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The Great American Novel: a list of personal favourites

Dr. Kenneth W. Douglas "drkennydouglas"
 
Accordion Crimes
Accordion Crimes
"Is it THE Great American Novel? A nation summed up in the adventures of a button accordion..."
Middlesex
Middlesex
"Remarkable family drama, which as well as being "about" gender is also very much about Detroit..."
White Oleander
White Oleander
"Extremely powerful first novel; quintessentially American tale of survival in the face of dislocation and urban alienation"
The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Definitely Bellow's most entertaining book: a breeze from the Windy City!"
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
"The book; the musical; the Great American Myth re-worked... read it and marvel."
Beloved
Beloved
"Probably Morrison's greatest novel, & that's saying something ... potentially grim material handled with extraordinary lyricism"
Rabbit, Run
Rabbit, Run
"Another tale of alienation: they certainly don't come much more alienated than Rabbit... Updike has never written a finer book."
The Tenants Of Moonbloom (New York Review Books Classics)
The Tenants Of Moonbloom (New York Review Books Classics)
"A heartwarming tale by a near-forgotten genius from the generation of Bellow and Malamud"
A Thousand Acres
A Thousand Acres
"Alienation again, but Rural Alienation... Smiley's subtle and brooding re-working of the King Lear story"
U.S.A. (Penguin Modern Classics)
U.S.A. (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Dos Passos' all-singing, all-dancing epic is an experimental classic."