What are the best non-American books for Americans?

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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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    Israel Suárez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "1984 Is a wonderful book, and written by one of the best non-american authors yet. The dystopian universe is an eye opener for americans. It represents where we might be headed to as a society."
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    #2The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Craig Wilson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Count of Monte Cristo is classic that's stood the test of time. It's a must read for anyone that's really into literature. It's about Monte Cristo who plots for revenge on those who wrongly jailed him for a crime he wasn't responsible. I read this in high school and loved it."
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    #3Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Jane Robinson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "A great classic love story! Definitely a must-read!"
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    #4Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak tells the story of the eponymous Yuri Zhivago, Tonya, Lara, and Pasha. Set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution, the book is rife with commentary on the political struggles of the time.

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    Isidro Santana
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Doctor Zhivago is a good solution for best non-American books for Americans because it is a popular story about the Russian revolution written in English.. "
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    #5All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

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    Jesse Barrett
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a classic book about World War 1 from the perspective of a German soldier. I thought it was a pretty good story that shows perspective of what soldiers go through mentally when they come back from fighting. The book doesn't glorify the war or any side that I can remember which is good, it mainly just focused on one man and his struggles."
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    Siddharta is a spiritual fiction novel written by Herman Hesse. It was published January 1, 1982 by Bantam publishing. It narrates the story of a young man's journey to spiritual enlightenment.


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    Lawrence Price
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Siddhartha is a classic title that takes place in Germany of 1922, following a wealthy India Brahmin who seeks spiritual fulfillment and wisdom. It's a great book if you're into historical spirituality and although it's not a very long book, it is still an interesting read to learn about old times."
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    #7One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a classic Russian historical fiction novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It was first published as Novy Mir in 1962 and translated by H.T. Wells in 1991. 


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    Charles Scott
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich is a great foreign book for Americans. A fantastic historical fiction, this is a great read for anyone interested in Russian literature."
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    #8The 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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    Tyler Howard
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This classic book is touching and realistic of how a man destroyed his life due to his selfish whims. His careless desires ruined his wife and childrens' lives that will bring you to tears."
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    #9Life of Pi

    Life of Pi
    Life of Pi is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. It tells the story of Pi Patel, who gets shipwrecked and ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adrift in the ocean, they struggled to survive for 227 days.

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    Juan Santos
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This book is better than most man vs. nature type novels I have read. It goes beyond most stories in terms of philosophical topics like life and death and religion. I really enjoyed the religious sections of the book as they touch on spirituality that I don't have much experience with in America."
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    #10The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita is a satire about the devil visiting the godless Soviet Union in the 1930s. Mikhail Bulgakov wrote the book during Stalin's regime and can be regarded as a response to political repression.


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    Thomas Sandoval
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This novel tosses wildly between the real, a fantasy, and a deeper dive into Christianity and the human condition as a whole. I didn't like it, but I understand what makes it a worthwhile literary venture. Particularly, I enjoyed the witch character. It wasn't for me, but I'd recommend it anyway."
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    #11The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 


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    #12Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Unbearable Lightness of Being

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a philosophy fiction novel written by Milan Kundera which tells the story of a young woman in love with a married man. 


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    Katherine Stone
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book was originally written in Czech so it is a great non-American book for Americans. I could not put it down or stop thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. It was a very meaningful book and worth the read for sure. "
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    #13Animal 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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    Julie Wells
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Animal Farm is a great choice for Americans. I recommend it because the story in the book had eerie similarities to life today. As the characters in the book blindly follow the new normal into a horrible government, Americans can learn what to watch for to not end up on the same path. It is also a well written and captivating story. "
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    #14Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Harold Carr
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is one of my most important works of text from our modern age. Americans today and their freedom dont know how good they have it, and how things can go pear shaped as fast as ever. This is a must read experience to learn how tyranny can take over if the people let their guard down."
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    #15Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.


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    Joyce Vargas
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a book about a young hero who is very strong. He is from Africa. It really gives you a lesson of foreign culture and you can learn a lot. It was a great read and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I am in the process of reading it a second time. If you are curious about the African culture, then this book is for you. You will really learn about the culture from it. "
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    #16Crime 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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    Jordan Hunter
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If there's a single book written by a foreigner that every American should read, it's Crime and Punishment. It's much better than the other famous Russian novel everyone reads and it's one of the best books ever written by anyone."
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    #17A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 


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    #18Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of Magatama)

    Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of Magatama)
    Dragon Sword and Wind Child is a fantasy novel by Noriko Ogiwara, translated from the original Japanese by Cathy Hirano. It tells the story of Saya, who is forced to choose sides in a war waged by the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness.

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    Dylan Castillo
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "If an American citizen wanted to read an entertaining and captivating book that was un-American, Dragon Sword and Wind Child would be a great pick. This book tells the tale of a young person struggling with understanding good and evil and which path to take. It's relevant to anybody alive today and would be a great read for enjoyment. "
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    #19The Trail of Bohu

    The Trail of Bohu

    The Trail of Bohu is a book by Charles Saunders that tells a story of Imaro. He is a warrior who already settled in living his life as a husband and father to his kingdom. But he has to fight again when Imaro came. 


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    Sandra Keller
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The Trail of Bohu is a great book. I read it when I was a junior in college and it completely changed my views on life. I know it's a story about a fictitious kingdom, but there is alot of life's lesson in the narrative. It's a really great series to get into. It actually is the last of in a series of 3. Saunders does a fantastic job of describing the imagery in the scenes. He creates this fantastical world that you get drawn to. It was easily one of the best books I ever read, and my personal favorite of the series If you want to check out something new and enter into an exciting world, definitely read The Trail of Bohu. "
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    #20The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)

    The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)
    The Girl with Ghost Eyes is the first book in Xian Li-lin series written by M. H. Boroson. It is a historical paranormal fantasy novel published by Talos in 2015. 

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    Peter Zhang
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "One of the best trilling book to read. Unexpected and excellent story to read"
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    #21Under Heaven

    Under Heaven

    Under Heaven is a fantasy novel by award-winning-author, Guy Gavriel Kay. Inspired by the Tang Dynasty in 8th-century China, it tells the story of army general Shen Tai as he deals with threats to his life.


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    Jing Zhu
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Author Guy Gavriel Kay is Canadian, living in Montreal, but the book is still very appealing for Americans. The book is set in ancient China which makes an interesting setting. It feels authentic, while telling an interesting story."
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    #22The Skin I'm In

    The Skin I'm In
    Maleeka is a thirteen years old girl who is constantly mocked by her classmates, mainly because of her darker skin tone. She is having a rough time until she meets a new teacher, who has a birthmark on her face and will show her how to embrace her different skin color. 


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    Bobby Hayes
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "It's an American book so it's not exactly what the topic is looking for. It is a very emotional and moving book about learning to accept yourself though. I think most people would enjoy it."
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    #23Begging for Change (Raspberry Hill Series)

    Begging for Change (Raspberry Hill Series)

    Raspberry is a young girl who thought that the only way to help her mother was to steal money from her own friend. Now, she has to deal with the guilt feeling and all the possible consequences of this act, making sure that this is not the beginning of a thieving life like the one her father has. 


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    Jenny Chang
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Begging for Change isn't going to crack even the top 100 of the best non-American books for Americans. That is a lengthy list filled with classics, and this is just another ordinary book."
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    #24Money Hungry (Raspberry Hill Series)

    Money Hungry (Raspberry Hill Series)

    Raspberry Hill is desperate for money: she still can remember perfectly those days she slept in the streets and the only thing she could eat were handouts, so she is going to do whatever is necessary to get the money to bring her and her family a better life. 


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    Alice Morgan
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "At first glance, "Money Hungry" appears to chiefly be about heroine/protagonist Raspberry Hill wanting money, but looking and reading deeper into the story, you come to realize that what Raspberry wants is stability for herself and her mother, having once been homeless AND penniless. In Raspberry's young mind, money equals stability and respect, so one can understand her reluctance to part with said funds."
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    Yu Gu
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "One of the better books out there when it comes to finding new reading materials that are not native. I sat and read it over the weekend and I can't say I was bored at any point, decent material."


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5All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 33 Paid
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8The Good EarthBooks 29 Paid
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