What are the best penguin modern classics-books?

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    #1Nineteen Eighty Four

    Nineteen Eighty Four

    1984 is a George Orwell fiction originally published in 1949. It is filled with political themes and was ranked 13th in the 100 best English novels in 1998. It is about Winston, a man fighting the totalitarian government ruling the land.


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    Amber Perry
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "A fantastic classic. The story has so many parallels to our times that we live in today. One of the better books to pick up. "
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    #2A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 


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    Joseph Smith
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I think this book is so interesting, at first you will find this book is a little bit confusing. However, that's what the author's intention, he wants you to gradually unfold the story through the events in the book. It is a book that will draw your attention 100%, it is a book that will make you wonder what is going on and why the character in the book made that decision, it is a book let you reflect on human nature. I think for me, it is a book in depth. "
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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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    Wu Han
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Orwell's satire of an animal socialist revolution is as timely today as it ever was. A brilliantly told tale, that displays a simplicity that is belied by its unfolding depth and disturbing implications. "
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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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    Victoria Henderson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."
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    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.

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    Yu Gu
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This was an interesting read. Kinda read but overall it wasn't bad. Some might like it while others might not."
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    #6The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about how Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book has won a number of awards for its contribution to the young adult genre.

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    Lisa Richards
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I loved this book when I was in high school. I thought it was a well-told story that helped you to identify with all the characters. I couldn't put it down when I was reading it. "
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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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    Maria Rivera
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is one of the greatest books of all time by one of the greatest Irish author's of all time, James Joyce . It is a long hard read a lot of times and some parts are slow, but if you stick with it, you'll find it was worth it in the end. There are 800 pages, so it's easy to get intimidated, but the characters and prose are beautiful and emotional. Very glad I read it. "
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    #8One 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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    Edward Larson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece, but it's a Harper Perennial Modern Classic, not a Penguin Modern Classic which is the specific imprint I'm interesting in, as I'm working through all of their titles. Until then, I'll be putting this novel on the back burner."
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    #9One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Huang Shen
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a very special book to me. It is a rare piece of literature which sheds light on the lives of people with mental illnesses living in a mental health facility. Their story isn't used to scare readers, but to entertain and even teach people what life is like in a mental hospital."
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    #10Breakfast 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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    Megan Spencer
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This book is a great modern classic and anyone at any level can read it. I like to read it at least once a year because it's such a great story."
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    #11Mist & Whispers (The Weavers Riddle)

    Mist & Whispers (The Weavers Riddle)

    Mist & Whispers (The Weavers Riddle) is a Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction novel written by C.M. Lucas. It was published October 26, 2016 by Oftomes Publishing.


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    Scott Hayes
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Mist & Whispers was a recommendation from my girlfriend who likes these adult fiction books that I am not all that into. It ended up being a great and simple read. The storytelling method is refreshing and has a great arc to it. I think anyone who bothers with this will be pleasantly surprised. Get yours today."


Best What are the best penguin modern classics-books
1Nineteen Eighty FourBooks 55 Paid
2A Clockwork OrangeBooks 38 Paid
3Animal FarmBooks 15 Paid
4The Great GatsbyBooks 14 Paid
5LolitaBooks 11 Paid
6The OutsidersBooks 9 Paid
7UlyssesBooks 6 Paid
8One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 5 Paid
9One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 3 Paid
10Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three StoriesBooks 1 Paid

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