Classic French Novels Definitely Worth the Read ...

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Classic French Novels Definitely Worth the Read  ...
Classic French Novels Definitely Worth the Read  ...

Do you think that it's about time you got around to reading some classic novels? Maybe after watching 'Les Miserables' you're curious to read the book it's based on. Victor Hugo's classic is just one of many French novels that are available translated into English, so if you love classic novels here are some that are worth the read …

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Jean De Florette

Jean De Florette Filmed in 1986, this novel by Marcel Pagnol tells the story of a man who inherits a farm. He moves there and tries to make a go of it, but his efforts are sabotaged by the neighbours who want his land. It's a sad story but very moving. The sequel Manon des Sources was also filmed, and follows Jean's daughter as she seeks revenge … for what? You'll have to read the book to find out!

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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas' book has been filmed many times, so why not go back to basics and read the book? It's not as serious as you might expect from a classic, but is actually quite droll and amusing. The musketeers also appeared in the sequels Twenty Years After and The Man In The Iron Mask (itself filmed more than once).

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Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days French novels have provided the source material for many movies, and Around the World in Eighty Days has been turned into a movie more than once. Adventurer Phineas Fogg accepts a bet to travel around the world in less than 80 days - this may not seem much of a feat by modern standards, but when Jules Verne wrote the book travel was a lot slower.

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses If you're fascinated by pre-revolutionary France and the decadent Royal court, you should read Dangerous Liaisons, written by Choderlos de Laclos. Bored aristocrats amuse themselves by manipulating others, with Madame de Merteuil challenging the Vicomte de Valmont to seduce a virtuous young woman. All does not go according to plan …

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame The definitive movie version of this classic book starred Charles Laughton (if you like black-and-white movies you should catch it). Hunchbacked bell-ringer Quasimodo falls in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. It's a dramatic story which shows that the purest hearts are often disguised in the ugliest exteriors.

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The Little Prince

The Little Prince You may have read The Little Prince as a child. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novel is an allegory representing his exile from France during the Second World war. But many enjoy it as a simple tale suitable for children. Whichever level you read it at, it's a beautiful story.

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Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse Françoise Sagan's novel, which means 'Hello Sadness', was written when she was only in her teens. Teenager Cécile tries to sabotage the relationship between her father and his latest love, feeling that the other woman is going to upset their life together. As you would expect from literature, Cécile's meddling has major consequences …

Although it's always best to read a novel in the original language, a translation does make it accessible if you don't have the language skills. So don't let a lack of French put you off; read some of the many wonderful French novels out there!

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I read Jean de florette and Le petit prince for school and they were so boring!!! But I have to admit manon des sources was somewhat more interesting unfortunately I never came astound to finishing it. The other books seem really good tho and I'm definitely going to read them. My brother read les trois mousquetaires for school and absolutely loved it.

@jenna yes cruel intentions is basically a modern version of dangerous liaisons! They were both great actually.

(Robert Pattinson played the main character of this novel in a movie) Or Therese Raquin, written by Zola. Another wonderful book is Au bonheur des Dames by Zola (there is an adaption on Netflix named the paradise I think). Bonjour Tristesse is my favorite

I've enjoyed French literature all my life, definitely Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Guy de Maupassant have been my companions for many years. Le Petit Prince is a book that has become part of my thoughts and a guide in life since I was just a girl. Thank you for this post, we need diversity.

I read around the world in 80 days... And it was amazingggg it was one of my fav books❤️❤️must read.

Book of all the time ! You should absolutely read it ! (And all the other books written by Sagan !)

Nice books good article

Hi, I'm french and a bookworm so I know pretty well these books ! They are really classical so some people will find them very boring (a lot of description). However the psychological aspect is very wonderful, for example in Bel-Ami written by Maupassant

The little prince is such a great read really good and not just for kids. I will recommend it. Good choices there.

I'm surprised you didn't mention Madame Bovary. It's a great story, portraying infidelity and false hopes. Not a happy novel, but it keeps you enthralled. I first read it when I was in middle school and I recommend it.

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