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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481851683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481851688
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,518,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Constantin Radu on November 8, 2013
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I read this book in two days. It was an interesting and engaging story. Quite outstanding compared to your typical Amazon reading.
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By Tea Bujor on January 14, 2013
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I read The American while I was having my own American experience visiting New York, and from the very beginning it captivated me so much that I couldn't put it down. I read it fast and with great interest. The novel is written by a brilliant psychologist who captures all aspects and states of mind of the hero. The latter is a genuine, unassuming fellow who left Romania of the 1920s in search of a better life, like many Europeans at that time.
The protagonist, Mitu, whose story is rendered with master talent by the writer, touched me deeply. Mitu Popescu is a young man gifted with an innate intelligence, who struggles and faces his share of hardships, believing that his wish of forging a better future for himself will come true, chasing the American Dream. Mitu's joys are passing joys. His suffering seems to be lasting, due to the historical circumstances. Cezar Giosan, with his psychologist's training and with a thorough documentation on the history he returns to, proves to have an undisputed literary talent.
I was fascinated by the way the author interwove Mitu's personal history in the chronological flow of time with the history he lived back in Romania. I am profoundly touched by the perceptive way in which the writer succeeded in rendering Mitu's adventures - those of a young Romanian with no education, but who, at that time, believed he might have a better life in America.
I warmly recommend The American as a wonderful read and as the work of an exceptionally insightful psychologist, who makes his way into the hidden corners of the human soul and who is also a very good connoisseur of the history of those times. I trust Cezar Giosan will offer us more texts, just as beautifully written.
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Format: Paperback
The novel puts forth a story with very elaborate work behind it, written by an author with genuine insight into the human psyche.
The template of the narrative is quite familiar - the Eastern European immigration to the Promised Land at the beginning of the twentieth century: a hero in search of a better life goes through thick and thin in his determination to make it in the land of make-believe. The novel focuses on the American Dream from a Romanian's perspective and experience. There have been other contemporary Romanian writers in the Diaspora that took up the topic - Norman Manea and Andrei Codrescu are probably the best known -, but most contemporary novels focus on recent history and the events of the last two decades. The American revisits a historical moment of a century ago, digging through the piled up layers of memory and documented history. It also stands out as a modern narrative that revives and reworks certain picaresque elements in its description of the different milieus the hero moves through and of his ensuing experiences. The return to the story per se and to the hero, with his riveting adventures, is something quite remarkable and original in the (post)postmodernist literary context of the present.
Stylistically, the prose is clear, easy to read and flows elegantly and powerfully making one read a 500-page novel in just a few sittings.
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By Lara I on January 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
A must read! It's been a while since I've found a book I simply can't put down but I guarantee this is one of them. Once you've connected with Mitu, the American - and you do it right away - you're hooked. You are taken aboard on his journey and you never for one second feel like a standby-er but instead you're completely drawn into his extraordinary life.

Over a span of more than 50 years, you get to live with him historical moments like the two world wars, the great depression or the communism tortures, taste the highs and lows of exile, success and love and come to realizations that make life worth living. Don't be surprised if you shed a tear or two or if you find yourself laughing out loud. It is that well written!
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By Calin A. Crisan on January 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I haven't been so captivated by a book since I was 12-13 years old and reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I'm speechless...an amazing story of personal success and despair!! It's totally worth it.

Bravo Cezare!
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