What are the best magnum opus books?

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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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    Carol Pena
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you are looking for an important book from history, I believe Hamlet is the perfect place to start. The family drama is fascinating. Many of today's movies and books use examples from Hamlet because of it's in depth story and graphic imagery. "
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    #2Les 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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    Petra Robles
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This novel is, as the title suggests, as relevant today as it was then or would have been before its publication. Social norms and morals sit side by side with injustice keeping man in an ever depressing state of misery and degradation. It might not be for you if you live in a fairy tale world where the world is a beautiful place and nothing bad happens."
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    #3The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.

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    Tyler McDonald
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Divine Comedy is definitely Dante Alighieri's magnum opus and is one of the absolute best books in the entire Western canon - you seriously must read it at some point. The work itself is basically unimpeachable - any criticisms of it from readers here basically take issue with technical problems in this particular edition, including potential problems and ambiguities involving translations. I am not sure if this is the definitive edition of the book - it is not necessary to learn Italian to read the book, obviously, but you have to experience it in some form if you are at all a fan of literature."
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    #4Anna 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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    Lauren Watson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Anna Karenina is a book written by the famous Leo Tolstoy. This is considered the best magnum opus book available. This story follows Anna as she renounces her marriage in favor of an affair for personal satisfaction."
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    #5Brave 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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    Juan Willis
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Aldous Huxley wrote a book between the two Great wars..and saw past today. This is really saying something. Sometime in the near future society is separated into Castes and people are assigned (In some cases) to a breeding farm. Only a few women/men are selected and capable of this breeding (see a handmaid's tale for how this works out). Upper classes are extra elite.. lower classes are turgid, dirty (Like unwashed?). Excellent read. Far sighted."
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    #6Crime 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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    Sunny Sheng
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A classic book that, although written over 100 years ago, is still relatable "
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    #7A 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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    Jenny Chang
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Dickens is a celebrated writer for a very good reason, his works have provided valuable insight into the human condition, and to the social climate of the time of his writings. If I had to choose his 'Best' this book would be it without a doubt. It simply resonates the most of his works, it inspires an actual perspective change. For a 'best book' this is a pretty solid choice."
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    #8The 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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    Larry Campbell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I'm not really sure what a magnum opus book is... but I'm pretty sure that this is not one of them. The catcher in the Rye is one of the greatest book of all time in my opinion but should not be put in this category. "
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    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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    Thomas Schmidt
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Ulysses is a book that I would recommend to all Greek history geeks. The book has a lot of interesting mythological characters in it and is presented in a fashion that makes it easy to read through and understand. "
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    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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    Roger Hudson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "1984 is, in my opinion, one of the best magnum opus books ever written. I consider it to be a classic at this point and a "must read". For some reason, I just got around to reading it and can't believe it took this long. While it's certainly dark, it's also a reminder of how bad society might become. In that way, it's a cautionary tale definitely worth reading."
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    #11Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Walter Perkins
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Great it has been about the book of heat in society"
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    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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    Vibhore Gavde
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Growing up I always liked Frankenstein movies I started reading more recently and thought the Frankenstein book would be a good book to read after seeing the movie. I liked the book a lot. I like the movie better though."
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    #13One 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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    Pranav Patel
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "When we say Buendia, we're not just saying "good day" to you. I do believe this book was the birth of the magical realism genre that we are all tentatively familiar with today so why not give it a try? "
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    #14On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 

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    Madison Weber
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I am a huge Kerouac fan and this book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the book so much that I am seriously considering taking a well deserved vacation and hitting the road to experience some of the freedoms Kerouac describes in this book. On the Road will definitely go on the shelf in my library with the other classics I've collected. "
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    #15Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged
    Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical novel by Russian author, Ayn Rand. It tells the story of Dagny Taggart and John Galt, the "Destroyer." The Destroyer has encouraged important people to go on a strike and make a new society of their own.

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    Sandra Enríquez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a pretty good read for a good versus bad story because the conflicts between the characters were written well. Even though the original publication of this was made several decades ago, I was still able to easily relate to the book."
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    #16The 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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    Juan Snyder
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Picture of Dorian Gray remains a class book made into multiple moves , remakes etc. Without question it is one of the best magnum opus let alone best classic stories of all time. "
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    #17Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)

    Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)
    Parable of the Sower, the 1st book in the Parable series, is a futuristic dystopian novel written by Octavia Butler, a Hugo and Nebula Award winner. It tells the story of Lauren Olamina, who is trying to survive and bring order back to a chaotic world.

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    Zachary King
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A compelling novel of a dystopian America, that avoids many of the pitfalls, which usually plagues this genre. Fascinating and thought provoking, by an author who is fast becoming one of my favorites. "
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    #18The 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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    Jacob Hudson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book that can be appreciated by readers of all ages and persuasions. "
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Simon Wu
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is Vonnegut's most popular novel because it is his best. Many readers have fallen in love with this book and went to read the others and found them lacking. There's something special about the imagination and relevant social commentary found in this classic. "
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    #20Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Vincent Holland
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Before there was slash fiction, there was Golding. Sure, we're forced to read it in school, but it doesn't change the quality, and it prepares most of it for what we'll see on the TV later in life in politics."
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    #21The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.


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    Brian Shaw
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "ive actualyl read this, many years back now. it was a really good retelling of King Arthur's tale"


Best What are the best magnum opus books
1HamletBooks 55 Paid
2Les MisérablesBooks 51 Paid
3The Divine ComedyBooks 48 Paid
4Anna KareninaBooks 46 Free
5Brave New WorldBooks 45 Paid
6Crime and PunishmentBooks 42 Paid
7A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 39 Paid
8The Catcher in the RyeBooks 36 Paid
9UlyssesBooks 36 Paid
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