoy is a wonderful storyteller and this is considered his best. He intertwines the most fascinating of characters to tell a very realistic story. If you're a reader, but tend to pick up the latest novel most of the time, then you really should pick up this classic from Tolstoy. Anna Karenina is a timeless tale and you won't be disappointed."
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    #13The Haunted Hotel

    The Haunted Hotel

    The Haunted Hotel is a classic horror mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era gothic book is first published in 1879. 

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    Zachary Evans
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Haunted Hotel is one of the earliest examples of horror mystery that you can find and it's one of the most classic ones. The tale is a little dated, but the core of it is still good and very creepy"
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    #14The Blind Owl

    The Blind Owl
    The Blind Owl is an Iranian classic horror fiction novel written by Sadegh Hedayat. This cultural fiction book is first published in 1937. 
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    Sara Bradley
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I didn't know there was Iranian horror books, did you? Give it a read, you'll be surprised!"
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    #15The Outcasts of Poker Flat

    The Outcasts of Poker Flat

    The Outcasts of Poker Flat is a classic fiction book written by Bret Harte. This Western fiction book is first published in 1961 by Signet Classics. 

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    Jeffrey Cook
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Outcasts of Poker Flat is considered a classic must read but I've never heard of it before. It was a quick read but I was sort of disappointed after hearing the hype."
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    #16In the Land of Pain

    In the Land of Pain

    In the Land of Pain is a French non-fiction biography written by Alphonse Daudet. This classic historical memoir is first published in 1929. 

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    Julia Medina
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This one is going to be a heavy but interesting read. It's an older novel but the information its going to hold about that time period is going to be priceless."
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    #17Moby Dick

    Moby Dick
    Moby Dick is a novel by American author Herman Melville. It is the story of captain Ahab’s quest for revenge against Moby Dick, the whale that destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee on a previous voyage.Originally, the novel was a failure but in the 20th century it was rediscover and recognized as work of literary genius.
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    Jean West
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Moby Dick is a must read before you die. "
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    #18The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    In Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, Newland Archer must choose between social stability, as embodied by the wealthy socialite May Welland, or passion in the form of Ellen Olenska.

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    Christopher Rose
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is such a great story about old New York and society's influence on it. Anyone who considers him- or herself well read should have consumed this classic of American literatue. Great classic to take on, during a leisurely summer break."
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    #19Little 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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    Debra Flores
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is a must-read for teens. Highly recommend."
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    #20Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.
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    Eric Cook
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Lonesome Dove is some great summertime reading. The story is quite enveloping and easy to get submersed in. It's a fun romp for summer vacation or just relaxing entertainment."
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    #21The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther is a classic novel written by the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It tells the story of an artist named Werther as he laments the marriage of the woman he loves to another man.

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    James Hart
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Sorrows of Young Werther is a classic novel written by the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It tells the story of an artist named Werther as he laments the marriage of the woman he loves to another man. a very good read."
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    #22The Arm of the Starfish

    The Arm of the Starfish

     Madeleine L'Engle's The Arm of the Starfish is the first book from the O' Keefe Family series. The book is a marine biologist who meets a beautiful girl and discovers a whole lot of other secrets. 

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    Christine Cunningham
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I bought Madeleine L'Engle's The Arm of the Starfish from the O' Keefe Family series for my daughter and she really enjoyed it. It's a great combination of sci-fi and suspense put together in a beautifully and well expressed novel for children to read. "
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    #23A Severed Head

    A Severed Head

    A Severed Head is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers son of a wine merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon running their family business. It has been made into a film Claire Bloom, Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough, and Ian Holm.

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    Alexander Henderson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a great classic novel that follows the family of a wine business. Now, this comes with all the up and downs you would expect from any family. The fights, the loss, and the good times as well. This book really gives you a good insight into another life and culture as you read through it's pages. A true classic."
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    #24The Royal Game and Other Stories

    The Royal Game and Other Stories

    The Royal Game & Other Stories is a psychological thriller written by Stefan Zweig. This collection of short stories is translated by Jill Sutcliffe. First published in 1941, this book is published in 2001 by Holes & Meier Publishers.

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    George Black
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "brilliant story"
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    #25Savushun

    Savushun

    Savushun is an Iranian classic fiction novel written by Simin Daneshvar. This Iranian literature is first published in 1969 and reproduced copies by Mage Publishers.  

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    Maria Williamson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is an interesting book set in the classic time of WWII. This book really caught my attention as I found myself wanting to know more about this time. It does grab at your emotions. You will find yourself not wanting to put it down as you will be really engaged in this book. It would be helpful to have some understanding of Iran, but not necessary. "
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    #26The Double Tongue

    The Double Tongue

    The Double Tongue is a classic historical fiction novel written by Nobel Prize awardee William Golding. This mythological book is first published in 1995. 

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    Alexander Weaver
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Double Tongue is a classic historical fiction novel written by Nobel Prize awardee William Golding. This mythological book is first published in 1995. i loved reading this book"
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    #27Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the relationship between church musician Dick Dewey and the new school mistress Fancy Day set in a Victorian era. 

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    Alan Hawkins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "My all time favorite classic book is Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy. It's set in the Victorian era and is about a church musician and a new school teacher. This should be on everyone's list of classic novels to read. "
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    #28A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories is a classic Southern fiction written by Flannery O'Connor. It is first published in 1953.
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    Katherine Gomez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Several stories in one book, nine to be precise. Good old southern living told to you thru many characters. A good and easy read that will make you laugh and wonder. Who knows you may think they are writing about someone you know!"
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    #29The Rings of Saturn

    The Rings of Saturn
    W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, a novel that has been shortlisted for the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Award in Fiction, is a story about the east coast of England, told in photographs. The book was published on April 17th 1999 by New Directions.

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    Yan Fang
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I think his would be a very interesting book to read. However, like most books I do not think that it would be for everyone. I think that the people who would most enjoy this book wold be people who are interested in photography, history, and literature. "
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    #30Collected Works of Alphonse Daudet

    Collected Works of Alphonse Daudet

    Collected Works of Alphonse Daudet is a collection of short stories written by Alphonse Daudet. This classic French literature is first published in 1986. 

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    Christina Ferguson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I was unfamiliar with the works of Alphonse Daudet and stumbled on his Collected Works quite by mistake. I found the stories to be delightful, relevant and fresh. His style is a little from from what I am accustomed to, but I liked that aspect. Mr. Daudet's satire, passion and topics are all combined into a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience."
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    #31The Law and the Lady

    The Law and the Lady

    The Law and the Lady is a mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1875. 

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    Leonardo Quiroz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Wilkie Collins is becoming one of my favorites. The Law and the Lady is a wonderful book set time that is so elegant. The mysteries evolve effortlessly and without predictability."
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    #32The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.
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    Ramiro Barajas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The scarlet Letter is one of the most decorated books ever written. its defiantly a must read before you die!"
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    #33Middlemarch

    Middlemarch

    Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, this book written by George Eliot is a study of provincial life, where many important life aspects are involved, like the status of women, religion or marriage. Despite being set in a fake town, there are several historic events involved with the plot, like the 1832 Reforming Act or the death of King George IV. 

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    Zachary Snyder
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I was looking into the top classic books to read before you die and was told to read Middlemarch. This is obviously a classic and has great writing and a very good story. Many people talk highly of this book and that makes it more appealing. I recommend this book to everyone as a must read. "
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    #34Great 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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    Olivia Thomas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Definitely one of the best classic novels that EVERYONE should read. I feel that this novel should be read before you even leave high school! You can learn so much from classic novels. "
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    #35Basil

    Basil
    Basil is a mysterious historical fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This classic Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1852.
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    Dhruv Balasubramanium
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I read Basil as a school assignment and I thought it was just awful. Slow, plodding, practically absent plot, everything about this book is just completely uninteresting. Everything about the book feels like it's from the 1850's , and not in a way that is interesting or even approachable."
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    #36Madame 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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    Kelly Wilson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I do not believe anyone actually enjoys reading Madame Bovary! It is a classic but unlike many others it has not translated well into today's times. The main characters are shallow and not well developed. The story suffers from a man attempting to write how a woman feels- it falls flat and is often stereotypical. "
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    #37Noli Me Tangere

    Noli Me Tangere

    Noli Me Tangere is a Filipino historical fiction written by Jose Rizal and translated by Harold Augenbraum. This classic novel is first published in 1887.

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    Donald Mason
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The main aspect regarding the best classic books are very intriguing. They make me want to read more titles by Jose Rizal. The Filipino historical fiction is legit and I want everyone to give it a try!"
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    #38Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    Teresa Owens
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is absolutely a classic must read book. Because it is one of the first books that the famous author Jane Austen wrote, I highly recommend it if you are looking for classic literature."
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    #39Crime 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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    Miguel Ángel Carbajal
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Crime and Punishment is just one of those books you have to get around to reading at least once in your life. I really enjoy reading this book. So much so, that I read it at least once every year. This book never gets old or less interesting for me."
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    #40An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet)

    An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet)

    An Acceptable Time is the fifth book from Madeleine L'Engle's classic fantasy series, Time. The book is about Polly and how she opened the time gate to a somewhere that existed 3000 years ago. 

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    Rachel Salazar
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet) is a classic book with something for everyone - traveling through space and sci-fi fantasy. This book was made into a movie and with good reason, it captures your imagination and takes you away on a journey with great characters. I feel every young person should read this book. "
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    #41The Frozen Deep

    The Frozen Deep
    The Frozen Deep is a historical mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1874. 
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    Terry Garza
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Frozen Deep is a classic Victorian novel which might find a good home in an english class. However as a mystery novel, the difference in times from then to now makes this book seem tremendously dated and difficult to follow."
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    #42The Unicorn

    The Unicorn

    The Unicorn is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on governess of Gaze Castle Marian Taylor who experiences a number of mysteries and got involved in a drama she can only understand. 

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    Virginia Silva
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Unicorn has a decent concept and is well-written, but somehow the plot doesn't work. I'd describe it as there being almost too much going on. Iris Murdoch is excellent at descriptive writing, but sometimes that takes away from the story too much."
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    #43Love Among the Chickens

    Love Among the Chickens

    Love Among the Chickens (Penguin Modern Classics) is a classic fictional book written by P.G. Wodehouse. Love Among the Chickens (Penguin Modern Classics) was published by Penguin.

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    Margaret West
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "pretty good book, worth one read. wouldn't read it again though, it's just too slow."
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    #44Ulysses

    Ulysses
    Considered one of the greatest 20th-century novels written in English, James Joyce's Ulysses pulls from Greek Mythology to create a modern version staring Ulysses as he journeys through 20th century Ireland. 
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    Willie Garrett
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A classic book, and rightfully so. If you haven't read it yet, it belongs with other modern classics like Moby Dick and The Lord of the Rings that everyone should read at least once."
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    #45Women Without Men

    Women Without Men

    Women Without Men is a classic Iranian feminist fiction novel written by Shahrnush Parsipur. This magical realism book is first published in 1978. 

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    Theresa Baker
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I think this is a solid classic book and that was what I was looking for. I will give the solution credit for picking something different in the category so I like that."
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    #46Look Back in Anger

    Look Back in Anger

    Look Back in Anger is a classical drama fiction play written by JKohn Osborne. This theatrical fiction is published in 1957. 

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    Ralph Ferguson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "There is something very gritty and primal about this play. It reminds us that there is something very animalistic in people. During this play you will read though very intense moments that will really make you wonder why anyone would act this way. The amazing writing style really sets off this somewhat dark play and really draws you in. A truly great book writing in a style that you don't see much of these days."
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    #47My Uncle Napoleon

    My Uncle Napoleon

    My Uncle Napoleon is a humorous Iranian fiction novel written by Iraj Pezeshkzad. This book is about a teenage boy's love story and it is first published in 1973 by Kamran Borookhim. 

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    Christopher Berry
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is great because it shows how love works in a predominately muslim country. The boys story is inteesting in the way he has to navigate the religious doctrines to ensure that his love is accepted by his family and allah"
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    #48The Milagro Beanfield War (The New Mexico)

    The Milagro Beanfield War (The New Mexico)

    The Milagro Beanfield War is a historical fiction magical realism and the first book in The New Mexico series written by John Nichols. It is first published in 1974. 

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    Gregory May
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is definitely a good read with some very well written characters that have legitimate depth to them. The story itself is interesting and intense but it is the way everything is conveyed to the reader that will captivate you. There is a very real conflict being portrayed but with a satisfying hint of humor that allows you to genuinely enjoy the book's message."
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    #49Amok and Other Stories

    Amok and Other Stories

    Amok and Other Stories is a classic fiction in German literature written by Stefan Zweig. This book collection of short stories is translated by Anthea Bell. First published in 1922, this book is published in 2007 by Pushkin Press.

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    Alfredo Téllez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Amok and Other Stories is a great read of short stories. The short stories also combine elements of history. It will keep you engaged from beginning to the ending. "
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    #50The Woman Who Had Two Navels

    The Woman Who Had Two Navels
    The Woman Who Had Two Navels is a mysterious historical fiction novel written by Nick Joaquin. This classic book is first published in 1991 by Bookmark Inc. 


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    Ankita Chauhan
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I had to read this book based solely on the title! I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I just couldn't help myself. I loved the story and the characters were just great. It's one of those books you'll want to get all of your friends to read. Would be great for a book club."
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    #51Beware of Pity

    Beware of Pity

    Beware of Pity is a classic fiction in German literature written by Stefan Zweig and translated by Phyllis Blewitt and Trevor Blewitt. First published in 1939, this book is published in 2006 by NY Review Books Classics.

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    Bruce Henderson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Stefan Zweig's Beware of Pitty is a German novel from the late 1930s that tells the tale of a tragic relationship between two wealthy young lovers. The book was translated into English and republished under the NY Review Books Classics series. "
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    #52The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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    Olivia Snyder
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I think this is a great solution. This book is classic and timeless and therefore does classify as a book to read before you die, especially because it has stood the test of time. It deals with issues I think humans will always continue to deal with and probably will face as they age and find themselves chasing after everlasting beauty. "
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    #53Othello

    Othello

    Othello by William Shakespeare is a drama novel first published in 1603. This book follows the story of two married couples, Othello and Desdemona, from mutual devotion to jealousy and death. This novel has a movie and a play adaptation.

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    Kathy Moreno
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is an all time classic. You can't go wrong with Shakespeare. I always enjoy reading this about once a year."
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    #54The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (Dover Occult)

    The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (Dover Occult)
    The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (Dover Occult) is a book written by Heinrich Kramer, James Sprenger, and translated by Montague Summers. The book was published on June 1, 1971 by Dover Publications.
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    Mark Ray
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "As a lover of books, I always am a fan of classic novels. With the reproduction of The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (Dover Occult), I felt that while this is a classic reproduction, this isn't a very classic book for me. This book is not very forgiving in terms of those who don't believe or understand the Wicca nature of witchcraft and paganism. "
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    #55Rites of Passage (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Rites of Passage (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Rites of Passage is a classic historical fiction and the first book in To the Ends of the Earth series written by William Golding. It is first published in 1980. 

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    Jordan Collins
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This novel is written by William Golding, the author who wrote the more famous "Lord of the Flies ". The book is written as a journal of a passenger on a ship in the early nineteenth century that is part of the Royal Navy and is headed for Sydney, Australia. The theme is similar to Lord in that it explores what happens to people on long voyages that are shoved together in cramped conditions. Well written and with a surprising twist at the end."
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    #56Meet the Austins

    Meet the Austins

     Madeleine L'Engle's Meet the Austins is the first book from her Austin Family Chronicles. The book is about Vicky Austin's repulsion towards Maggy, a new member of the family. 

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    Wu Xiao
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Meet the Austins is a young adult book about death and loss. While it's not necessarily a classic, it's certainly worth reading."
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    #57Pierre et Jean

    Pierre et Jean

    Pierre Et Jean is a classic fiction book written by Guy de Maupassant and translated by Robert Lethbridge and Julie Mead. This book was originally published in 1888.

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    #58White Jacket

    White Jacket

    White Jacket is a Classics, Adventure, Travel, Literature, Fiction novel written by Herman Melville. It was published November 1, 2006 by Aegypan.

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    James Howell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    " I absolutely loved White Jacket! It is a classic that was originally written in 1850. If you enjoy reading about the old days this is definitely for you to read. "
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    #59The Specialists

    The Specialists

    The Specialists is a classic crime and mystery thriller fiction book written by Lawrence Block. This military fiction novel is first published in 1969. 

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    James Medina
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "While this novel appears to be a bit of a mixed bag, I do tend to enjoy a good crime-mystery story, so I would not rule out giving this one a go one of these days. The fact that it is also only a couple hundred pages long would imply it's relatively fast-paced and a quick read."
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    #60Burning Secret

    Burning Secret

    Burning Secret is a classic fiction in German literature written by Stefan Zweig. This book collection of short stories is translated by Anthea Bell. First published in 1913, this book is published in 2008 by Pushkin Press.

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    Heather Medina
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Not the type of book I would normally read but I borrowed it from a friend over vacation. I'm so glad I gave it a try. Totally absorbing story that will transport you to another time. "
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    #61Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charlotte Brontë and has an introduction from Diane Johnson. Jane Eyre was published by The Modern Library New York.
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    Donald Rose
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I recently read the book "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, and I really enjoyed reading it. The book is well written, and it has an introduction by Diane Johnson, another author I like a lot. I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #62The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion)

    The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion)

    The Crime at Black Dudley is a classic British crime mystery fiction and the first book in Albert Campion series written by Margery Allingham. It is first published in 1929. 

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    Michael Fields
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion) is one of the best classic books"
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    #63A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow Elfride Swancour based on the courtship he did on his first wife named Emma. 

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    Gregory Hunter
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Thomas Hardy is such a great author and his book, A Pair of Blue Eyes, is such a wonderful classic. Whenever someone asks for a book recommendation, I usually think to mention this one. "
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    #64The Spire

    The Spire

    The Spire is a classic historical fiction novel written by William Golding. This British literature book is about Dean Jocelin's vision and it first published in  1964. 

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    Karen Tucker
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This classical book is a must read for everyone. It shares a great story. The artwork on the cover is beautiful and everything from this author is great. This is a must read classical book for sure. "
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    #65Death Comes for the Archbishop

    Death Comes for the Archbishop

    Death Comes for the Archbishop is a classic historical fiction novel written by Willa Cather. This Mexican literature is first published in 1927. 

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    Michael Franklin
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Catholics are at their core a sacramental people. Reading about the life and times of Bishop Latour and father Valliant will give you a much deeper idea of what that means - how the people, the landscape and the palpable faith in God all combine to sometimes reveal and sometimes veil the magnificence of the Spirit."
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    #66The Good Apprentice

    The Good Apprentice

    The Good Apprentice is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on Edward Baltram now feeling guilty following his prank which has gone wrong, while his stepbrother Stuart quits his career to live like a monk. 

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    Carl Hayes
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Out of all the classic books that I have read, The Good Apprentice is one of the best. It is full of wacky predicaments. I plan to reread it because it was so good. "
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    #67Licks of Love

    Licks of Love

    Licks of Love is a collection of short stories and a sequel of the novel "Rabbit Remembered" written by John Updike. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Ruth Tucker
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Having read all the Rabbit books in the year they were written, I feel I grew up with Rabbit and John Updike--then Rabbit went to rest and so did John Updike. It was like losing a contemporary or old friend! I was so excited when I found this remembrance and it lived up to all my hopes. It was a few minutes with a long lost friend! It soothed my soul. The short stories were excellent as his almost always are. Updike is hard to read , BUT SO worth the effort! However they probably mean more if you read them in order and were about Rabbit"s age with each one, but if you can't go back in time and do that--read them anyway--in order--you won't be sorry! "
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    #68The History of Reynard the Fox

    The History of Reynard the Fox

    The History of Reynard the Fox was written by Edward Arber and William Caxton. The History of Reynard the Fox was published on August 20, 2015 by Sagwan Press.

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    Victoria Bishop
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The History of Reynard the Fox is an old book written around the end of the 19th century. It is a historical treasure than has been magically brought back to life with today's modern printing combined with excellent binding for a book that will last as the reader enjoys its pages."
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    #69Our Mr. Wrenn

    Our Mr. Wrenn

    Our Mr. Wrenn is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. Our Mr. Wrenn was published by Book Jungle. Our Mr. Wrenn is about a thirty-four year-old man named Mr. Wrenn.

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    Bryan Barnes
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work."
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    #70Persuasion

    Persuasion

    Persuasion (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Jane Austen and has an introduction  from Amy Bloom. Persuasion was published on June 12, 2001 by Modern Library.

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    Brian Knight
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Jane Austen is a master. Pride and Prejudice may be her most famous work, but I think Persuasion is her best. If you're looking for an easy entry point into classic literature, the enthralling story in Persuasion is a great start."
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    #71The Paper Men

    The Paper Men

    The Paper Men is a classic fiction novel written by William Golding. It is about a novelist Wilfred Barclay's life who is in crisis and it is first published in 1984. 

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    Jonathan Berry
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I have been a long time fan of reading great classical books. After looking at many lists of the top classic books to read, I have found out that the Paper Men by William Golding is an excellent novel. "
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    #72The Trail of the Hawk

    The Trail of the Hawk

    The Trail of the Hawk is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. The Trail of the Hawk was published on March 15, 2007 by Research Press. The Trail of the hawk revolves around Carl Ericson's life.

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    Julie Day
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "While this book may be considered a "classic", I found it very dry and without human emotion. Lewis spends too much time on descriptions of clothing and dwellings. There is little to connect with in this story. There are better classics out there such as East of Eden or The Last of the Mohicans."
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    #73David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

    David Copperfield (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charles Dickens with an introduction from David Gates. David Copperfield was published by Modern Library.

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    Roy Meyer
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "David Copperfield is a biography in a sense about the man himself but not really more of a classic novel written by Charles Dickens."
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    #74The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King is a historical adventure fiction novel written by Rudyard Kipling. This British classic fiction book is first published in 1888. 

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    Catherine Henderson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love reading British literature and The Man Who Would Be King is no doubt one of the best classic books that you should read before you die. It's a wonderful story brought time life by Rudyard Kipling who painted a great story. "
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    #75The Goose Girl

    The Goose Girl

    The Goose Girl is a classic fairy tale fantasy book written by Grimm brothers and Eric A. Kimmel. This children's fiction book is first published in 1812. 

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    Peter Pierce
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The children like this fiction book. "
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    #76The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances)

    The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances)
    The Knight of Maison-Rouge is an exhilarating tale of selflessness, love, and honor under the shadow of the guillotine. Dumas here is at the very height of his powers, and with this first and only modern translation, readers can once again ride with the Knight of Maison-Rouge.
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    Melissa Stephens
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I usually love Alexandre Dumas' work but did not care for this novel. The plot falls flat, and the main character is obnoxious. The book felt like it dragged on and on. "
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    #77Angst (German Edition)

    Angst (German Edition)

    Angst (German Edition) is a classic fiction in German, European literature written by Stefan Zweig. First published in 1910, this book is published in 1998 by Philipp Reclam, Jun Verlag GmbH.

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    Jane Carlson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This might be a great book, I wouldn't be able to tell though since it's in German. I have never heard of it though, so maybe something a little more popular?"
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    #78To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Kathy Palmer
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was a young teenager. Since then, I've come back to it every few years and it's always a delight to read. It is nice to have a story that stays fresh no matter how old I get. Everyone should read To Kill a Mockingbird at least once in their lifetime."
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    #79War 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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    Amber Reyes
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "War and Peace is an absolute must for anyone who loves classic literature. Once I got started, it didn't feel like a slog at all; Tolstoy is the master of drawing you in with settings, characters, and action. His words fly off the page with energy as he goes deep into the many hypocritical aspect of being human and seeking peace while waging war. A look at civilization, compassion, and the follies of man."
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    #80Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.

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    Aisling Gallagher
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The best nook I've ever read. I studieeit at svhool but had read the book three times beforehand. Deep, passionate, almost etheral and unworldly in its plot set against the beautifully described backdrop of the barren yet evocative backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. The story of Cathy and Heathcliff surpasses all boundaries. A truly breathtaking and mesmerising read that will leave you pondering for days if not weeks after finishing it."
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    #811984

    1984
    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.
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    Francisco Salgado
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I don't know if I consider Orwell's 1984 a classic book in the same vein as Pride and Prejudice or War and Peace, but it sure is a classic in its own right. If you didn't read 1984 in school like I did, then rush out to the nearest bookstore and score yourself a copy. Its visions of a dystopian future are haunting, and its picture of a spying government are timeless and thought-provoking."
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    #82The Innocents: A Story For Lovers

    The Innocents: A Story For Lovers

    The Innocents: A Story For Lovers is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. The Innocents: A Story For Lovers was published on September 1, 2007 by Kessinger Publishing.

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    Cynthia Burke
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A great story of love in this coming of age fictional story written by Sinclair Lewis. A true modern day classic that follows two people falling in love. The passion and the striving to keep the love intact. "
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    #83Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 

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    Sandra Jensen
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Love the price on this, especially for a classic from a very good author, Mary Shelley. This book is original and one of the best horror stories out there . If you like horror. It's similar to Stephen King's style , which I love . So good , many movie versions are out there to watch also. "
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    #84The 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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    Brandon Wagner
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "The Count of Monte Cristo", and I really enjoyed reading this classical of the literature. The book doesn't need any presentation, and I warmly recommend reading it, because Dumas' work it's still very actual more than a century and a half after its publication."
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    #85A 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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    Howard King
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you haven't read A Tale of Two Cities as required reading in high school, now would be the time to do it. This Dickens classic has been praised time and time again by literary critics, and with good reason. This is a novel that should be on every well-read literature fan's bookshelf."
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    #86The Job

    The Job

    The Job is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. The Job was published May 1, 2004 by Kessinger Publishing. The Job depicts the middle-class American life in the 1920's.

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    Aaryan Nair
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Very interesting novel about life in the 20s as a middle class American. It really gives you some perspective on how things worked back then. Great read"
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    #87King 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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    Albert Hopkins
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is a classic for anyone who is interested in Shakespeare. It deals with many topics such as greed, cruelty, and supporting one's family. Emotions run high in this story and I love the fact that this edition includes notes for students reading it for the first time. "