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Ten American novels

Mr. R. J. Murdoch
 
American Pastoral
American Pastoral
"It's magnificent, all his others are flawed in comparison"
Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics)
Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics)
"Read it again and again"
The Annotated Lolita
The Annotated Lolita
"If you love language and have unaccountably failed to read this, then buy the annotated version"
Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
"Set aside at least a month, and take a big run-up"
The Corrections
The Corrections
"Maligned by envious critics but this is a cracking read"
The Sportswriter
The Sportswriter
"A rambling masterpiece - deadpan dialogue interwoven with searching commentary"
Herzog (Penguin Classics)
Herzog (Penguin Classics)
"Dazzling but also poignant, which you have to take when you can get it with Bellow"
The Beautiful and Damned (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Beautiful and Damned (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Even more beautifully written than Gatsby"
Catch-22
Catch-22
"One of a kind - burn the 'sequel'"
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
"Quicker to read than to summarise"