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I had read only one Philip Roth book (Portnoy's Complaint) when I picked up The Great American Novel back in 1974.
Over the years, I have recommended this book to everyone I know who is a baseball fan, and every single person tells me that they love this book.
So rich in characterization and detail, so epic in scope, it almost can't be appreciated in full on a first reading.
A religious phantasy about sacred American mythology: baseball and McCarthy.
A master of alliteration, Word Smith, aka Smitty, rants away at the great conspiracy in baseball. Read more
Not one of Roth's most visible works but one of his best in my opinion.Published 2 months ago by LS
I have read this book dozens of times - I used to read it every spring when baseball season starts! It is so funny! One of my all time favorite books!Published 12 months ago by SB
See above. Repeat: a little scuzzy and worn, not up to expectations. Hope this is helpful...so say so in any response.Published 15 months ago by A. dolin
This is the funniest book Philip Roth wrote. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard before. It might help if you're a baseball fan, but even if you know nothing about baseball,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert Watson
I had read only one Philip Roth book (Portnoy's Complaint) when I picked up The Great American Novel back in 1974. Read morePublished 21 months ago by James Pertierra
"The Great American Novel" is a baseball story but it's as far from "Field of Dreams" as one can get. Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by BJ Fraser
I first read this long ago, and needed to replace my lost copy. It is a must-read for every baseball fan, and the perfect start to the summer season! Go Mundys!!Published on April 25, 2011 by mary kelley