What are the best French literature for adults and young adults?

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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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    Maribel Félix
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I have been looking for a book I can read with my young adult children. We tried reading Les Misérables together but it was a complete failure. The book is just a bit to heavy for reading with young adults. Maybe we will try again in a few years."
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    #2The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 


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    Jonathan Bishop
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A classic book that everyone should read is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It was by far my favorite French literature growing up, and I have read it many times. "
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Jack Schneider
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A novel made in 1759. Classic literature and easy to read. Voltaire mercilessly exposes and satirizes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government."
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    #4Une Vie

    Une Vie

    Une Vie is a French classic book written by Guy de Maupassant and edited by Elyette Roussel. This was originally published in 1883. This is the first novel created by the author.


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    #5Sans famille

    Sans famille

    Sans famille (Nobody's Boy) is a classic fiction book for children written by Hector Malot. It tells the story of a boy who has an adopted mother. This book was originally published in 1878.


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    Alan Sheng
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a classic book in the French language world. I had to read it in college and found that the writing was done well enough that I could understand it as a learner of French. What I mean is that it wasn't complicated and using any difficult words. It's intended more for a younger crows so I suppose that's why. Still a good book."
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    #6Un sac de billes

    Un sac de billes
    Un sac de billes is the first book in the Un sac de billes series written by Joseph Joffo. This historical non-fiction book was originally published in 1973.


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    Ethan Pena
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I thought this book was a great read when it comes to french literature. It's a touching story about a few boys and the experiences they go through during WWII. It was an easy read which i appreciated considering it was in french. "
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    #7Elle s'appelait Sarah

    Elle s'appelait Sarah

    Elle s'appelait Sarah is a historical fiction book written by Tatiana de Rosnay. This was originally published in 2006. This book narrates the story of series of events during World War II.


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    Adriana Sánchez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Elle s'appelait Sarah is a stunning historical fiction set in WW II that has got to be one of the best French literature books available for adults and young adults. It's grand, passionate, and visually stunning. Character development is top notch and the setting is informative and interesting. Highly recommend."
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    #8Pierre 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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    Maria Harrison
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This French literature is a short read, but I feel the translation is off. It seems like it is missing something. I read Pierre et Jean last month and enjoyed the story, but had to re-read some sections due to translation issues. Most adults and young adults will enjoy this book, but it is not the definitive best French Literature book."
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    L'Étranger (The Stranger) is a classic fiction novel written by Albert Camus. This has received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. This was originally published in 1942.


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    Johnny Hill
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I was looking for a novel that had a foreign feel, but was easily readable. I found L'étranger on amazon and decided to give it a go. It ended up satisfying my desires and would recommend it to anyone with the same interest."
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    #10Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers

    Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers

    Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers is the sixth book in the Extraordinary Voyages series written by Jules Verne. This classic science-fiction novel was originally published in 1869.


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    Emma Mendez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I have my advanced French class read Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers every year. The book is one of the best French literature books suitable for young adults. I think it's a great resource for learning to read in French and the kids always seem to enjoy it."
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    #11Le Petit Prince

    Le Petit Prince

    In this French version of the famed book The Little Prince, we can delight with the wonderful illustrations of Joann Sfar. With a great translation, this inspiring text will hook you from the first page!


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    Nicole Alvarado
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is the French version of The Little Price. A great book for anyone's collection. You don't have to read French. If you know the story, it's fun to go through as the illustrations as enough."
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    #12L'Ecole des Femmes

    L'Ecole des Femmes

    L'École des Femmes is a theatrical comedy written by Molière. Originally published in 1663, the L'École des Femmes (The School for Wives) revolves around the characters of Arnolphe, Agnès, Horace, Alain, and Georgette.


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    Anna Fox
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This comedy is in a comedy of errors that satirizes the role of a woman. It complains of the ironic societal normals that women are expected to follow over their male counterparts."


Best What are the best French literature for adults and young adults
1Les MisérablesBooks 32 Paid
2The Little PrinceBooks 29 Paid
3CandideBooks 27 Paid
4Une VieBooks 25 Paid
5Sans familleBooks 25 Paid
6Un sac de billesBooks 23 Paid
7Elle s'appelait SarahBooks 20 Paid
8Pierre et JeanBooks 18 Paid
9L'étrangerBooks 16 Paid
10Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les MersBooks 15 Paid

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