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If there's even been a candidate for the great American novel, this is certainly one of the front-runners. The only novel written by Ross Lockridge, Jr., who committed suicide shortly after publication, this tale of the United States and its history, seen from 1876, is as broad and deep as the Mississippi, and elevated as a New York skyscraper, and as full of wonder as any novel one can imagine. Both an intelligent book and one that is accessible to all, in spite of its length, Raintree County is my personal favorite American novel of all time. It combines the introspection of Emerson with the vast characterization of John Irving; the humor of Fitzgerald (when he was funny), with the seriousness of Steinbeck. In short, this is a novel not to miss. Don't be dissuaded by its length; it flies by, and you'll not regret reading (or listening to) it.
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This is a fantastic book. I bought it because I have vowed to listen to some of the "Classics." I had never even heard of this book previously. The writing is incredible, verging on sheer poetry, though never going over the line to be pretentious or inaccessible. The narration is very fine. Of the hundreds of books I've listened to, this would be in the top five to take with me to listen to again on a desert island.
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