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HailHailtoMichigan!
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What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
I don't have an answer, but i'd like to hear from some expert readers here.


Dubosed
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
I've read The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley once a year going on almost three decades. May not be the best novel ever written but it's my all time favorite.


Sigma
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
I'm still trying to make my way through the classics, but the one that's really blown me away is The Grapes of Wrath.


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AUveritas
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
The Brothers Karamazov


Tigris
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
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expert readers here


I'm not this, and there are a lot of classics I have not read. But of the books I have read I'll go with Infinite Jest. It's a very tough read and the first time through was a love/hate relationship. But it is brilliant as hell and well worth the effort in the long run. But it also took multiple readings to really start understanding it.



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Fontainebleau Dr.
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
For me, it's difficult to top Lonesome Dove.


JawjaTigah
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
Here’s 5:

The Scarlet Letter
A Christmas Carol
To Kill a Mockingbird
Dracula
The Old Man and the Sea
This post was edited on 9/24 at 1:44 pm


molsusports
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
I think a common answer from many professors would be Joyce's Ulysses. For a more traditional answer you could go with Huckleberry Finn. I am personally partial to Animal Farm.


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ElephantGA
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
I have always loved, This Side of Paradise.

Edit- I always love it when someone down votes an opinion of someone else. I don't think people understand what a personal opinion is here.
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
Slapstick


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TheTideMustRoll
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
War and Peace. Breathtaking in both scope and execution.


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Porter Osborne Jr
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
What makes you put The Scarlet Letter on there? I loved the others on your list but that one was boring for me.


CelticDog
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
East of eden. Steinbeck

I am partial to "los muertos mandan", blasco ibanez. In Catalan.

I admit to confirmation bias re my nominee.

Steinbeck is the "official" answer.
Almost as grim as my nominee.

Both horrific.
Maybe los muertos mandan is in english translation. Imagine the protagonist is Rex and the locals are the OT baws.
This post was edited on 9/25 at 10:03 am


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TheGooner
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
This is very hard to answer but I very much enjoy reading and re-reading The Caine Mutiny.


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JawjaTigah
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
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What makes you put The Scarlet Letter on there?
I think it is a great reflection of the times it represented. I think it is a great study in human nature. It shows clearly how over time's passage, certain "facts" about people do often evolve, and how public opinion can move. And how our misdeeds can be redeemed or redeeming factors over time - like lemons, they can be turned to lemonade.

In this case, Hester's practice of kindness and her parenting demonstrates much about what is in her soul (despite initial popular opinion). Whereas, the good reverend's heart rotted from having to exist in the unconfessed shadows of what he had done.

So that's why I included it.


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JonTigerFan11
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
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The Brothers Karamazov


Although I do not know if I would consider it the best novel ever written (it is up there for sure) it is the novel that has had the most impact on my life. It is truly remarkable.


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glassman
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
That is an impossible question to answer. I'll just throw out a few that impacted me on a very deep level.

All Quiet on the Western Front
A Separate Peace
Aztec
Lonesome Dove
1984
Farenheit 454

I just better stop, or I'll never end this post..


TaTa Toothy
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
Moby Dick or Don Quixote IMHO


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Paul Allen
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
Dracula by Bram Stoker


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Sneaky__Sally
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re: What, IYO, is the greatest novel ever written?
Brave New World in addition to many included here.


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