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Great American Novels…

I have been pondering American fiction for some time. I don’t really read very much of it, though actually when I had a look at my shelves the other day there were much more American authors than I thought. I guess really what I mean it that I haven’t read many of the ‘American Greats’ and when I have, with the exception of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, I have yet to be really bowled over by them. I didn’t mind F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ but it didn’t bowl me over like I was expecting at all. There are also some, ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ I am thinking of you, that I haven’t loved at all and have felt a bit silly for not doing as apparently the great and good think they are marvellous.

This week Thomas and I discussed American novels on the Readers (you can hear the episode here)  where I admit my favourite American novel is Peyton Place, a cult underground novel that if you’ve not read then you must.

So, as always I would like your help. What are your greatest American novels? What lesser known ones must be hunted down?

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What Are The Great American Reads?

I am slowly but surely catching up with comments on the blog, as I mentioned I was on Sunday when I was asking about your favourite reads half way through the year. I am only a month behind now so am getting there, honest. However until I do I thought I would hold off writing some reviews and the like and do a shortish post today as I want to ask you something with it being the 4th of July…

…Independence Day, and I hope for all the American readers of the blog it is a wonderful day for y’all and there aren’t any spaceships looming in the sky! My question teams with this theme as it made me wonder, what are the true American great reads and have I read them? I have read the ‘Grapes of Wrath’, which I really didn’t get on with but I bet would be on the list, but apart from that ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ (another I didn’t get), ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ (which I loved) and ‘Peyton Place’ (which I don’t think anyone but me would say is an American great) I think my knowledge, and in fact having read many, is low. Especially the classics, though what about the modern ones?

So what I am really asking today is which two books would you say were American greats for you personally, both a classic and a modern novel, and why?

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