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96% Of Americans Can't Name These 23 Foreign Books

You are a genius if you can get at least 21/23.

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237 Comments
Isabel Weinberg
20/23. Not in a professional foreign book club, just British so a foreigner where Anericsns are concerned!
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Oct 19, 2021 8:29PM
Marienne Litolff
19/23. Good quiz - I’m an avid reader but there were a few questions there I didn’t know the answers to.
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Sep 27, 2021 1:17AM
Shulamith Lotter
Not a professional book club member or have necessarily read all of them but have done enough similar quizzes to be able to do we.
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Sep 4, 2021 4:21PM
Bad Nora
23/23 - slipped on Dorien Grey, I mean Dorian Gray!
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Sep 2, 2021 3:23PM
Sybilla
23/23. I have read them all and some of them more than once. I still love reading "Madame Bovary" in French and "The Shadow of the Wind" in English, because I admire the translation so much.
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Aug 2, 2021 4:24AM
Sybilla
Jan Shellen, it may be necessary to remember that the author, Oscar Wilde, was Irish by birth and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford. That alone may give you an idea of why he used "Gray" and not "Grey". It is one of the many differences in phonology, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar, between British Standard and American English.
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Aug 2, 2021 4:20AM
Jan Shellen
Grey not gray.
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Jul 26, 2021 3:57PM
Darlene Davidson
22/23. More suns than I thought.
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Jul 13, 2021 3:24PM
billyboy915
Sean Philips, I usually find myself in agreement, but in this instance, I must disagree. Being familiar with these books does not determine whether these books are foreign. Foreign is defined as "of, from, in, or characteristic of a country or language other than one's own." Not being American has nothing to do with these authors being foreign. Unless you are from one of the countries of one of these authors, they are foreign. These authors represent a wide range of nationalities, 12 countries all told. Of the 20 authors listed, only one is from Australia, so 19 would be from foreign nations for you. 1. Stieg Larsson is Swedish, 2. Yann Martel is Canadian, 3 & 22 Gabriel García Márquez is Colombian 4. Albert Camus was French 5. Khaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan, 6. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was Spanish, 7. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was French, 8. Jules Verne was French, 9. Milan Kundera is Czech, 10. Daniel Defoe was English, 11. Anne Frank was German/Dutch 12. Haruki Murakami is Japanese, 13 & 23 Fyodor Dostoevsky was Russian, 14. Carlos Ruiz Zafón was Spanish, 15. Markus Zusak is Australian, 16. Oscar Wilde was Irish, 17. Mikhail Bulgakov was Russian, 18 & 21. Leo Tolstoy was Russian, 19, Alexandre Dumas was French, 20. Gustave Flaubert was French.
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Jun 28, 2021 12:14AM
billyboy915
Janice Ashley, Actually, in this case, only one spelling is correct because it's not only his name, but part of the title of the book. "Gray" is the only correct answer here.
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Jun 27, 2021 11:19PM
billyboy915
Richard D. Boyle, Actually, in this case, only one spelling is correct because it's not only his name, but part of the title of the book. "Gray" is the only correct answer here.
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Jun 27, 2021 11:18PM
tbear
23/23, though I haven't read them all! 😊👍
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Jun 16, 2021 4:52PM
Richard D. Boyle
Janice Ashley, Grey and gray are two correct spellings of the same word. Neither is wrong. In the UK driving is on the left. In the US, as well as roughly 75% of the world, driving is on the right. Neither is wrong. It simply depends on your location. Yes, driving and spelling are different but the principle is the same.
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Jun 12, 2021 12:28AM
Richard D. Boyle
23/23. All well known classics.
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Jun 12, 2021 12:12AM

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