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The American Dream?
« on: July 19, 2019, 10:49:15 PM »
Right, so I've been granted a pretty big assignment for my English class, which requires to find some books about the American Dream to have a read of. So far I'm thinking Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and the Great Gatsby, but does anyone on here have any insights on what else to read?

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Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2019, 10:57:38 PM »
John Updike's Rabbit series? Isn't it Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that references the American dream? Richard Ford's The Sportswriter? The Swimmer or other stuff by John Cheever?

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2019, 11:07:17 PM »
Oh yeah, you're right I got the wrong fear & loathing. Thanks, I'll check those books out asap.

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 11:11:38 PM »
American Psycho, The Art of the Deal, Dreams From my Father, The US Constitution, Requiem for a Dream

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2019, 06:19:01 AM »
Americana by Don DeLilo

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Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2019, 04:09:17 PM »
If you're allowed to include comics I'd recommend Shade The Changing Man by Peter Milligan, issues 1 - 20.

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2019, 10:24:22 PM »
The greatest fiction there is.

There's probably a lot of this in Steinbeck.

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2019, 10:30:50 PM »
Saul Bellow's "The Adventures of Augie March"




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Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2019, 11:22:27 PM »
Faulkner - Light in August
Sinclair Lewis - Babbitt

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2019, 08:00:20 AM »
Philip Roth - American Pastoral

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2019, 02:58:08 PM »
Yates - Revolutionary Road. A couple attains the American dream - good white-collar job, classic white-picket fence house, two children - think it's boring and they're better (more bohemian, I guess) than it, and mock others who are satisfied with it while making future plans to escape.

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Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2019, 11:32:00 PM »
“The American Dream” by Mr America Dream.

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Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2019, 01:29:00 AM »
Of Mice and Men is on the standard curriculum, or at least it was when I was a kid. Dunno if you've already read it or not. It's a bit of an uninspired choice and a legitimately terrible novel to sit through for research but it's also easy as shit to find.

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2019, 07:43:19 AM »
A terrible novel?

Re: The American Dream?
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2019, 07:43:24 AM »
and further on Steinbeck; the Winter of our Discontent.  If I remember correctly there's something about a son having to write and essay about 'Why I Love America' and things are complicated.