Five for Friday – Great American Novels

To celebrate America’s Independence day I have chosen 5x Great American Novels which I love. The idea of a Great American novel that is captures the culture of the United States at a certain time period. This term came about un 1866 by John De Forest who described a Great American Novel in The Nation Essay as:

“the picture of the ordinary emotions and manners of American existence, a work that painted “The American soul”

1.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.” 

2. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
“Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 

3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
“Lennie begged, “Le’s do it now. Le’s get that place now.” 
“Sure right now. I gotta. We gotta.” 

4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
“I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” 

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
Catcher 4
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

What are your favourite great american novels? any favourite quotes from them as well? I would love to know, there are so many good ones to choose from! Katie x

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