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A Good American

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 13 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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    I was so eager to read this book, thinking it would be one to cu

    I was so eager to read this book, thinking it would be one to curl up with on the couch. After the first few pages, I was still excited and interested in the strong characters. However, as I read further, the story didn't sound like real life. A man leaving his country with only the clothes he's wearing? A bartender who teaches an immigrant wrong English phrases? A wife so addled with pregnancy that she has no other thoughts? A wife who will not read ANY of her soldier husband's letters? Come on! I like this book, but it feels like 'magical realism.' And I felt tricked to find out this is not really the story of the author's own grandparents. The down and dirty of life in an new country was not there. And the simple motivations of some characters did not ring true. I think Alex George writes smooth, flowing prose, but I need characters who are more multidimensional and less cardboard figures.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    I enjoyed, but I was left wanting more.

    I grew up listening to the family stories of my German ancestors, so I was immediately attracted to this book. Although I found the sections and chapters a bit episodic, they present a lot of themes akin to many immigrants from all over. I only wish it would have explored these themes a little deeper. At some points it felt like George was trying to squeeze in too many details, and the jumps in time between chapters were unpredictable, making it hard to know exactly what year or where I was at in the timeline of their lives.

    Overall though, I found this to be a good, enjoyable read. I live in Missouri, in the same town as the author, so it felt local to me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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