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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 February 5, 2013

    I bought this book because my great grandmother's 3d husband was

    I bought this book because my great grandmother's 3d husband was named Meisenheimer. She was widowed twice. I'm descended from a child of her first marriage. So this book hit home. Some of the stories ring notes from my own immigrant family's experience in the late 19th century. Some grieved for their homeland, knowing their journey to America would be a better life, but oh, the heartache and backbreaking work it required. Music and their church community were keys to their survival. I am about half through the book, stalled out, but will soldier on and complete it. However I can't help but overlay this story with those told by my own family story tellers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Twists and Turns

    This novel is not just a list of someone's lifetime. It holds
    some twists and turns you don't expect. The writing is good.
    The main characters and settings are described so well that you
    can picture them. I like the variety of ages too. Well done!
    Alex George captured the Midwest, small town atmosphere.

    My only dissapointment was a few phrases used were really too modern
    for the period of time in the setting of the family early history.
    Otherwise. I would have given this book 5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Good sweeping story

    Enjoyable read but it is one of the books that it appear the author got tired after a while and just finished it up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    A different view of immigration

    Being from Missouri, I was intrigued with a book which told the story of immigration to somewhere other than New York City. The plot line holds your interest over several generations and the development of the characters is good, you will be rooting for them. My only problem with this book is a certain revelation at the end (don't worry I'm not going to reveal anything) which I just coudln't buy. That said, still an enjoyable read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    A Good American is a good read

    Very heart-warming, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Constantly surprised me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Loved it!

    Loved this book. It's a multi-generational family story that's easy to read, involving, with characters I could've grown up with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Really interesting book about German immigrants and Missouri history.

    An easy read that is really interesting, especially to someone who has German heritage and lives in Missouri.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

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    My beautiful home state of Missouri is rarely a setting for a bo

    My beautiful home state of Missouri is rarely a setting for a book, so when I saw that it was set in Missouri and stayed in Missouri, I was delighted . Although the town of Beatrice, Missouri is fictional, you can place it along interstate 70 which cuts through the state from St. Louis to Kansas City. Here we have lovely old German towns, and many of these have become a mecca for wine lovers since we have lots of vineyards along the way. A page turner? No. But, it was a cozy read. There was a revelation towards the end of the book that still does not make sense to me and really put a downer on what, otherwise, would have been a satisfying ending. I did enjoy Mr. George's writing style and hope that the longer this transplanted Brit lives in our beautiful state, he will come up with another book! Maybe about an immigrant family from Ireland :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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