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Great American Novels, Ranked from "Pretty Great, Actually" to "Meh"

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald was not the first person to write a book about the many trials and pitfalls of the American Dream, nor was he the last. But he was certainly the first to write a book where someone says the words "Open the whiskey, Tom. And I’ll make you a mint julep. Then you won’t seem so stupid to yourself," and for that this would be one of my favorite books even if it wasn't already one of my favorite books.

Topics: Books
Tags: books we love, the scarlet letter, the great gatsby, the catcher in the rye, to kill a mockingbird, infinite jest, moby dick, funny lists, the grapes of wrath, freedom, tkam, absalom absalom, the mediocre gatsby

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