What are the best must-read novels according to The Guardian?

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    #1Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels is a fantasy fiction novel written by Jonathan Swift, with an introduction from Robert Demaria, Jr based on the edition published in 1726.


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    Phillip Roberts
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "What can be said about Jonathan Swift's classic novel, Gulliver's Travels, that hasn't been said a thousand times before? It's been discussed to great lengths by academics, appeared on many "greatest novels of all time" lists (including a recent one by The Guardian), and had countless adaptations to film. And yet, nearly 300 years after its original publication, Gulliver's Travels is still one of essential novels of the English language, one that everyone should read at some point in their lives. I won't spoil what happens, in case you're one of the very few people in the world who isn't familiar with how the story goes; and if you are one of those lucky people, please do buy it and read it today."
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    #2To 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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    Helen Smith
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "To Kill a Mockingbird is listed under The Guardian's top 50 books you must read. As a lover of classics, I enjoyed reading this story as told through the eye's of a young girl. While I didn't appreciate it when I was younger, I reread the story a few years ago. It captures all the drama of racism, social class and injustice."
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    #3Brave 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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    Diana Su
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I needed to find the best must-read novels according to The Guardian. I found Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It's an awesome fiction novel published in 1932. It's all about living the perfect life, following Bernard Marx. It's a really amazing story that is touching and fascinating. My friends and I love this book. Check it out!"
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    #4The 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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    Dennis Sanders
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald should not be included in The Gaurdian's list of best must read novels. While considered by some readers to be classic literature, Fitzgerald's novel promotes racism and thus should not be included among a must read list. We have enough racism in the United States, as it is, we do not need to teach people to be more racist by promoting racist books."
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    #5Jane 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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    Debra Wilson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love this book. I have read it before in normal novel format."
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Christine Anderson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I read this in high school (I'm 72 now) and at that time it was a prediction of things to come. In some ways it's pretty close. It is interesting that people are reading it more now because of the current situation. I think that if they are alarmed by this book they should try "It Can't Happen Here.""
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    #7The 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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    Marie Webb
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Rather dry book but I understand that it is a classic. In that sense I suppose it is all right. But if you are looking to read for entertainment sake you may want to pass this one up."
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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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    Barbara Smith
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Catcher is the Rye was required reading in my high school. There's a reason they made us read the book. I would suggest grabbing this book on a rainy weekend or snowy weekend in the winter. Grab a good cup of coffee and settle down to savor Salinger's characters. I'll not lie to you. You may be offended at some of the language you read. If you can jump past that hurtle, you will read a book that will haunt you for some time to come."
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    #9The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Thomas Rice
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is widely recognized as one of the best books out there and is a classic read by Mark Twain. If you haven't read this you've got to fix that!"
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    #10Little 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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    Jaime Delgado
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Little Women is an old classic that was simply begging to be re-read. I think I started the book so many times when I was in elementary school that I had actually memorized the opening chapter. Every word rang as familiar to my eyes and heart as a forgotten Christmas Carol. But, but I don't remember ever finishing the book -- until this time. "
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    #11Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

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    Jesse Banks
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Charlotte's Web is a book by EB White. It is available from Amazon for $8.09 for a hardcover. It is one of my favorite books of all time. It is about life and death on a farm. Every kid should read this story for sure and for only 8 dollars it is worth adding to your collection."
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    #12Madame 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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    Diane Payne
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Guardian might think this is a must read, but I didn't even finish it before I got bored. I thought the story about the main character was a bit much and very unrealistic."
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    #13Lord 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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    Donald Freeman
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a book I've heard about for years but only recently got a chance to purchase and read. I was looking for book recommendations on the Guadian and came across Lord of the Flies. I loved it! I started reading it Saturday morning and barely put it down since. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this book."
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    #14Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland is a book by Jane Carruth. It is an adaptation of the original fantasy novel written by Lewis Carol (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It follows the story of Alice who fell through the rabbit hole.  


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    Lawrence Dean
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The guardian is my favorite publication. I came on here looking for the best must-read novels according to The Guardian. I was told to try Alice in Wonderland. Too bad I already read this 20 times. But I do have to agree, it is the best. "
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    #15Anna 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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    Kevin Bowman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I first heard of Anna Karenina in college, where it was regarded as must read material and I must say that it did live up to its hype. Tolstoy takes the reader on an incredible adventure via converging storylines that deeply connects the reader, the characters and the story."


Best What are the best must-read novels according to The Guardian
1Gulliver's TravelsBooks 21 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 19 Paid
3Brave New WorldBooks 17 Paid
4The Great GatsbyBooks 17 Paid
5Jane EyreBooks 16 Paid
61984Books 14 Paid
7The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 14 Paid
8The Catcher in the RyeBooks 12 Paid
9The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 12 Free
10Little WomenBooks 10 Paid

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