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“What are the best French Literature Books OF All-Time?” We looked at 163 of the top French Literature, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 26 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best French Literature” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 26 French Literature Books



26 .) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

 A Moveable Feast Lists It Appears On:

  • Fodors
  • Red Online

Hemingway’s memories of his life as an unknown writer living in Paris in the twenties are deeply personal, warmly affectionate and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him – James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald – he recalls the time when, poor, happy and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation. Written during the last years of Hemingway’s life, his memoir is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city.

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25 .) Bel Ami (1885) by Guy de Maupassant

 Bel Ami (1885) Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • Qwik Lit

Guy de Maupassant’s scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power, “Bel-Ami” is translated with an introduction by Douglas Parmee in “Penguin Classics”. Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers 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, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, “Bel-Ami” is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life – depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle epoque with wit, sensitivity and humanity. Douglas Parmee’s translation captures all the vigour and vitality of Maupassant’s novel. His introduction explores the similarities between Bel-Ami and Maupassant himself and demonstrates the skill with which the author depicts his large cast of characters and the French society of the Third Republic.

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24 .) Dangerous Liaisons (1782) by Pierre Chardelos de Laclos

 Dangerous Liaisons (1782) Lists It Appears On:

  • Qwik Lit
  • The Culture Trip

The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel’s prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game – a game which they must win. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as “diabolical” and “infamous” as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward’s introduction explodes myths about Laclos’s own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context.

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23 .) L’Élégance du Hérisson by Muriel Barbery

Lists It Appears On:

  • French Together
  • iTalki

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22 .) La Vie mode d’emploi (Life A User’s Manual) by Georges Perec

 La Vie mode d’emploi (Life A User’s Manual) Lists It Appears On:

  • BBC
  • Five Books

Life is an unclassified masterpiece, a sprawling compendium as encyclopedic as Dante’s Commedia and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and, in its break with tradition, as inspiring as Joyce’s Ulysses. Perec’s spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, like an onion being peeled, and extraordinary rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre, unlikely, moving, funny, or (sometimes) quite ordinary. From the confessions of a racing cyclist to the plans of an avenging murderer, from a young ethnographer obsessed with a Sumatran tribe to the death of a trapeze artist, from the fears of an ex-croupier to the dreams of a sex-change pop star to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime, Life is a manual of human irony, portraying the mixed marriages of fortunes, passions and despairs, betrayals and bereavements, of hundreds of lives in Paris and around the world. But the novel in more than an extraordinary range of fictions; it is a closely observed account of life and experience. The apartment block’s one hundred rooms are arranged in a magic square, and the book as a whole is peppered with a staggering range of literary puzzles and allusions, acrostics, problems of chess and logic, crosswords, and mathematical formulae. All are there for the reader to solve in the best tradition of the detective novel.

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21 .) Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

 Le Père Goriot Lists It Appears On:

  • Complete France
  • French Together

Pere Goriot’ is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin. Interwoven with this theme is that of the impoverished young aristocrat, Rastignac, come to Paris from the provinces to make his fortune, who befriends Goriot and becomes involved with the daughters. The story is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for money.’

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20 .) Le Petit Nicolas by René Goscinny

 Le Petit Nicolas Lists It Appears On:

  • BBC
  • Talkin French

La maîtresse est inquiète, le photographe s’éponge le front, le Bouillon devient tout rouge, les mamans ont mauvaise mine, les papas font les guignols, le directeur part à la retraite, quant à l’inspecteur, il est reparti aussi vite qu’il était venu. Pourtant, à l’école ou en famille, Geoffroy, Agnan, Eudes, Rufus, Clotaire, Maixent, Alceste, Joachim… et le Petit Nicolas sont – presque – toujours sages.

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19 .) My Father’s Glory by Marcel Pagnol

 My Father’s Glory Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • My French Life

Bathed in the warm clarity of the summer sun in Provence, Marcel Pagnol’s childhood memories celebrate a time of rare beauty and delight.Called by Jean Renoir “the leading film artist of his age,” Pagnol is best known for such films as The Baker’s Wife, Harvest, Fanny, and Topaze, as well as the screen adaptations of his novels Jean de Florette and Manon of the Springs (North Point, 1988). But he never forgot the magic of his Provencal childhood, and when he set his memories to paper late in life the result was a great new success. My Father’s Glory and My Mother’s Castle appeared on the scene like a fresh breeze, captivating readers with its sweet enchantments. Pagnol recalls his days hunting and fishing in the hill country, his jaunts about Marseilles, his schoolboy diversions, and above all his family: his anticlerical father and sanctimonious uncle, his mild and beautiful mother, and many others. This bright and lively book sparkles with the charm and magic that were Marcel Pagnol’s own.

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18 .) My Life in France by Julia Child

 My Life in France Lists It Appears On:

  • Fodors
  • Red Online

The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France–and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams–in her own words. Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story–struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took the Childs across the globe–unfolds with the spirit so key to Julia’s success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of America’s most endearing personalities.

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17 .) Nadja (1928) by Andre Breton

 Nadja (1928) Lists It Appears On:

  • Complete France
  • Qwik Lit

Nadja, originally published in France in 1928, is the first and perhaps best Surrealist romance ever written, a book which defined that movement’s attitude toward everyday life. The principal narrative is an account of the author’s relationship with a girl in the city of Paris, the story of an obsessional presence haunting his life. The first-person narrative is supplemented by forty-four photographs which form an integral part of the work — pictures of various “surreal” people, places, and objects which the author visits or is haunted by in Nadja’s presence and which inspire him to mediate on their reality or lack of it. The Nadja of the book is a girl, but, like Bertrand Russell’s definition of electricity as “not so much a thing as a way things happen,” Nadja is not so much a person as the way she makes people behave. She has been described as a state of mind, a feeling about reality, a kind of vision, and the reader sometimes wonders whether she exists at all. yet it is Nadja who gives form and structure to the novel.

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16 .) Nausea (1938) by Jean-Paul Sartre

 Nausea (1938) Lists It Appears On:

  • Complete France
  • Qwik Lit

Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogues his every feeling and sensation about the world and people around him. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which “spread at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time, the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain.” Roquentin’s efforts to come to terms with his life, his philosophical and psychological struggles, give Sartre the opportunity to dramatize the tenets of his Existentialist creed. The introduction for this edition of Nausea by Hayden Carruth gives background on Sartre’s life and major works, a summary of the principal themes of Existentialist philosophy, and a critical analysis of the novel itself.

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15 .) Paris France by Gertrude Stein

 Paris France Lists It Appears On:

  • Fodors
  • Red Online

Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogues his every feeling and sensation. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which “spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time — the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain.” Roquentin’s efforts to come to terms with life, his philosophical and psychological struggles, give Sartre the opportunity to dramatize the tenets of his Existentialist creed.

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14 .) Submission by Michel Houellebecq

 Submission Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Electric Literature

Dans une France assez proche de la nôtre, un homme s’engage dans la carrière universitaire. Peu motivé par l’enseignement, il s’attend à une vie ennuyeuse mais calme, protégée des grands drames historiques. Cependant les forces en jeu dans le pays ont fissuré le système politique jusqu’à provoquer son effondrement. Cette implosion sans soubresauts, sans vraie révolution, se développe comme un mauvais rêve. Le talent de l’auteur, sa force visionnaire nous entraînent sur un terrain ambigu et glissant ; son regard sur notre civilisation vieillissante fait coexister dans ce roman les intuitions poétiques, les effets comiques, une mélancolie fataliste. Ce livre est une saisissante fable politique et morale.

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13 .) The Erasers (1953) by Alain Robbe-Grillet

 The Erasers (1953) Lists It Appears On:

  • BBC
  • Qwik Lit

Alain Robbe-Grillet is internationally hailed as the chief spokesman for the noveau roman and one of the great novelists of the twentieth century. The Erasers, his first novel, reads like a detective story but is primarily concerned with weaving and then probing a complete mixture of fact and fantasy. The narrative spans the twenty-four-hour period following a series of eight murders in eight days, presumably the work of a terrorist group. After the ninth murder, the investigation is turned over to a police agent, who may in fact be the assassin. Both an engrossing mystery and a sinister deconstruction of reality, The Erasers intrigues and unnerves with equal force as it pull us along to its ominous conclusion.

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12 .) The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

 The Mersault Investigation Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Electric Literature

He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa’s casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach. In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his broken heart, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die. The Stranger is of course central to Daoud’s story, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Meursault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice.

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11 .) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

 The Three Musketeers Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Quirk Books

Alexandre Dumas’s most famous tale— and possibly the most famous historical novel of all time— in a handsome hardcover volume. This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. Dumas transforms minor historical figures into larger- than-life characters: the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory; the beguilingly evil seductress “Milady”; the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu; the weak King Louis XIII and his unhappy queen—and, of course, the three musketeers themselves, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto “all for one, one for all” has come to epitomize devoted friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, purloined letters, and, of course, great bouts of swordplay, The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining.

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10 .) Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

 Thérèse Raquin Lists It Appears On:

  • Complete France
  • Fluent U

One of Zola’s most famous realistic novels, Therese Raquin is a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murder among the lower classes in nineteenth-century Parisian society. Set in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a dingy haberdasher’s shop in the passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, this powerful novel tells how the heroine and her lover, Laurent, kill her husband, Camille, but are subsequently haunted by visions of the dead man and prevented from enjoying the fruits of their crime. Zola’s shocking tale dispassionately dissects the motivations of his characters–mere “human beasts”, who kill in order to satisfy their lust–and stands as a key manifesto of the French Naturalist movement, of which the author was the founding father. Published in 1867, this is Zola’s most important work before the Rougon-Macquart series and introduces many of the themes that can be traced through the later novel cycle.

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9 .) Candide (1759) by Voltaire

 Candide (1759) Lists It Appears On:

  • Complete France
  • French Together
  • Qwik Lit

It was the indifferent shrug and callous intertia that this ‘optimism’ concealed which so angered Voltaire, who found the ‘all for the best’ approach a patently inadequate response to suffering, to natural disasters – such as the recent earthquakes in Lima and Lisbon – not to mention the questions of illness and man-made war. Moreover, as the rebel whose satiric genius had earned him not only international acclaim, but two stays in the Bastille, flogging and exile, Voltaire knew personally what suffering involved.

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8 .) La Cousine Bette by Honoré de Balzac

 La Cousine Bette Lists It Appears On:

  • Complete France
  • Five Books
  • Fluent U

Poor, plain spinster Bette is compelled to survive on the condescending patronage of her socially superior relatives in Paris: her beautiful, saintly cousin Adeline, the philandering Baron Hulot and their daughter Hortense. Already deeply resentful of their wealth, when Bette learns that the man she is in love with plans to marry Hortense, she becomes consumed by the desire to exact her revenge and dedicates herself to the destruction of the Hulot family, plotting their ruin with patient, silent malice. Cousin Bette is a gripping tale of violent jealousy, sexual passion and treachery, and a brilliant portrayal of the grasping, bourgeois society of 1840s Paris. The culmination of the Comedie humaine, Balzac’s epic chronicle of his times, it is one of his greatest triumphs as a novelist.

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7 .) La Gloire de Mon Père by Marcel Pagnol

 La Gloire de Mon Père Lists It Appears On:

  • BBC
  • Fluent U
  • French Together

Un petit Marseillais d’il y a un siècle: l’école primaire ; le cocon familial ; les premières vacances dans les collines, à La Treille ; la première chasse avec son père… Lorsqu il commence à rédiger ses Souvenirs d’enfance, au milieu des années cinquante, Marcel Pagnol est en train de s’éloigner du cinéma., et le théâtre ne lui sourit plus. La Gloire de mon père, dès sa parution, en 1957, est salué comme marquant l’avènement d’un grand prosateur. Joseph, le père instituteur., Augustine, la timide maman., l’oncle Jules, la tante Rosé, le petit frère Paul, deviennent immédiatement aussi populaires que Marius, César ou Panisse.

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6 .) Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire

 Les Fleurs du Mal Lists It Appears On:

  • Fluent U
  • French Together
  • The Culture Trip

Presents the first American translation of the complete text of Baudelaire’s 1857 masterwork

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5 .) Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 Le Petit Prince Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • French Together
  • iTalki
  • Talkin French

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

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4 .) Madame Bovary (1856) by Gustave Flaubert

 Madame Bovary (1856) Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Fluent U
  • My French Life
  • Qwik Lit
  • The Culture Trip

Madame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. When the novel was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, public prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. The resulting trial in January 1857 made the story notorious. After Flaubert’s acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published in two volumes. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now considered Flaubert’s masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history.

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3 .) Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) by Victor Hugo

 Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Complete France
  • French Together
  • Qwik Lit
  • Red Online

This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that gives full play to Victor Hugo’s brilliant historical imagination and his remarkable powers of description.

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2 .) The Stranger (1942) by Albert Camus

 The Stranger (1942) Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Fluent U
  • French Together
  • Quirk Books
  • Qwik Lit
  • Talkin French

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”

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1 .) Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

 Les Misérables Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Complete France
  • Five Books
  • Fluent U
  • iTalki
  • Quirk Books
  • The Culture Trip

It has been said that Victor Hugo has a street named after him in virtually every town in France. A major reason for the singular celebrity of this most popular and versatile of the great French writers is Les Misérables (1862). In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean—a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert—Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.

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The 125+ Additional Best French Books



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
2720,000 Leagues Under the Sea:Jules VerneQuirk Books
28A Hard WinterLit Hub
29
A la Recherche du Temps Perdu
iTalki
30A Man’s PlaceLit Hub
31Beauty and the BeastMadame de Villeneuve (1740)The Culture Trip
32
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris
Fodors
33Bonjour TristesseFrancoise SaganMy French Life
34But I’ve Got OvidVQR Online
35Chanson DouceLeila Slimani
Electric Literature
36Cookie JarVQR Online
37De Nos Frères BlessésJoseph Andras
Electric Literature
38
Democracy, Debates, and Daughters
VQR Online
39Ensemble c’est ToutAnne GavaldaTalkin French
40Entre les MursFrançois BégaudeauFrench Together
41Et Si C’était VraiiTalki
42Fear FactorsVQR Online
43Flowers of EvilFodors
44Gargantua and PantagruelFrançois RabelaisThe Culture Trip
45Germinal (1885)Emile ZolaQwik Lit
46Gigi (1944)ColetteQwik Lit
47Hello, SadnessFrancoise Sagan
Electric Literature
48In Search of Lost TimeMarcel Proust (1913-1927)The Culture Trip
49IndianaGeorge Sand (1831)The Culture Trip
50Jean Barois (1913)Roger Martin du GardQwik Lit
51Journey to the Center of the EarthJules Verne (1864)The Culture Trip
52Julie, or The New Heloise (1762)Jean-Jacques RousseauQwik Lit
53Justine (1791)Marquis de SadeQwik Lit
54L’AdversaireBBC
55L’Ete MeurtrierBBC
56L’ASSOMMOIRÉmile Zola
Complete France
57L’Enfant NoirCamara LayeFrench Together
58LA BELLE ET LA BÊTEJeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Complete France
59La Horde du Contre-ventiTalki
60La Maison de ClaudineColetteFrench Together
61La Mécanique du CoeurMathias MalzieuFrench Together
62La Petite FilleM. LinhTalkin French
63La Valse Lente des TortuesiTalki
64Le Chercheur d’OrBBC
65Le Comte de Monte-Cristo”Fluent U
66Le Deuxième SexeiTalki
67Le Grand Meaulnes (1913)Alain-FournierQwik Lit
68Le Ventre de l’AtlantiqueFatou DiomeFrench Together
69Les Ames GrisesPhilippe ClaudelTalkin French
70Les Fleurs Bleues (Blue on Blue)Raymond QueneauFive Books
71Les PremiersXabi Molia
Electric Literature
72Les Yeux Jaunes du CrocodileiTalki
73Lessons in FrenchHilary ReylRed Online
74
Losing North: Essays on Cultural Exile
Book Riot
75Maigret’s First CaseBook Riot
76MetronomeiTalki
77Mission to KalaBook Riot
78Moderato CantabileBook Riot
79Mon Père est FemmeMénageTalkin French
80Murder on the Eiffel TowerBBC
81My FriendsLit Hub
82Mysterious American CatVQR Online
83NedjmaBook Riot
84Night MovesVQR Online
85No ExitBook Riot
86Once BittenVQR Online
87Oscar and the Lady in PinkBook Riot
88Où on va, papa?Jean-Louis FournierTalkin French
89Papillon:Henri CharrièreQuirk Books
90Paris Journal 1956–1964Fodors
91Paris to the MoonFodors
92Poems of Emile VerhaerenBook Riot
93Prince of PeaceVQR Online
94Pseudo (Hocus Bogus)Romain GaryFive Books
95Que serais-je sans toi?Guillaume MussoTalkin French
96Remembrance of Thing’s Past (1913-1927)Marcel ProustQwik Lit
97RhinocerosBook Riot
98Sagan, Paris 1954Anne BerestMy French Life
99Sarah’s KeyBook Riot
100Savage SeasonBook Riot
101Selected PoemsBook Riot
102Silent Day in TangierBook Riot
103So Long a LetterBook Riot
104SoumissionMichel HouellebecqFrench Together
105Sous les Vents de NeptuneBBC
106Southern Mail (1929)Antoine de Saint ExuperyQwik Lit
107SphinxBook Riot
108Stupeur et TremblementsAmélie NothombFrench Together
109Suite FrançaiseBook Riot
110
Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas
Book Riot
111Swann’s WayBook Riot
112Tartuffe”Fluent U
113The Book of the City of LadiesChristine de Pizan (1405)The Culture Trip
114The Charterhouse of Parma (1839)StendhalQwik Lit
115The CidBook Riot
116The Complete EssaysBook Riot
117The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)Alexandre DumasQwik Lit
118The Day of the Dog (1996)Caroline LamarcheQwik Lit
119The Elegance of the HedgehogMuriel BarberyMy French Life
120The End of EddyEdouard Louis
Electric Literature
121
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
Book Riot
122The Fairies are ThirstyBook Riot
123The FlaneurFodors
124The Gods are Athirst (1912)Anatole FranceQwik Lit
125The Grand RepudiationBook Riot
126The Human Comedy (1832-1854)Honore de BalzacQwik Lit
127The IllusionistBook Riot
128The Imaginary InvalidBook Riot
129The Ladies’ DelightEmile ZolaRed Online
130The Library of Unrequited LoveBook Riot
131The Lover (1984)Marguerite DurasQwik Lit
132The Male GlanceVQR Online
133The Map and the TerritoryMichel HoullebecqQwik Lit
134The MasterpieceÉmile Zola (1886)The Culture Trip
135The Paris WifePaula McClainRed Online
136The Poor Man’s SonBook Riot
137The Ravishing of Lol SteinLit Hub
138The Red and the BlackBook Riot
139The Red CollarBook Riot
140The Rights of the ReaderBook Riot
141The Sand ChildBook Riot
142The Savage NightBook Riot
143
The Scorpion: Or, The Imaginary Confession
Book Riot
144The Second SexBook Riot
145The Simple PastBook Riot
146The Song of RolandBook Riot
147The Suns of IndependenceBook Riot
148
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious and Perplexing City
Fodors
149The Tales of Mother GooseCharles Perrault (1696)The Culture Trip
150The Vatican Cellars (1914)Andre GideQwik Lit
151The WoundBook Riot
152The Wretched of the EarthBook Riot
153The Year of the ElephantBook Riot
154Thérèse and IsabelleBook Riot
155Tom Is DeadBook Riot
156
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Book Riot
157VOYAGE AU BOUT DE LA NUITCéline
Complete France
158Voyage au Pays des ArbresJ.M.G Le ClézioTalkin French
159W, or The Memory of Childhood (1975)George PerecQwik Lit
160Waiting For GodotBook Riot
161Will You Be There?Book Riot
162With Downcast EyesBook Riot
163Zazie dans le MétroRaymond QueneauFrench Together


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Complete France 12 classic French novels you should read | Holiday ideas | Complete …
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Five Books The Greatest French Novels | Five Books
Fluent U 10 Classic French Books That Pack a Punch for Learners Today
Fodors 10 Books to Read Before You Go to Paris – Fodors Travel Guide
French Together The 16 Best French Books to Read in 2018 – French Together
iTalki The Wonderful World Of French Books – french learning article – italki
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