The Great American Read. Do You Agree With The Results?

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  1. beyer160

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    I'm actually pleasantly surprised- I thought garbage like "50 Shades" would have been much higher on the list.

    I mostly read nonfiction, but I have to say Harry Potter earned its place. I started reading it to my son expecting to hate it, but it's a great story with great writing (towards the end she got a little too wordy, but not enough to be distracting).
     
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    No Tom Robbins ?!
     
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    No John Irving ?!
     
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    I find it fairly easy to understand the popularity of the books on this list. Have enjoyed reading many of them, even if they're not among my personal top 100 favorites. It's a bit disappointing that the work of some of my favorite authors like Proulx and Faulkner aren't represented, but they're not as accessible as many on the list.

    I was really surprised to see Swan Song listed. It's a decent enough book, with a post-apocalypse storyline, but it's fairly dated, and IMHO Cormac McCarthy's The Road is a much finer example of the genre.

    Hekawi- re: #55 I see what you did there :lol:
     
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    I stand corrected
     
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    And Marquez, Vargas, etc. should be on a great American read list?
     
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    I see what you did
     
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    oops. this is novels. nm.
     
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    No Faulkner or Hemingway.
     
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    Seriously, this list is mostly stuff people think they are supposed to like or should be embarrassed that they like. Seeing To Kill a Mockingbird at the top of the list made it pretty clear that was the way it was going to go; if having that as your favorite book doesn't scream "I never read anything that wasn't assigned to me for credit", I don't know what does.
     
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    Interesting!

    This list seems pretty high-falootin' to me. I guess it's supposed to be a list of the most common all-time #1 list topper favorite reads. And I can see if you asked me, "what's your all-time number one?" I might dredge up something Very Important Indeed like TKA Mockingbird, Catcher, or Tom Sawyer.

    But if they asked what your top 5 was, including series? I bet a whole bunch of these get bumped off for people like James Lee Burke, Robert Jordan or R. A. Salvatore, assorted Stephen King books, Danielle Steele.

    I'd actually much rather see THAT list. Honestly, I don't have the brainpower to go back and read Very Important Indeed books anymore. But Hard Luck Hank? Oh yeah. On Audiobook because the narrator is hysterical. THAT would make my list.
     
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    High falutin?

    J K Rowling? Agatha Christie? Dan Brown? Ken Follet?

    ...and Fifty Shades of Grey and the Game of Thrones franchise?

    :lol:
     
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    A Prayer For Owen Meany is on the list
     
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    #65 The Sun Also Rises, is Hemingway's.
     
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    When you sit through a two and a half hour commercial for a book it does inspire recall of the material.

    Their list should have had a cutoff date set twenty or thirty years ago. There is a lot of 'recent bias' on the titles listed, common for this sort of favorites list.

    +1 on The Hobbit over LOTR. Frodo's path was a weary depressing slog that pulled away from the world building grandeur.

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    ...and don't get me wrong, I'm not being a literary snob. I enjoy reading Christie, Follet and even Brown.
     
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    No. It's because you have a proper education with exposure to the classics. Vonnegut is cutesy pseudo-intellectual junk. Books written from TV series??? Twilight Series?? Crazy stuff. Where is Charles Dickens? James Clavell? At least Alexander Dumas got on the list with The Count of Monte Cristo. If you like that, you could try The Three Musketeers or The Man in the Iron Mask.
     
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    Kind of funny story. A zillion years ago, I couldn't get enough of Milan Kundera. I lent one of my books to my buddy who was on the college hockey team. He scanned a few pages and concluded that it was stupid. I told him to keep reading. He came by later and said he was carrying the book around when an attractive co-ed came up to him and said, "Excuse me. I just wanted to say that you're reading my favorite book." He said to me with a new found appreciation, "Dude! I love Milan Kundera!"
     
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    #29 Great Expectations. I detest Dickens. I'd much rather read Balzac for my tales of 19th century misery. :)
     
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