What are the best great American novels?

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    #1On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 

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    Eric Schneider
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "On the Road is a great American novel about two friends who embark on a cross-country trip to find experience and meaning. It's a book that's written in such a way that differs from most other books and keeps readers fully engaged, wanting more. It'a a well-written book with great characters."
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Hannah Delgado
    Written on May 11, 2018
    " To Kill a Mockingbird is powerful book, with an engaging story that's hard to put down. It has meaningful insights, as well as being hopeful and uplifting."
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    #3A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.

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    Dorothy Sanchez
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "This Hemingway book met my expectations, It has a very good story with a good message i think it a very good book to read and have fun time during your vacation. "
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    #4One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    James Payne
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A classic tragedy and comedy novel from 1960's America. This novel touches on mental health and the livelihood of the inmaates at a mental health center. Overall a great read."
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    #5Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Olivia May
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a classic book by Ray Bradbury that everyone needs to read! It helps you understand some of the great civil liberties we have been granted in our great nation of America. This book is critical for all citizens and students to read so that they can understand their rights. Plus it is a great story to enjoy! I highly recommend that anyone read this novel."
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    #6The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.

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    Tomás Navarrete
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This Book is a great book. The NO FEAR series is wonderful, the two versions of the book makes the book easier to read and understand. I think this book has a great value to read. "
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    #7The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Frances May
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Definitely an intense, eye opening book. Very sad, but inspiring."
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    #8Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Harry Ramos
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Without a doubt of Mice and Men continues to be one of the best known, most read and greatest of American Novels. The detail of the pain, loss and sorrow during the depression and attempts to overcome it paint a vivid picture of the time period. "
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Samantha Ward
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is a great book but not as great as The Great Gatsby because it's not yet a classic like The Great Gatsby. Although Slaughterhouse-Five is exceedingly captivating, it doesn't capture the essence of the American dream and the greatness of that dream. Great American novels should support and embody that dream."
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    #10The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Martha Meyer
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "It is a very good book and a timeless classic. If you enjoy reading you will enjoy this book. His view of the society, of girls, of family, and friends, are views of someone who is far more intelligent for his age. This book to me, is the best book I have ever read in the near 22 years I've been on this earth! "
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    #11The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Evelyn Gomez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A true classic and wonderful story. Great choice. "
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    #12The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin
    The Cardinal of Kremlin is a novel about the clash of the Soviet Union and the United States. When a US spy spilled the plans of the Soviet in building a massive-laser-defense system. To gather more information, the US send their Cardinal to do the work.

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    Sharon Cunningham
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I needed a new book to read. I wanted a great American novel to read and asked my friend about it. She suggested The Cardinal of the Kremlin. This is a novel about the battle between the Soviet Union and U.S. A U.S. spy reveals plans to build a laser defense system and the U.S. sends their Cardinal to get more info. It's really interesting and I highly recommend it. It's a fun read and very informative."
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    #13The Great Fire

    The Great Fire
    The Great Fire is a North American Historical Non-Fiction book written by Jim Murphy. It was published August 18, 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks.

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    Daniel McDonald
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is not exactly a "great American novel", but it is a good young adult historical novel. An involving study of the fire that ravaged Chicago in 1871, My son loved it. "


Best What are the best great American novels
1On the RoadBooks 27 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 23 Paid
3A Farewell To ArmsBooks 21 Paid
4One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 19 Paid
5Fahrenheit 451Books 17 Paid
6The Scarlet LetterBooks 15 Paid
7The Color PurpleBooks 11 Paid
8Of Mice and MenBooks 10 Paid
9Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 7 Paid
10The Catcher in the RyeBooks 5 Paid

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