The Great American Novel

What, in your opinion is the 'Great American Novel'?

Off the top of my head, these are some that are generally considered:
Moby Dick, The House of Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter, Tom Sawyer, Infinite Jest, Freedom, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Catcher in the Rye.

What's your take?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Blood Meridian

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This is a stupid question. There is no great American novel. There are a collection of great American novels. This is necessary because of time.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >infinite jest, Freedom
    Heh

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, Great Gatsby, and IJ. These are prerequisites to understanding American society.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They are indeed necessary, but they are not sufficient. You must add essays by Thoreau and Emerson, and of course Whitman's Leaves of Grass. You should also add something from Faulkner to understand the South.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >great American novel
        >novel
        >You must add essays by Thoreau and Emerson, and of course Whitman's Leaves of Grass.
        I must never underestimate the stupidity of this board

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I was responding to a post saying that those novels were necessary to understand the American psyche, not to OP himself. I am well aware that essays and poetry are (generally) not novels.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Call of the Wild

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Blood Meridian
    Moby Dick
    Catcher in the Rye

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the book of the new sun

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Spirit if the Nation tier:
    Moby Dick, Blood Meridian
    High tier:
    Gravity's Rainbow, The Sound and The Fury
    Mid Tier:
    Catcher in the Rye, Grapes of Wrath
    Undergrad tier:
    Infinite Jest
    Last read a book in Highschool tier:
    Scarlet Letter, Great Gatsby

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Infinite Jest, White Noise, Gravity's Rainbow.
    I'm not American and I've only read those anyway.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What qualifies a book as the Great American Novel?

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    John Fante's Ask The Dust. An excellent novel yet one IQfy rarely ever talks about

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I just finished Gatsby and you post this, stop spying on me

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Book of Mormon

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Booth Tarkington and John Dos Passos series should be in consideration.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Obscene Bird of the Night

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