What are the best picaresque novels?

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    #1Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 

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    Ling Wu
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This book is a classic! I love "Man of La Mancha" so it was great to read the original story that the musical was based on."
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    #2The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Ishan Shah
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was in the mood to read a classic book. I saw The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and remembered I had not read it since grade school. I read it and did not even remember most of it. It was a good book. "
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    #3La Vida Del Lazarillo De Tormes

    La Vida Del Lazarillo De Tormes

    La Vida Del Lazarillo De Tormes is a Spanish novel written by an anonymous writer in 1554. It is an autobiography about Charles the Fifth conquering Spain from Lazarillo's perspective.


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    Christine Sullivan
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This book is definitely one of the best picaresque novels I have read. The language was hard at first, but the author included some vocabulary to help you through it. You get to experience Spain and how Charles the Fifth conquered it, but through the eyes of someone else. It was truely magnificent. "
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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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    Gerald Price
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Funny story, and still relevant after all these years. Nothing too special, but not bad either."
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    #5A Confederacy of Dunces

    A Confederacy of Dunces
    A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece by John Kennedy Toole's, The hero, Ignatius J. Reilly is a huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, latter-day Gargantua, and Don Quixote of the French Quarter.

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    Brandon West
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I came on here looking to find the best picaresque novels. I was told to check out A Confederacy of Dunces. This was an interesting and funny read, I really liked it. "
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    #6The History of Tom Jones

    The History of Tom Jones
    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling is an adventure comic novel by Henry Fielding set in the 18th century England first published in 1749. This book is about how Tom Jones overcame hardships to make his own fortune. 

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    Nicholas Gomez
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is one of the most unique novels I have ever read. The writing style and observations of the writer have a uniquely sarcastic tone that I haven't come across in any other book. The characters are very fleshed out and have dimension to them."
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    #7The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    One of Mark Twain's most beloved and respected novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer presents a tale of two young boys, their antics and adventures in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri.


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    Joseph McCoy
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The best picaresque novel is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Truly an American classic, this book follows two boys, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on their journey of mischief, intrigue, and adventure."
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    #8The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events series written by Lemony Snicket first published in 1999. It is about the misadventures of three Baudelaire siblings. 


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    Steven Luo
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Bad Beginning is an interesting book. If you like more positive and happy books then you might find this book uninterestihng. It is about these three children whose parents die in a fire. Then this man named Mr. Poe and he takes them to a persons house named Count Olaf."
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    #9The Satyricon

    The Satyricon

    The Satyricon is a Latin novel written by Petronius Arbiter published by Oxford University Press in 1999. It is about the Encolpius,  his lover Giton and his friend Ascyltus. 


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    Johnny Freeman
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Satyricon Is a great solution for best picaresque novels because it is a Latin published by a prestigious university. "
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    #10The Decameron

    The Decameron

    The Decameron is a medieval fiction written by Giovanni Boccaccio in the 14th century. It contains 100 tales of love and adventure told from the point of view of 10 men inside a city ravaged by the deadly Black Death.


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    Julia Freeman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I was looking for a good picaresque novel and my book club recommended The Decameron. It is a beautifully written medieval fiction by Giovanni Boccaccio that is based in the 14th century. The book illustrates the meaning of love and adventure that can be seen from a totally different perspective. "
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    #11Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels is a fantasy fiction novel written by Jonathan Swift, with an introduction from Robert Demaria, Jr based on the edition published in 1726.


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    Julie Graham
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "My nephew collects illustrated classic novels, so I gave him this for his birthday, and it's become one of the most treasured volumes in his collection. The illustrations are gorgeous, the construction is solid, and the story has stood the test of time."
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    #12The 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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    Arthur Reyes
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "One of the best revenge novels ever written. The story is engaging from the start and finishes with such great satisfaction. Few novels are written and told so well as this one is. This is a must read for anyone interested in literature and the classics."
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    #13Dead Souls

    Dead Souls

    Dead Souls is a dramatic historical fiction with a deep mysterious theme written by Nikolai Gogol. It was originally published in 2004 with Robert A. Maguire's translation. It is a portrait of different human traits.


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    Ajay Rangan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I've read four previous translations of what is perhaps the world's greatest comic novel after Quixote. This is the best of them, better even than Reavey's, managing both to capture the wonderful 2D of the dialogue as well as the lyrical descriptions, where the sentences twist and turn until all sense of good and bad is lost. "


Best What are the best picaresque novels
1Don QuixoteBooks 25 Paid
2The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 23 Free
3La Vida Del Lazarillo De TormesBooks 20 Paid
4CandideBooks 20 Paid
5A Confederacy of DuncesBooks 19 Paid
6The History of Tom JonesBooks 18 Paid
7The Adventures of Tom SawyerBooks 18 Paid
8The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)Books 16 Paid
9The SatyriconBooks 15 Paid
10The DecameronBooks 14 Paid

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