What are the best novels translated into English?

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    #1The 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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    Donald Henderson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Little Prince is a classic. I was so happy to find a translation I was content with to share with my son. It is a beautiful story that is perfect to read before putting him to sleep. The watercolor drawings are gorgeous. My son loves trying to paint his own version of the story. Every family should own a copy of this book."
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    #2The Three Musketeers

    The Three Musketeers
    The Three Musketeers is a classic novel by French writer Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of D'Artaganan, a musketeer in training, and his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. This book popularized the phrase "one for all and all for one."
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    Juan Tucker
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This comment doesn't necessarily give the description of what they actually do. The phrase is correct, it could provide more details to entice readers."
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    #3Anna 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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    Anika Rathore
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is much more than a novel, it is a view into 19th century Russian society from top to bottom. We see the lives and work of peasants, the intellectual struggles of the well-informed, and the financial challenges facing wealthy city-dwellers and landed gentry. "
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    #4One 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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    Evelyn Moore
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "There are some books that live through time, some books that are never left behind or forgoten. This one, a masterpiece of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, describes the life of generations, different people and different eras. It is a very fine panorama of how life differs from one generation to another."
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    #5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.

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    Andrea Delgado
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book has rave reviews. It's The Book To Read, right? I hated it. Couldn't get into it. Didn't care in the slightest what was going on. I gave up after 100 pages."
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    #6The 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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    Jerry Hughes
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is a great book that was nominated as the best loved novel, I strongly recommend it."
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    #71Q84

    1Q84

    1Q84 is a fantasy fiction book written by Haruki Murakami which centers on a young woman named Aomame who follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. 

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    Phillip Foster
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "1Q84 is a fantasy fiction book written by Haruki Murakami which centers on a young woman named Aomame.i liked the role of this character "
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    #8The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.

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    Jose Moreno
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Pretty erotic read,i loved it. This book is tough to put down. With Nazi Germany and the atrocities of the Holocaust as the backdrop,this can be an intense novel. Such a well written book that tackles morality and loving people who committed such terrible acts on human life,this book is a rollercoaster of emotions.A very complex book."
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    #9Inkheart

    Inkheart
    Inkheart, a novel by New York Times Bestselling author, Cornelia Funk, is a story about a little girl who accidentally opened a magical book and an even magical world along with it. The novel is now a major motion picture. 
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    Óscar Venegas
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Fun and engaging book. The setting is written well enough to actually transport you to the world you're reading about. Only issue is that it's a bit too long for what the story is. A bit of it could have been left out for more impact."
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    #10The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind is a historical novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Published in 2001, it is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer.

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    Dennis Carr
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I loved this book. It might have been the first translated book I've read, and it was great. No errors or odd translations."
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    #11The Devotion of Suspect X (Detective Galileo Series)

    The Devotion of Suspect X (Detective Galileo Series)
    Keigo Higashino's The Devotion of Suspect X is book 3 in the Detective Galileo series, translated by Alexander O. Smith. It's a story involving a high-level battle of wits between Detective Galileo and his most clever and determined opponent yet.
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    Michael Medina
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes, just set in Japan. The translation was excellent and I had no problem understanding anything. The only problem I had was the ending, I felt it didn't give me a feeling of resolution and left me slightly unsatisfied."
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    #12I'll Be Right There

    I'll Be Right There

    I'll Be Right There is a novel by Kyung-Sook Shin translated into English by Sora Kim-Russell. It is set in 1980s South Korea and follows the personal story and experiences of a girl in the middle of the political revolution. 

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    Eduardo Piña
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I recently read I'll Be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin and didn't really enjoy it. I found the book hard to follow, there were some issues with the English translation."
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    #13Madame de Sade

    Madame de Sade

    Madame de Sade is a stage play written by Yukio Mishima. This book was originally published in November 1976 by the Gallimard. It has an English version translated by Donald Keene.

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    Diya Rodrigues
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The English translation of this novel was done by Donald Keene, and I have to say I was certainly pleased with the time and effort that went into it. It's true to the original in almost every detail, and really captures the classic story as it unfolds in Yukio Mishima's play."
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    #14Silk and Insight

    Silk and Insight

    Silk and Insight is a fiction novel written by Yukio Mishima. This book was originally published in October 1964 by Routledge. It has an English version translated by Hiroaki Sato.

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    Katherine Schmidt
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Silk and Insight is a tale based on the strike which took place in the mid-1950s at Omi Kenshi, a silk manufacturer not far from Tokyo. The events described reflect the management / labour tensions of the period and is a piece of social commentary on the transformation of Japanese business. This book was translated into English so it is easy to understand."
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    #15My Friend Hitler

    My Friend Hitler

    My Friend Hitler is a fiction and drama play written by Yukio Mishima. This book was originally published in December 1968. It has an English version published by the Columbia University Press.

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    Jacob Alexander
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Western audiences cannot handle this book. The Jewish creation myth is too strong. A few freethinking individuals, however, may be able to appreciate the author's genius."
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    #16The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin

    The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin
    The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin is a thrilling historical action fiction written by Vladimir Voinovich and translated by Richard Lourie. It was released in March 1995.
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    Paridhi Sengupta
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I had a great time reading this adventure novel. The translation is excellent. The story is thrilling."

Summary

Best What are the best novels translated into English
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Little PrinceBooks 37 Paid
2The Three MusketeersBooks 34 Paid
3Anna KareninaBooks 32 Free
4One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 30 Paid
5The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 27 Paid
6The Count of Monte CristoBooks 27 Free
71Q84Books 24 Paid
8The ReaderBooks 23 Paid
9InkheartBooks 17 Paid
10The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)Books 16 Paid
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