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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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Apr 02, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: steinbeckitude, favorites, fiction, adult
Recommended for: Ever'body with the gumption
Read in May, 2008

Oh, the style! Oh, the language! Oh, the Joads!!! Somehow I have gotten through life (which includes an English degree) without reading any Steinbeck, but now I have seen the light. I have read many excellent books by excellent American authors expounding excellently upon American themes, but this is the first book that, by the time I was half-way through, I marvelled at how each sentence blew my mind, realizing, "Wow...I am reading the Great American Novel." Great fiction moves us and uncovers a greater level of understanding in our souls, which is precisely what this novel inspired in me. Each and every page saturated my heart and mind, and every scene, every sentiment still rings true today. I understand the agony of the Dust Bowl and the Depression so much more deeply now as well as an insight into poverty and survival I never before experienced. At first I was intimidated by the legacy and sheer weight (literally) of the book and went to it more out of duty than anything else, but my expectations were exceeded 5000%. If you've got some compassion and intestinal fortitude, you really ought to read this book.

(ps-excellent supplement for this book: New Lost City Ramblers' album Songs from the Depression)
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Meghan Pinson Lindsay! I agree with you wholeheartedly -- and the only regret is that WHAT OTHER BOOK will do this to a person?! Where do we go from there? I did crosswords for weeks after finishing this book, rather than begin another novel, just to allow enough time for the fumes to wear off. I'm presently recovering from Animal Dreams with a book of Sudoku, in hopes that Plague of Doves will soothe my soul half as well ....

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