Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Just finished reading this a few minutes ago. This is one of my all time favorite novels. I've probably read it 5 times before. And, of course, it blew me away as always. I just love John Steinbeck. He doesn't really ever use many literary 'tricks'. It's just the way he words things that slays me. I have this collection of 4 Steinbeck works in one volume. I got it out to read 'Of Mice and Men' because of Sawyer. Then there was 'Tortilla Flat' and I was like, well, I'll read this because I've only read it once before and I remember it being kind of a cute little story. Then there was 'Cannery Row'. And, same thing, I thought well, I've only read this twice before, but I liked it quite a bit. I really love the Doc character and I wanted to remember why. Hey, I'll read it again. Then there was grapes and I just had to. It has been several years since I read it last. It was in college and I did a big thesis on it. This is truly Steinbeck's masterpiece. The writing is so beautiful, it will make you pause. It's a compelling story about the triumph of the human spirit. It takes place in the '40s during the dust-bowl migration. When thousands of families were forced to flee the Oklahoma/Kansas region in search for work in California. I'm kind of glad I've finished it now, though because for the last couple of weeks, my inner narrative has been in the voice of a Joad (the central family). For example, when I'm really hungry, in my mind I'm saying 'I ain't et yet' and such. Hopefully that will fade over time. All: I implore you; If you have not read this book (Em), do treat yourself. It is amazing. Now 'git'.