Novels The Best French Novels  

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List Rules Fiction books and novellas by authors from France

List of the best 30 French novels from familiar authors such as Marcel Proust, Albert Camus and Victor Hugo that wrote popular titles. Some titles and authors will be familiar and voting on your favorite will determine the order of the list. The French novels range from adventure stories to political topics to children's books, such as The Little Prince.

The list asks the question, "What is the best French novel?" and offers a variety of options to vote on. If your favorite French novel is not listed, there is an option to add it to the list in order to vote on it and have others vote, as well.

Titles like Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo and Journey to the End of the Night are on the list to be voted on with room to add titles that are not already included.

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Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Novels
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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58 21
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Novels
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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54 21
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Novels
The Stranger Albert Camus

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49 19
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Novels
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

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35 9
The Red and the Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Novels

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40 18
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Novels
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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35 14
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Novels

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44 22
Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Novels
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

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28 12
Les Fleurs du mal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Novels
Les Fleurs du mal Charles Baudelaire

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20 6
The Charterhouse of Parma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Novels

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46 29
In Search of Lost Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Novels
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust

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18 5
Lost illusions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Lost Illusions Honoré de Balzac

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23 10
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Novels

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25 12
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Novels
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux

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23 11
The Plague is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Novels
The Plague Albert Camus

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23 11
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Novels

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17 6
Eugénie Grandet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Eugénie Grandet Honoré de Balzac

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18 8
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Novels
The Fall Albert Camus

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12 3
Submission is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Submission Michel Houellebecq

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13 4
The Camp of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Camp of the Saints Jean Raspail

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14 5
Diary of a Country Priest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Diary of a Country Priest Georges Bernanos

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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Novels
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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10 3
Will O' the Wisp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Will O' the Wisp Pierre Drieu La Rochelle

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15 8
The Misanthrope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Novels
The Misanthrope Moliere

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9 3
La Peau de chagrin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added La Peau de chagrin Honoré de Balzac

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15 9
The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Novels
The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas

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10 5
Les Liaisons dangereuses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Les Liaisons dangereuses Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

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9 4
Death on Credit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Death on Credit Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Germinal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Novels
Germinal Émile Zola

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15 11
The Counterfeiters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Novels
The Counterfeiters André Gide

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7 3
Les Enfants Terribles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Les Enfants Terribles Jean Cocteau

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6 2
Le Père Goriot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Novels
PrabhatDevkota added Le Père Goriot Honoré de Balzac

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13 10
Sentimental Education is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Novels
Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert

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15 14
Nana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Novels
Nana Émile Zola

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10 10
Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Novels
Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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23 25
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Novels
Candide Voltaire

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3 5
Maldoror and Poems is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Maldoror and Poems Comte de Lautréamont

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8 12
The dram-shop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Novels
The Dram-Shop Émile Zola

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11 16
Man's Fate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Novels
Man's Fate André Malraux

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16 30
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Novels
Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre

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9 34
The Second Sex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Novels
The Second Sex Simone de Beauvoir