Lonweb or Languages-on-the-web has some stories and other texts translated from English into other languages. The texts are displayed in parallel.
For example, this is the beginning of a
story in Indonesian and English:
Pencarian untuk Lorna
The search for Lorna
Daisy Hamilton adalah seorang detektif swasta.
Daisy Hamilton was a private detective.
Dia berumur 30 tahun dan telah menjadi detektif dalam dua tahun ini.
She was thirty years old and had been a detective for the past two years.
Tiap pagi dia pergi ke kantornya untuk menunggu panggilan telpon atau membukakan pintu bagi klien yang membutuhkan pelayanannya.
Every morning she went to her office to wait for phone calls or open the door to clients needing her services.
Other languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai and Turkish.
Note: INTO Resource Centre has a few books of parallel texts (English with Chinese, Japanese, Russian or Spanish), like this one:
The union catalogue
WorldCat has listed the 100 novels which are found in the most libraries.
Of these the top 10 are:
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The complete list is
The original Sherlock Holmes stories by
Arthur Conan Doyle consist of four novels and 56 short stories, published between 1887 and 1927.
The novels are:
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of the Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
The short stories are collected in five volumes:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
His Last Bow
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
You can read all of them for free at
sherlock-holm.es and (with the exception of The Case-Book) at Project Gutenberg.
A Study in Scarlet is the book in which Dr Watson first meets Sherlock Holmes, and therefore perhaps the best book to start with. If you prefer short stories, you could start with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.