What are the best roman à clef novels?

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    #1The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    Doris Guo
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is good since The Bell Jar is one of the perfect examples of what a roman a clef novel is "
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    #2On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 
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    Muhammad Jaiteley
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Kerouac, just the name gives a feeling of prestige and confidence that what ever is behind the covers of the book ahead is nothing short of a masterpiece. Same holds true here. It gives a authentic look at of the journey of two friends."
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    #3The Lover

    The Lover

    The Lover is a sorrowful romantic novel by Marguerite Dumas about the interracial love affair between a French girl and a Chinese man in a time when French influence in Vietnam is weakening. This book won France's Prix Goncourt award.

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    #4Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.

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    #5A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and edited by Seamus Deane is published in 2003. This Penguin Classics edition portrays religious rebellion, including one's development intellectually and emotionally.

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    Adam Mason
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If you're into those real, but disguised characters, then A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is what you need to add to your cart! This book is wonderfully in depth, and has a way of carrying the reader along the journey in a effortless manner. I read this without hesitation, as the cover and title pulled me in...but don't be mistaken, this is approachable by readers of all types!"
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    #6Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 
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    Austin Cunningham
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book very much. The story of being lucky and being born at midnight is pretty cool. I think this story teach us all a moral lesson and we can all learn. "
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    #7The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Danielle Diaz
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Definitely worth a second reading! If you were forced to read this in high school, and analyze it to death, try reading it a second time, purely for pleasure. I found the novel to be a great coming of age story. "
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    #8David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

    David Copperfield (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charles Dickens with an introduction from David Gates. David Copperfield was published by Modern Library.

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    Gregory Jenkins
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I have long been a fan of roman à clef novels. So, I decided to research which was the best novel for roman à clef. The best one I have found so far is David Copperfield written by Charles Dickens. "
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    #9The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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    #10Animal 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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    #11Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is a cult classic of gonzo journalism. It chronicles a drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times of a road trip that went down in the annals of American pop culture.

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    Jean Morgan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is an OK novel. It does a good job at pairing real life events with fiction, but I was not the biggest fan of the topic. The book is a good one in the roman a clef novel genre, but I was turned off by the drugs. I would recommend this book to those who want to learn more about American pop culture."
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    #12The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Louis Valdez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book is written for young adults and rightfully so. It's such a powerful story and one that any young adult will love. I even liked it though it was a simple read. Some people think it is inappropriate, but why do they think 9th graders are mentally retarded and can't handle off color words? They curse, have intercourse, do drugs, and party like its the 60s. This book is far from inappropriate and is one of the better young adult novels out there."
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    #13Moon and Sixpence

    Moon and Sixpence

    Moon and Sixpence is a book based on the life of Paul Gauguin. This classic British literature is written by W. Somerset Maugham, and it was originally published in 1919.

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    Ai Feng
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Moon and Sixpence is a book based on the life of Paul Gauguin. This classic British literature is written by W. Somerset Maugham, and it was originally published in 1919."
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    #14Swann's Way

    Swann's Way

    Swann's Way is the first book in the À la recherche du temps perdu series by Marcel Proust. This book was originally published in 1913. This book is a classic European literature.

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    Sara Salazar
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "While I found this novel to be somewhat interesting, I was disappointed to learn that it was not a roman a clef novel. The lead character does have a lot in common with the author, but the book does not recount specific events that actually happened. "

Summary

Best What are the best roman à clef novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Bell JarBooks 53 Paid
2On the RoadBooks 49 Paid
3The LoverBooks 48 Paid
4Little WomenBooks 43 Paid
5A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManBooks 43 Paid
6Midnight's ChildrenBooks 41 Paid
7The Catcher in the RyeBooks 39 Paid
8David CopperfieldBooks 36 Paid
9The Grapes of WrathBooks 34 Paid
10Animal FarmBooks 32 Paid
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