The Great American Novel

     I read too much.  It's like a vice for me.  I read novels, crime novels, classics, histories, biographies, self-help books, art histories and critiques.  I keep a list of everthing I read.  Right now, I'm starting Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote.  I read it in Spanish decades ago, but was more involved in figuring out each sentence than I was in the larger story.   The best book I have recently read is Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

   Anyway, looking back, I have a question for everyone.  Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy stands out as the great American novel for me.  Clyde Griffiths is a tragic hero.  Through his story, the reader can gain an understanding of American society, certainly of the early 20th century.  My question is this:  What is your single choice of the great American novel?

KKpaw KKpaw
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1 Response Feb 28, 2009

I like reading too,a lot actually.My favourite book is ''what dreams may come'' of Richard Matheson.Its really great,i can read it a thousand times*