What are the best novellas ever?

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    #1Anna 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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    Teresa Schneider
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Although this answer is a matter of opinion, Anna Karenina is widely regarded as a classic novella. The answer was well explained. "
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    #2The Metamorphosis

    The Metamorphosis
    Gregor Samsa was a regular traveling salesman who one night transformed into a cockroach-looking animal. As his whole family despises him, this book uses Samsa's transformation to talk about human feeling of acceptance and guiltiness, as his new condition brought poverty to his family. 


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    Andrea Tran
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I had heard a lot about The Metamorphosis from my friends. They told me that it was one of the best novels ever and was a really deep story. I decided to check it out and finished it within a few weeks. While it was a good book I wouldn't call it one of the best ever."
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    #3Animal 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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    Shirley Kennedy
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This story is a classic by Orwell. Everyone should read this at least once. The kindle version has lots of typos though."
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    #4Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 


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    Howard Mitchell
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book. It was very thrilling and really made me want to finish it. The book was turned into Apocalypse now so if you enjoyed the movie pick up this book. Even if you haven't seen the movie I highly recommend the book."
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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Barbara Smith
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Night (Night) is a great novella. It tells an interesting story with only 120 pages. It is an easy, quick read but well worth it. It is about the Holocaust and really describes the torment and the worst parts of humanity. "
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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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    Juan Tucker
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Siddhartha is an epic coming of age story about a young man contemplating his life. This book is emotional at times and I can not help but the relate to almost every page I read. "
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    #7Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Michael Franklin
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Two difference types of characters come together in this short story, "Of Mice and Men." Heck, I bet you've even heard of it! A petite young man, who may lack in size but has intelligence, goes off a journey with a very large, quite the opposite of himself type of man. This is for anyone who loves a nice, "but can't keep your eyes off it" type of feeling."
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    #8Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground
    In Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retreated underground, fully isolating himself from society. It exhibits Dostoyevsky's thoughts on society and the human condition.

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    Pranav Chattopadhyay
    Written on March 23, 2018
    " Without any doubt Dostoevsky is one of the most talented writers of universal literature, writing some of the most famous works such as "Karamazov Brothers", "Crime and Punishment" and, of course, "Notes from Underground". Being the first realistic novel, "Notes from Underground" is one of the most widely read novels, focusing on the psychology of life."
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    #9Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

    Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

    Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a novella written by the famous author of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville. First published in 1853, it tells the story of Bartleby, a scribe in 19th century Wall Street.


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    Craig Miller
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love to devour short novellas because they can be so fun. Recently, I read Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and it made the way to the top of my novella list. The book is by far my favorite and is a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it. "
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    #10The Death of Ivan Ilych

    The Death of Ivan Ilych
    This novella, written soon after Tolstoi's conversion to Christianity, tells the story of Ivan Ilych, an official of the Court of Justice who after falling in his own home, has no choice but no accept his death, which takes a long time to occur. 


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    Jeremy Howell
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I could not put this book down, I have been thinking about it a great deal since I finished. this is literature with amazing depth. A pleasure to read."
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    #11The 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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    Donna Contreras
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Not only did I read this as a young kid but I also have it now in an edition for my young children. As they say some stories never get old. I think that this book really got me started with loving animals as I couldn't have any as a child. It took me on the journey with them and made me a happier kid. "
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    #12Chronicle of a Death Foretold

    Chronicle of a Death Foretold
    27 years after a mysterious murder, a man returns to the town where everything happened to find out more about it. It was the wedding night of Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman, but he found out that she wasn't a virgin: Santiago Nasar was his first lover some months ago. After dishonoring their sister, Angela's brothers plan to kill Santiago, and despite everybody knew about their intentions, nobody stopped them. 


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    Lauren Jenkins
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Chronicle of a Death Foretold was a wonderful novella that includes murder and family drama. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novella and I would classify it as one of the best novellas ever written! The way the novella is written is engaging and the storyline is interesting and exciting. I would strongly recommend the Chronicle of a Death Foretold!"
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    #13Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories is a collection of short stories by Truman Capote. Aside from the well-known story "Breakfast at Tiffany's," it includes "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory."


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    Cathy Jiang
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I'm more of a murder mystery person so a book like this wouldn't be for me. Although, I do like the fact that the book has some short stories at the end. That's a bit strange but a different addition. "
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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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    #15The 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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    Benjamin Black
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Are used to read this book to my children before they went to sleep and enjoyed the story just as much as they did. The artwork is fantastic. The sci-fi story and it's children's theme holds up for generations."
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    #16Dirty Doctor (Steamy Coffee Reads Collection)

    Dirty Doctor (Steamy Coffee Reads Collection)
    Dirty Doctor is the second book in the contemporary romance series Steamy Coffee Collection written by Whitney G. which follows the love story between Garrett Ashton and Natalie Madison.

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    Alice Porter
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The book was ok. I like my racy books to be more on the believable side. I started the book one weekend and finished it the next. I don't really recommend. For me to put down a book is not a great recommendation. I'm retired and have much time to read. I recommend you look elsewhere."
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    #17Capture the Rainbow (Sedikhan series)

    Capture the Rainbow (Sedikhan series)

    Capture the Rainbow (is a fictional category romance novel written by Iris Johansen. This fictional category romance novel was published on January 29, 2008 by Bantam.


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    Jordan Watkins
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Capture the Rainbow certainly isn't the best novella ever produced, but it's certainly not the worst either. Was it enjoyable? For the most part. It seems more of a one and done type of novella though. "
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    #18The Pupil

    The Pupil

    The Pupil is a novella written by renowned American-born British writer Henry James. It was first released in Longman's Magazine in 1891. It is about a young boy trying to find a parent's appreciation from his teacher.


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    Jerry Medina
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Henry James is one of those 19th century authors who gets way less credit and recognition than he deserves. This sentiment is especially true after one reads his novella “The Pupil.” Like many of his other novellas, James’ “The Pupil” is best read whenever one is “in the mood for James.” That is to say, it is better digested whenever one is ready, rather than forcing oneself to read it. If you like James, then you’ll surely love “The Pupil”"
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    #19Rough Ride (Chaos)

    Rough Ride (Chaos)
    Rough Ride is a novella in the contemporary romance series Chaos written by Kristen Ashley which follows the romance between Rosalie Holloway and Chaos Motorcycle Club brother Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh.

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    Ajay Kapur
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "One good look at the cover will tell you that this isn't one of the best novellas ever written. If you judge books by their cover, you would burn this, and be right in doing so. The writing itself is technically accurate, which is the best kind of accurate, but stuffed full of meaningless dribble and outdated or just plain confused platitudes. Hard pass for me."


Best What are the best novellas ever
1Anna KareninaBooks 36 Free
2The MetamorphosisBooks 32 Paid
3Animal FarmBooks 31 Paid
4Heart of DarknessBooks 30 Paid
5NightBooks 28 Paid
6SiddharthaBooks 26 Paid
7Of Mice and MenBooks 23 Paid
8Notes From UndergroundBooks 22 Paid
9Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall StreetBooks 15 Paid
10The Death of Ivan IlychBooks 14 Paid

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