What are the best family sagas books?

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    #1Sarum: The Novel of England

    Sarum: The Novel of England
    This epic novel tells the stories of five families (Wilsons, Masons, Porteus, Shockleys and Godfreys) that help to understand all the changes Britain was experimenting. Each family tries to preserve their characteristics over the centuries, something that's hard in those times. 


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    Shirley Lawson
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I was completely absorbed in this book. The characters are interesting and the story is great, "
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    #2The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)

    The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the first book in the Kingsbridge series. This fast-paced action book is set up during the twelfth century in a cathedral in England, and the story about love, revenge, and betrayal are told.

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    Samantha Washington
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This book really kept me glued to the page. It's a great look at story structure and it's an entertaining read. "
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    #3One 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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    James Austin
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I tried reading through One Hundred Years of Solitude and I thought it was just awful. I didn't like anything about the magical realism of the book; fantasy is not an interesting genre, and it shouldn't be combined with a contemporary novel."
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    #4Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Danielle Harrison
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a wildly popular and classic family drama. I first read it in high school and went on to read others in the genre but the original is the best."
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    #5The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical fiction revolving around Mary Boleyn, the lesser-known sister of Anne Boleyn. Her life in court as a pawn for her family's political ambitions was rife with rivalry and scandal, but Mary perseveres through it all. 


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    Moisés Luna
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I did not like it mainly because I feel that the kindle book is not interesting and the topic is boring. I think there are other family sagas with much more drama that can drive you nuts or keep you on the edge, but this is not that kind of saga, just skip it."
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    #6The Shell Seekers

    The Shell Seekers

    This is the #1 bestseller novel by Rosamunde Picher bout love and life. Set in London during World War II and the present time. It's the story of the Keeling family and the passions and heartbreak that held them together for 3 generations. 


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    Aadhya Tambe
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I believe this book does fit what I am looking for. This is a family saga and that's what I want so this solution does a really nice job of finding me something right in line with what I want."
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    #7The Thorn Birds

    The Thorn Birds

    This book narrates the adventures of three generations from the same sheep country Australia family. It mainly focuses in two characters, Meggie Cleary, who is trying her best to possess the man she loves, and Ralph de Bricassart, a man who will make it to the Vatican but has strong feelings for Meggie. 


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    Bobby Dean
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "One of the best family saga book written by Colleen McCullough, it has plenty of love with nearly perfect star review. It has been awarded as one of the most beloved novels."
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    #8Kane and Abel

    Kane and Abel
    Kane and Abel, the first book in Jeffrey Archer's series of the same name, is about two men born on the same day but one to extremely opposite situations. Years later, the two are locked in a battle for success.

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    Eric Lynch
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Pretty addicting read. The stories align great even though the two characters were born in vastly different circumstances. Don't want to play spoiler!"
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    #9The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.


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    Erika Villalobos
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "With bucolic imagery and transcending language, Pat Conroy’s timeless epic “The Prince of Tides” continues to hold its place atop the list of premier literary fiction achievements of the last half century; a work so masterful that others have aspired to but fallen mournfully short. Wistful, lyrical, intelligent while always maintaining a subliminally dark undercurrent, Conroy deftly manages an abundance of ever-changing plot lines full of varied and diverse characters to make this sprawling epic of a deeply flawed South Carolinian family become literally part of the readers consciousness; indeed for nearly two months and 700 pages, I too became a Wingo, dreading our relentlessly violent father Henry’s every appearance while at the same time being utterly confused and frustrated by our dismissive, socially rejected but still stubbornly upward seeking mother. It is this essence, this transcendence into the very culture of rural 1950s-1960s lower, indigent South Carolina upbringing that Conroy so overwhelmingly succeeds in here and that has helped characterize this work as a veritable leader of its genre."
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    #10The Good Earth

    The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Good Earth is about the life of a poor Chinese farmer. Through drought and flood, Wang Lung and his family, as do other peasant farmers, struggle to make ends meet.


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    Jessica Qiu
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I love family sagas books. My friend recommended to me The Good Earth. It's by Pearl S. Buck and won a Pulitzer Prize. It's a tale of overcoming all odds to keep your family safe and fed. It's about a Chinese farmer that is very poor and that just wants to do everything he can to protect and provide for his family. His struggles are enduring. It's a beautiful book that I recommend to all book lovers out there."
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    #11The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.

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    Rosario Salinas
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If anyone has a right to tell their story it's Jeannette Walls. Not only does she have the right we have the need to hear it. Life isn't always a rose garden and Walls lived in the worst of it. The story is told from the perspective of a child enlightened. It's an amazing yet horrifying story when you realize that children actually endured this life. But when it's all over and they're ok in the end it's both a relief and an astonishment. "
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    #12I, the Sun

    I, the Sun
    This book tells the story of many of the Hititte kings, emphasizing in Suppiluliumas, a king also known as the Great King who was widely respected due to all his conquers, as he had conquered more than 40 nations, but couldn't get the heart of the woman he loved. 

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    Shaurya Mehra
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "My friend gifted me I, the Sun for my birthday. A pretty interesting read, although can't say I would ever come back to this book."
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    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides follows the life of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but became Cal in his teens. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003.

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    Mario Montiel
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is considered a great book, but one I have not read but heard nothing but good things about it."
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    #14World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without end features the descendants of the characters from Pillars of the Earth, the first book of the Kingsbrige Series. The book tackles two major historical events - the start of The Hundrer Years' War and the Black Death. 


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    Christian Anderson
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "World Without end is a very interesting book overall. It has many chapters that will make you think about life and the afterlife."
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    This book narrates the story of Kunta Kinte, an African teenager who got captured in his village and then sold as a slave to America. This man would live in America the rest of his life, where he would start a family, whose most members were slaves. The book keeps telling the story of Kinte's descendants, until he reaches Alex Haley, the author of this book. 


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    Amanda Davis
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Me and my family really enjoy this book! It's a really fascinating look into African American history. "
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    #16The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits is a classic historical fantasy fiction novel written by Isabel Allende. This magical realism book is first published in 1982. 


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    Chirag Pawar
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I've always liked movies and books that cover family situations, mostly family saga type stories. Picked this up a few weeks ago and I finished last week, I wanted to sit on it and ponder how I felt about it. After some time I think this is a very decent book, but it seemed a bit short. At first I thought I was just reading a lot of it, but it's just really not that long. Good read, but might be a tad overpriced."
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    #17The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact

    The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact

    The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact is an award-winning historical fiction novel by Jane Petken, originally published in 2013. Set during the Spanish civil war, it tells the story of a family and the fates of their lives.


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    Gerald Douglas
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is an excellent choice for those looking for this sort of tale. This is a family saga story spanning four generations. It covers family members who take very different paths through life in the early 1900s, and should be appealing to a wide audience, due to its variety in settings."
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    Freedom is a contemporary fiction novel written by Jonathan Franzen. This features the Berglund family as they live their life. With over 500 pages, this novel is published in 2010 by Farrar Straus Giroux.


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    Michael Richardson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This novel focuses on a single family going about their lives as well as they can in a modern setting. They go through the every day struggles of a modern family, with some extra things thrown in to keep it interesting. If you're looking for a story with a small focus on a few people in depth, this is a good book for you to check out."


Best What are the best family sagas books
1Sarum: The Novel of EnglandBooks 41 Paid
2The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)Books 36 Paid
3One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 35 Paid
4Gone with the Wind Books 32 Paid
5The Other Boleyn Girl Books 31 Paid
6The Shell SeekersBooks 29 Paid
7The Thorn BirdsBooks 26 Paid
8Kane and AbelBooks 25 Paid
9The Prince of TidesBooks 23 Paid
10The Good EarthBooks 19 Paid

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