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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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265 members, 3 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: barbharper (1), eromsted (24)

Score: 5.81

80
3,267 members, 58 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: barbharper (2), amanda4242 (15), eromsted (23)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 5.22

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Set in France and really much more about ex-pats than the average American

82
114 members, 0 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: barbharper (3), eromsted (22)

Score: 4.89

29
8,722 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

84
2,637 members, 27 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: barbharper (5), barney67 (22)

Score: 4.52

101
2,049 members, 38 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: barbharper (6), roby72 (18)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 2.5

67
962 members, 14 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: barbharper (7), FranzK72 (12), roby72 (16)

Score: 6.61

86
1,035 members, 18 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: barbharper (8), Bretzky1 (16)

Score: 4.38

100
9,849 members, 155 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (8), barbharper (9), griffinas (15)

Thumbs down: sturlington, amanda4242

Score: 2.72

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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".

87
1,200 members, 32 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (10), barbharper (11), Bretzky1 (19)

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 4.36

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3,287 members, 56 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: Bretzky1 (5), barbharper (12), kiwiflowa (41), skavlanj (54)

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 5.88

70
8,069 members, 85 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: eromsted (7), barbharper (13), Brando26 (32)

Score: 6.25

85
4,672 members, 219 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (5), barbharper (14), kiwiflowa (27)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 4.5

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11,496 members, 161 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: auntSteelbreaker (2), amanda4242 (13), barbharper (15), eromsted (16), Brando26 (28), skavlanj (34)

Thumbs down: ncgraham

Score: 10.9

64
1,355 members, 7 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: barney67 (2), barbharper (16), Brando26 (29)

Score: 7.09

96
3,643 members, 51 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: barbharper (17), Bretzky1 (24), skavlanj (57)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 3.23

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2,084 members, 34 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: barney67 (14), barbharper (18), Bretzky1 (22), Brando26 (27)

Score: 7.61

71
990 members, 58 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: magnumpigg (1), barbharper (19)

Score: 5.92

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10,180 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.

74
1,083 members, 30 reviews
4.48 stars (4.48 stars)

Lists: barney67 (1), barbharper (21)

Score: 5.87

41
9,210 members, 88 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: griffinas (16), eromsted (18), barbharper (22), thecoroner (24), Brando26 (25), skavlanj (37), roby72 (40)

Thumbs down: barney67

Score: 10.6

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2,378 members, 31 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: eromsted (19), roby72 (22), barbharper (23), FranzK72 (24), thecoroner (25)

Score: 9.19

76
10,787 members, 195 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 5.72

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3,033 members, 57 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: eromsted (12), FranzK72 (16), thecoroner (20), Brando26 (24), barbharper (25), skavlanj (27), roby72 (36)

Score: 13.02

61
14,563 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

79
1,602 members, 21 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: roby72 (23), barbharper (27), FranzK72 (30)

Score: 5.29

34
7,361 members, 79 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Thumbs down: LisaMaria_C

Score: 11.77

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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)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 7.61

43
10,069 members, 132 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: magnumpigg (4), birder4106 (5), kageeh (6), amanda4242 (12), meredk (16), barbharper (30)

Thumbs down: sturlington, barney67

Score: 9.92

35
15,416 members, 286 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: magnumpigg (3), birder4106 (3), griffinas (10), meredk (15), skavlanj (31), barbharper (31)

Thumbs down: amanda4242

Score: 11.75

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13,136 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

37
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

13
39,248 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

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 25.34

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7,404 members, 104 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: hotblack43 (3), Bluewolf0411 (3), FlorianKarpfinger (11), barbharper (35)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 7.92

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