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July 6, 2013

The Great American Novel

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Since we celebrated Independence Day this week in the US, I thought it was only fitting to feature some Great American Novels. In order that they came to mind:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - America has always seemed its strongest in the face of adversity. The human spirit is tested, yet, it remains steadfast. Buy The Grapes of Wrath at Amazon.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - the epitome of American decadence.  The gaiety of the 1920s covers the moral decline of society. Buy The Great Gatsby at Amazon.

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - literature taking on a cause. A controversial and possibly criminal (at least in the south) publication. Add to the fact that is was written by a woman, it's amazing it was ever published. Buy Uncle Tom's Cabin at Amazon. (It's a free ebook)

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There are a number of novels that can be classified as Great America Novels. I know I haven't even scratched the surface. I asked people on Facebook and Twitter to give me some titles/authors and these titles were added to the list:

Nathaniel Hawthrone - House of Seven Gables (free ebook)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

What book or author comes to your mind when you think of The Great American Novel?

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  1. When you asked this on facebook I totally drew a blank then when you mentioned To Kill A Mockingbird I thought yes that. So yeah my brain may be on delay reaction but it has a fave