5 Most Read French Novels

Here are some most popular French novels if you are looking for something to read.

French literature is very rich because of its high quality and world famous poets, novelists and philosophers. 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince is a novella by French aristocrat, writer, and military pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Little Prince is an honest and beautiful story about friendship, loneliness, love and the tragedy behind it. The prince is a small who travels the universe searching for wisdom. On his journey, he discovers the unpredictable nature of adults. This movie is mostly known as a novel for children. It will help them to grow up as real humans.

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

The Second Sex is considered as the Bible of modern day feminism. The Second Sex is still read by generations of women throughout the world.

It’s a non-fiction title, written in volumes. In which Beauvoir selected apart the treatment of women all through the history. The novel is pretty long, however it’s really well worth a read. This is an important reading for everyone who is fighting for gender equality and calls themselves a feminist.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary is one of the most popular French novels ever written. The lead character, Madame Bovary, is a female who constantly wants more – she’s read too many French romance novels and has an idealised vision of what her life and marriage might be like.

This is one of the best French novels and one which anybody wanting to dive into French literature should pick up.

The stranger by Albert camus

A staple part of the French curriculum in schools, The Stranger is one of the greatest modern French novels and one of the most popular French books in the world.

Camus’ brief tale is a philosophical story about a person whose very normal lifestyle is disrupted by the death of his mother. He is not especially tormented by her death, he doesn’t even cry, however society judges him for this lack of reaction and this later makes a decision on his fate.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Choosing to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is pretty much an undertaking. It is simply enormous! Most people will already know as the story was filmed but here is an outline – the main character Jean Valjean is released from jail after 19 years, where he became imprisoned for stealing bread.

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