Anybody knows any good novels for learning English?

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could anybody recommend me something interesting and easy to read
to improve my English?
does anybody know if there is any list of books for ESL?
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Hello Emotion: smile

Several publishing houses have "graded readers" for students of English. These are graded according to the amount of vocabulary learners are supposed to understand at different levels (beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, etc.). I'm not sure I can post the names of those publishing houses here.
Anyway, let us know how "easy" you wish the novels to be? It will be then easier for us to suggest something you can read. Also, what type of literature do you like? That will also help.

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Miriam, would you like to have a look on "Discussion topics > Book and film reviews > "Over there in Patagonia" by Maria Bamberg."? page 2 of Books and Film Reviews. As you are from Argentina maybe you'll like it, and the photo too.

LearnerOfEnglish, that book is easy to read, if you are interested in the theme, of course.
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Thanks for your advise miriam.
My question was maybe too broad to answer(is it correct English?).
I am trying to read as much as possible as a way of improving my
English. Hemingway is popular for English learners for his simple
writing style and great story. Do you know any writer whose literature
is simple to read compare to other novels, but still has high quality
of literature? I can read some more complicated and sophiscated stylish
writings and I had read some but it takes too much time and hard to finish.

Thanks,

TheEnglishLearner
I doubt my list of possible books will be what you might call "sophisticated", but then I can recommend only books I've read myself. Emotion: smile

If you've read Hemingway and his books were not difficult for you, then you can read almost anything, in my opinion. As long as you don't choose to read Chaucer (the original versions of his writings), for example, you'll do great. The worst that can happen is that you may need to look up more words in the dictionary than you'd like to; but then, that's a way of learning new vocabulary... and in a meaningful context!

There's a very short novel by G. Orwell, "Animal Farm", which you might like. It's written in the style of a fable. It's an incredibly well-written novel against totalitarianism.
Orwell's other very famous novel which he wrote only a few years after Animal Farm is "1984". It's longer than Animal Farm and deals with the same topic, but from a different perspective. But it might be a bit more difficult.

If you like mysteries, any of Agatha Christie's novels would be a good choice. It's certainly not sophisticated literature, but it's interesting if you like the genre.

Also, have you read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass"? Don't laugh at me, ok? These are not really for kids. You'll find Carroll despite what people may say about his private life was a brilliant writer with the mind and reasoning skills of a mathematician.

Some poeple think Oscar Wilde is complicated (he's one of my favourite writers ever!!), but try "The Importance of Being Earnest". It's not a novel but a play and, like everything Wilde wrote, it says much more than what the words themselves say.

Have you read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"? I assure you it's very different from what we're used to seeing in horror movies. It's a wonderful book.

And, of course, there's the book Elena suggested. I haven't read it myself, but I trust her judgement. Emotion: smile

There are a million books you can read, you know? The problem is that every person you ask will, most probably, tell you a different thing. It all depends on personal preference.
I know people who love James Joyce and Virginia Wolf; yet, I wouldn't recommend their books even to my enemies! ~chuckles~

The final choice is yours. If you find something interesting other than the books mentioned here, that isplease let us know? Emotion: smile

Miriam

Something else. If you like sci-fi -and even if you don't!- try reading Ray Bradbury. Perhaps not a whole novel, but a short story. He's written many, and many of those are actually very short. The only problem you may find with him is again vocabulary. I don't like sci-fi myself, but I ove Bradbury and I've read absolutely everything he's written. His style is perhaps a bit too flowery, but that's precisely what I like abut his writings. He uses metaphors and comparisons that I haven't found in any of the other writers I've read so far. You will indeed need to have a dictionary at hand when you read him, but I think it'll be worth the effort.
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wow, your recomendation is a lot more useful and helpful than
I ever expected from this forum Miriam.
I will certainly get some of those from your list.
I was gonna order several books tonight actually.

Thanks again for your recomendations and very helpful interesting
descriptions of the books.

TheEnglishLearner

* I was a big fan of Agatha Christie. I read almost every novel written by her when
I was about 12-13 yrs old. of course they were translated into my native language.
I wanna re-read them in English to see how I will find the difference in the same story
in different languages. =)
Hey! You will find the most wonderful things in these forums! ~chuckles~
I'm glad to have been of help. Emotion: smile
The same happened to me with Agatha Christie! I read most of her books in Spanish when I was a teenager.
BTW, where are you from? Or, what is your first language?

Elena,
Thank you for your recommendation. Emotion: smile
Is that woman, by chance, María Luisa Bemberg, the film director? I'm afraid I've never heard of that book before. Do you have any more information about it, please?
Thanks in advance,

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One of my extra special favourites from the 1931 movie vault
Hollywood’s Frankenstein!!!
[a review of the DVD restoration of the original movie]
"It's alive! Alive!" shouts Colin Clive's triumphant Dr. Frankenstein as electricity buzzes over the hulking body of a revived corpse. "In the name of God now I know what it's like to be God!" For years unheard, this line has been restored, along with the legendary scene of the childlike monster tossing a little girl into a lake, in James Whale's Frankenstein, one of the most famous and influential horror movies ever made. Coming off the tremendous success of Dracula, Universal assigned sophomore director Whale to helm an adaptation of Mary Shelley's famous novel with Bela Lugosi as the monster. When Lugosi declined the role, Whale cast the largely unknown character actor Boris Karloff and together with makeup designer Jack Pierce they created the most memorable monster in movie history: a towering, lumbering creature with sunken eyes, a flat head, and a jagged scar running down his forehead. Whale and Karloff made this mute, misunderstood brute, who has the brain of a madman (the most obvious of the many liberties taken with Shelley's story), the most pitiable freak of nature to stumble across the screen. Clive's Dr. Frankenstein is intense and twitchy and Dwight Frye set the standard for mad-scientist sidekicks as the wild-eyed hunchback assistant. Whale's later films, notably the spooky spoof The Old Dark House and the deliriously stylized sequel The Bride of Frankenstein, display a surer cinematic hand than seen here and add a subversive twist of black comedy, but given the restraints of early sound films, Whale breaks the film free from static stillness and adorns it with striking design and expressionist flourishes. --Sean Axmaker

And here are some decent books too

Kids
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
By Roald Dahl,
The Hobbit
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Tom Sawyer
&
Huckleberry Finn
By Mark Twain

History
I Claudius
By Robert Graves

Science fiction
The Mote in God's Eye
by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle.

Fantasy
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Trilogy, Book 1)
By Ursula K. Le Guin

Horror
Dracula
By Bram Stoker

fiction
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Magus
&
French Lieutenant’s Woman
By John Fowls
Steppenwolf
By Hermann Hesse
Lolita
By Vladimir Nabokov
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Simple yet profound. Try Charles Dickens.
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