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A Good American

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Amazing

I purchased this book with only a vague idea of its contents. I knew the overall theme, but it does not do the story justice by any means. There is love, family, and romance. There are tragedies, secrets and sharp disappointments. Normally I prefer thrillers and sci-fi,...
I purchased this book with only a vague idea of its contents. I knew the overall theme, but it does not do the story justice by any means. There is love, family, and romance. There are tragedies, secrets and sharp disappointments. Normally I prefer thrillers and sci-fi, but this story spoke to my deepest wishes: A strong, loving family legacy and the realizations of The American Dream. I was sad to see it end, I wanted more. As for the 'revelation' other reviewers commented negatively on, when it came to light, it seemed only natural. Not just to the story but to the characters and their lives. I found not one disappointing thing in this book. I look forward to more from this new author.

posted by 10922148 on March 28, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I am in the minority - at least on this site.

I have read much longer books, but this one felt very long. I know some stopped reading it, but I wanted to get through the whole thing. I love the stories of immigration into the US. But this story had a way of minimizing great events, glossing over others, and comple...
I have read much longer books, but this one felt very long. I know some stopped reading it, but I wanted to get through the whole thing. I love the stories of immigration into the US. But this story had a way of minimizing great events, glossing over others, and completely forgetting some all together. The ship over to America was a breeze compared to real accounts. Finding a way to a town that suited the initial main characters fell into place so easily, as did finding a place to live, and a job. Race relations were touched on, but hardly given an accurate depiction. WWI was a side note. I am not sure what happened to WWII. I realize this story is not meant to be about wars, but I have to argue that WWII had a profound effect on everyone around the world. Many times throughout the book, I hoped for a reference point in time. I wasn't sure what year we were in, and thus could not put parts of the story in a historical context. There were many characters in this story. I was interested in getting to know some of them much more. But just as I was starting to like or understand a character, the book moved on to a new generation. The twist at the end was surprising, but not completely explained. When was Rosa with Stefan? Why did they hide it? Was it a one time thing? I found some parts of the book interesting, but dreaded slogging through other parts. I cannot give more than 2 stars to a novel I want to end.

posted by AngieJG on April 28, 2012

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    I am in the minority - at least on this site.

    I have read much longer books, but this one felt very long. I know some stopped reading it, but I wanted to get through the whole thing. I love the stories of immigration into the US. But this story had a way of minimizing great events, glossing over others, and completely forgetting some all together. The ship over to America was a breeze compared to real accounts. Finding a way to a town that suited the initial main characters fell into place so easily, as did finding a place to live, and a job. Race relations were touched on, but hardly given an accurate depiction. WWI was a side note. I am not sure what happened to WWII. I realize this story is not meant to be about wars, but I have to argue that WWII had a profound effect on everyone around the world. Many times throughout the book, I hoped for a reference point in time. I wasn't sure what year we were in, and thus could not put parts of the story in a historical context. There were many characters in this story. I was interested in getting to know some of them much more. But just as I was starting to like or understand a character, the book moved on to a new generation. The twist at the end was surprising, but not completely explained. When was Rosa with Stefan? Why did they hide it? Was it a one time thing? I found some parts of the book interesting, but dreaded slogging through other parts. I cannot give more than 2 stars to a novel I want to end.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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