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150 popular french books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from France. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne EN

Rating: 4 (3 votes)
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Verne's classic novel of global voyaging One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand - whether train or elephant - overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.... continue


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Baise-moi by Virginie Despentes FR

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Nadine et Manu sont deux filles de leur époque, à une nuance près : elles refusent de subir la vie, ses frustrations et ses défaites. Alors, elles forcent le destin à accomplir leur volonté, persuadées que tout ce qui ne les tuera pas les rendra plus fortes. De casses de supermarchés en revanches sanglantes, elles deviennent des prédatrices insatiables et sans scrupules, parsemant leur sale balade de sentences bien brutales, syncopées et implacables. [Source : 4eme de couv.]

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Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant EN

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Bel Ami is the second novel by French author Guy de Maupassant, published in 1885; an English translation titled Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel first appeared in 1903. Bel Ami Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his friends as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives - the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses and wily financiers - and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackm... continue


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Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan FR

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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La villa est magnifique, l'été brûlant, la Méditerranée toute proche. Cécile a dix-sept ans. Elle ne connaît de l'amour que des baisers, des rendez-vous, des lassitudes. Pas pour longtemps. Son père, veuf, est un adepte joyeux des liaisons passagères et sans importance. Ils s'amusent, ils n'ont besoin de personne, ils sont heureux. La visite d'une femme de coeur, intelligente et calme, vient troubler ce délicieux désordre. Comment écarter la menace ? Dans la pinède embrasée, un jeu cruel se prépare. C'était l'été 1954. On entendait pour la première fois la voix sèche et rapide d'un " charmant ... continue

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Calle de las Tiendas Oscuras by Patrick Modiano ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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La novela es relatada por Guy Roland, un hombre que ha perdido la memoria y trata de reconstruir su pasado y saber quien fue. Aplica la experiencia de sus ocho años como detective para recorrer pistas, e incluso algunas falsas permiten retomar el tenue hilo de Ariadna. Por momentos la ilación puede dificultar el seguimiento, y puede ser conveniente hacer un resumen. Bueno.

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Candide by Voltaire EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
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Candide : Or Optimism by Francois Voltaire EN

Rating: 4 (5 votes)
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Description:
Theo Cuffe's marvelous translation of Voltaire's satirical masterpiece With its vibrant new translation and perceptive introduction this new edition of Voltaire’s masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human behavior and our place in the world. Candide tells of the hilarious adventures of the naïve Candide, who doggedly believes that “all is for the best” even when faced with injustice, suffering, and despair. Controversial and entertaining, Candide is a book that is vitally relevant today in our world pervaded by—as Candide would say—“the mania for in... continue
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Colonel Chabert by Honore de Balzac EN

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Colonel Chabert with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac, which follows the titular character’s struggle to adapt to life in France after he was for years presumed dead. Chabert, a former war hero and a man of integrity, finds that there is no place for him in France’s new society, which is ruled by greed, selfishness and injustice, and is callously manipulated by his conniving ex-wife. The novel is one of the Scenes of Private Life in Balzac’s The Human Comed... continue


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