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Great American Novels

Description: From Wikipedia: The "Great American Novel" is the concept of a novel that is distinguished in both craft and theme as being the most accurate representation of the spirit of the age in the United States at the time of its writing or in the time it is set. It is presumed to be written by an American author who is knowledgeable about the state, culture, and perspective of the common American citizen. The author uses the literary work to identify and exhibit the language used by the American people of the time and to capture the unique American experience, especially as it is perceived for the time. Keywords: American literature, American fiction, American classics, American novels

Based on tag: Great American Novel

Members: 43 participating members (show all)

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59,858 members, 1,191 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (1), ahef1963 (1), sjmccreary (1), bethielouwho (1), lahochstetler (1), Amalie_Nymphenburg (1), ncgraham (1), meredk (1), kiwiflowa (1), skavlanj (2), kara.shamy (2)11 more, enrique_molinero (2), JGKC (2), LisaMaria_C (2), sturlington (3), Bluewolf0411 (4), magnumpigg (5), Dilara86 (6), eromsted (11), thecoroner (18), roby72 (38), spiphany

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Score: 70.71

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32,115 members, 446 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)
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29,581 members, 540 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: kageeh (1), JqnOC (1), enrique_molinero (1), griffinas (2), Brando26 (3), ahef1963 (3), sjmccreary (3), bethielouwho (3), meredk (3), skavlanj (5), ncgraham (5)5 more, Bluewolf0411 (6), thecoroner (9), sturlington (10), birder4106 (13), spiphany

Thumbs down: amanda4242, barney67

Score: 44.17

Explanations:

sturlington (10): East of Eden instead

4
54,679 members, 917 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), jeffza (1), kageeh (2), FranzK72 (3), ro155 (3), griffinas (3), LisaMaria_C (3), aulsmith (3), Brando26 (4), ahef1963 (4), barney67 (4)8 more, kara.shamy (5), skavlanj (6), sjmccreary (6), enrique_molinero (7), roby72 (11), thecoroner (17), Bretzky1 (20), eromsted (27)

Thumbs down: amanda4242, cej1027, Bluewolf0411

Score: 47.1

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27,067 members, 297 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)
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56,619 members, 909 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (3), griffinas (4), ro155 (5), Brando26 (6), ahef1963 (6), magnumpigg (6), enrique_molinero (6), FranzK72 (8), thecoroner (8), barney67 (8), skavlanj (9)6 more, kageeh (9), sturlington (15), roby72 (19), meredk (19), Bretzky1 (29), eromsted (30)

Thumbs down: cej1027, Bluewolf0411

Score: 35.82

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22,661 members, 260 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: FlorianKarpfinger (1), dulcimerplayer (2), enrique_molinero (5), ro155 (6), skavlanj (7), cej1027 (7), ahef1963 (7), griffinas (7), sjmccreary (8), Bluewolf0411 (8), amanda4242 (9)4 more, LisaMaria_C (11), Bretzky1 (13), thecoroner (34), souloftherose

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 35.84

Explanations:

sturlington (0): I would place Huck Finn over this one.

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12,855 members, 198 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: bethielouwho (6), ahef1963 (8), kageeh (8), LisaMaria_C (9), meredk (18), barbharper (33), thecoroner (38), souloftherose

Thumbs down: sturlington, amanda4242, Bluewolf0411

Score: 11.22

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39,249 members, 770 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ncgraham (3), cej1027 (5), bethielouwho (5), Brando26 (8), ahef1963 (9), skavlanj (11), barney67 (11), Bretzky1 (12), amanda4242 (14), barbharper (34), thecoroner (37)1 more, souloftherose

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Score: 25.34

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23,508 members, 557 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: magnumpigg (2), meredk (6), kiwiflowa (6), kara.shamy (10), ahef1963 (10), thecoroner (11), roby72 (12), LisaMaria_C (12), FranzK72 (14)

Thumbs down: sturlington, amanda4242

Score: 17.54

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17,039 members, 309 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (6), griffinas (8), Dilara86 (9), Brando26 (10), ahef1963 (11), meredk (12), skavlanj (13), LisaMaria_C (14), kiwiflowa (15), FranzK72 (26), eromsted (26)1 more, thecoroner (36)

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Score: 23.22

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22,587 members, 365 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: birder4106 (1), sturlington (6), kageeh (7), kiwiflowa (7), ro155 (9), barney67 (10), Brando26 (11), ahef1963 (12), skavlanj (20), roby72 (27), thecoroner (30)

Thumbs down: amanda4242, ncgraham

Score: 21.73

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14,969 members, 269 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (5), lahochstetler (10), griffinas (11), kara.shamy (12), ahef1963 (13), Dilara86 (13), skavlanj (21), eromsted (29), thecoroner (40)

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Score: 16.67

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32,273 members, 427 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Bretzky1 (1), aulsmith (2), sturlington (4), Amalie_Nymphenburg (6), meredk (8), sjmccreary (11), Brando26 (12), ahef1963 (14), skavlanj (18), roby72 (29), thecoroner (29)

Thumbs down: barney67, magnumpigg, Bluewolf0411

Score: 20.93

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17,391 members, 189 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: Amalie_Nymphenburg (5), amanda4242 (6), Bluewolf0411 (7), barney67 (9), kiwiflowa (9), birder4106 (10), Brando26 (13), ahef1963 (15), eromsted (15), skavlanj (17), thecoroner (42)

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Score: 22.27

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19,285 members, 228 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), kageeh (4), meredk (9), kiwiflowa (11), ahef1963 (16), eromsted (20), skavlanj (35)

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Score: 14.23

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15,998 members, 341 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: kiwiflowa (2), aulsmith (4), meredk (5), LisaMaria_C (8), kara.shamy (13), Brando26 (16), ahef1963 (17), skavlanj (23)

Thumbs down: sturlington, kageeh, Bluewolf0411

Score: 13.15

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7,635 members, 171 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (6), lahochstetler (9), kara.shamy (11), Dilara86 (11), thecoroner (12), kageeh (12), roby72 (13), skavlanj (16), ahef1963 (18), amanda4242 (20), FranzK72 (21)

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Score: 21.37

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4,395 members, 152 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: meredk (10), kiwiflowa (12), ahef1963 (19), barbharper (29), skavlanj (42)

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Score: 7.61

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35,013 members, 541 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (1), sturlington (5), amanda4242 (8), ro155 (8), Bluewolf0411 (10), ahef1963 (20), skavlanj (26), eromsted (28), thecoroner (43)

Thumbs down: barney67, Bretzky1

Score: 16.65

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4,708 members, 281 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (8), amanda4242 (18), ahef1963 (21)

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Score: 4.19

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8,961 members, 247 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: barbharper (10), Bluewolf0411 (11), barney67 (13), ahef1963 (22), Brando26 (33), skavlanj (41)

Thumbs down: sturlington, aulsmith

Score: 7.65

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Too episodic to be a "great novel".

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7,361 members, 79 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: eromsted (1), ro155 (7), Brando26 (18), ahef1963 (23), kiwiflowa (24), barbharper (28)

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Score: 11.77

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10,787 members, 195 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (14), kara.shamy (15), barbharper (24), ahef1963 (24)

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Score: 5.72

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7,789 members, 225 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: hotblack43 (2), Bretzky1 (8), souloftherose (9), Brando26 (17), thecoroner (21), skavlanj (24), ahef1963 (25), roby72 (31)

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Score: 15.18

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10,183 members, 155 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: bethielouwho (8), kageeh (11), barbharper (20), ahef1963 (26), kiwiflowa (35), skavlanj (49)

Thumbs down: aulsmith, enrique_molinero

Score: 7.39

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I always found this too contrived.

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14,564 members, 141 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: Bluewolf0411 (9), Brando26 (22), barbharper (26), ahef1963 (27), Bretzky1 (27)

Thumbs down: amanda4242

Score: 7.44

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13,924 members, 245 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: eromsted (3), kara.shamy (16), ahef1963 (28), skavlanj (52)

Thumbs down: sturlington, amanda4242

Score: 4.27

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8,723 members, 328 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), barbharper (4), ncgraham (6), souloftherose (12), skavlanj (25), ahef1963 (29), Brando26 (31)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 14.74

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8,517 members, 198 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (7), ahef1963 (30), skavlanj (66)

Thumbs down: sturlington, aulsmith, Bretzky1

Score: < 0

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12,509 members, 224 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: meredk (20), kiwiflowa (21), ahef1963 (31), skavlanj (58)

Thumbs down: kageeh

Score: 4.91

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5,183 members, 111 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: griffinas (18), kara.shamy (20), ahef1963 (32), skavlanj (75)

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67, Bretzky1

Score: 0.87

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11,818 members, 153 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: sturlington (13), kiwiflowa (18), ahef1963 (33)

Thumbs down: barney67, aulsmith

Score: 1.72

Explanations:

sturlington (13): Not really a novel.

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27,600 members, 745 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (4), ahef1963 (34)

Thumbs down: sturlington, jeffza, barney67, aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Hmm. Neil Gaiman is not American, so I don't think this book quite qualifies.

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1,638 members, 19 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: barney67 (28), kiwiflowa (33), ahef1963 (35), skavlanj (64)

Thumbs down: sturlington, aulsmith, LisaMaria_C

Score: 0.47

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Duplicate.

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11,252 members, 286 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (6), ahef1963 (36), skavlanj (65)

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67, aulsmith

Score: < 0

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15,212 members, 420 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (37)

Thumbs down: sturlington, amanda4242, cej1027, bluepiano, barney67, aulsmith, Bretzky1

Score: < 0

Explanations:

amanda4242 (0): Good book, but it's not American.

bluepiano (0): Moore is British, very much so

151
46,927 members, 3,165 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)
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18,338 members, 268 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (5), Bluewolf0411 (5), birder4106 (8), sturlington (14), Brando26 (26), skavlanj (29), ahef1963 (39)

Score: 14.89

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13,313 members, 174 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: birder4106 (9), meredk (11), griffinas (12), amanda4242 (17), skavlanj (39), ahef1963 (40)

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67

Score: 7.82

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5,724 members, 222 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: jeffza (4), Brando26 (38), kiwiflowa (38), ahef1963 (41), skavlanj (50)

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 7.14

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10,105 members, 151 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: roby72 (7), FranzK72 (18), ahef1963 (42), skavlanj (48)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 5.49

117
18,093 members, 376 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: roby72 (25), ahef1963 (43)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 1.35

146
15,632 members, 310 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (21), ahef1963 (44)

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67, JGKC, LisaMaria_C

Score: < 0

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13,137 members, 232 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: enrique_molinero (3), sjmccreary (14), griffinas (14), LisaMaria_C (16), Bretzky1 (28), skavlanj (30), barbharper (32)

Thumbs down: sturlington, ahef1963, amanda4242, ncgraham

Score: 6.31

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8,710 members, 119 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: FranzK72 (10), kiwiflowa (23), thecoroner (27), roby72 (28), Brando26 (36), skavlanj (44)

Thumbs down: ahef1963, LisaMaria_C

Score: 6.76

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22,178 members, 442 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (13), kara.shamy (19), skavlanj (55)

Thumbs down: sturlington, ahef1963

Score: 1.49

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Really about Africa.

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13,390 members, 167 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: auntSteelbreaker (1), jeffza (2), FlorianKarpfinger (3), amanda4242 (4), eromsted (4), kara.shamy (6), FranzK72 (7), Brando26 (7), lahochstetler (7), skavlanj (8), roby72 (10)2 more, barney67 (12), thecoroner (15)

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Score: 32.8

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