What are the best must-read novels from the Modern Library list?

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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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    Denise Castillo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Definitely a classic for the ages. If you somehow haven't read this yet, you need to give it a go now."
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    #2Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Laura Fisher
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Searching for best must-read novels from the Modern Library list with a solution presented of the Animal Farm would be a great result. The overall reviews are 4.5 stars out of 5 with 3,902 customer reviews. The book was written in 2004 so I feel modern would apply to this text. In addition, the price point and the availability of the type of product available is a huge benefit that I would be interested in."
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    #3The 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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    Matthew Patterson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I think this is an ok solution. The book is a classic but I think most people would have a lot of books ranked higher. "
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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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    Brittany Estrada
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I would coin The Great Gatsby the best must-read. I like how it demonstrates life struggles. I enjoyed the guy's perceptive featured in The Great Gatsby. "
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    #5The Leopard

    The Leopard

    The Leopard is a story written by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa but was posthumously published in 1958. It was adapted to a film of the same name in 1963. It tells the story of a powerful Sicilian family who is threatened by the rise of democracy.


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    Andrew Ortega
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Just because you've probably never heard of Giuseppe Di Lampedusa doesn't mean you should pass over this gem of a book! The leopard might not be go-to animal book but it's a classic that should not be missed. I found out so much I didn't know before about history. Who knew the Sicilian aristocracy could be so entertaining? The book also bolstered my belief in the importance of democracies, not just in Italy but around the world. It was an easy read too, and certainly engaging from start to finish. Highly recommended for your modern library classic list."
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    #6To 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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    Rachel Webb
    Written on April 18, 2018
    " To Kill a Mockingbird has to be at the top of my modern library list. I think that this book has stood the test of time and most people will gain some benefit to their perspective from reading this book."
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    #7Gone 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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    #8The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Timothy Morales
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is absolutely hilarious. Let me just say, it is not for everyone. But if you love sci-fi and over the top humor with an intellectual edge, (think Monty Python or Space Balls,) you will love this book. A must read. The movie is great too!"
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    #9Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Doris Powell
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a wonderful children's book of a new modern style. This book will teach you about the aspects of telepathy, and all of the benefits, as well as negatives that come along with this rare gift. You will find this to be a very interesting and fun read!"
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    #10A Room With a View

    A Room With a View

    A Room With a View tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young English middle-class girl who meets two gentlemen in her vacation in Florence, Italy. Lucy is torn between conforming to the social norms and following her heart's desire.


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    Joshua Owens
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book definitely suffers as an object of its time. Meaning that it's terms are somewhat dated, its references are in the same boat and I feel like there has been better out there, regardless of those facts. However, if you can accept those facts? It's worth a read."
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    #11Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    Carol Reid
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Dune (Dune Chronicles) is a must-read novel from the Modern Library list. It talks about an adventurous traitorous plot. It was pretty good. "
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    #12Lord 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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    Danielle Edwards
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued"
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    #13The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s famous short novel published in 1903. London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness and the pull of instinct through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. 


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    Evelyn Brown
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Call of the Wild gets better every time I read it. This book is full of life and adventure, all through the unique eyes of a dog. It captures the savage nature of being an animal while also delving into how the consciousness of all creatures functions."
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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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    Christine Alvarado
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I know that this book is considered a classic, but I just can't get into it. It's really slow-paced, and I don't find any of the characters to have any redeeming qualities. Maybe that's the point of the book? Even as a Vonnegut fan, I think this is a fairly boring book, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. "
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    #15Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast

    Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast
    Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast is a book written by Jane Yolen. It was published in 2001. It has 12 modern myths and tales for young adults, including the Nebula award winner, Lost Girls.

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    Jean Jacobs
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I purchased this book for my classroom. We have been reading from it a little during our down times and at the end of the day. Students have mixed reactions to the various stories. Some are a little scary for some of the kids. But overall they liked most of the book. Some of there favorites were Lost Girls and Phoenix Farm. "


Best What are the best must-read novels from the Modern Library list
1UlyssesBooks 35 Paid
2Animal FarmBooks 31 Paid
3The Catcher in the RyeBooks 29 Paid
4The Great GatsbyBooks 29 Paid
5The LeopardBooks 25 Paid
6To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 24 Paid
7Gone with the Wind Books 22 Paid
8The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 20 Paid
9Midnight's ChildrenBooks 18 Paid
10A Room With a ViewBooks 16 Paid

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