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Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
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Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck is a story about a man named Danny and his friends, the Paisainos of Monterey. The novel chronicles the adventures of Danny and his friends as they strive to make a dollar or snake a bottle of wine in anyway they can. At the beginning of the story Danny inherits two houses from his grandfather and goes from being a nobody in the Monterey old town to a respectable man in the community. Even though Danny has inherited two houses he doesn't change his ways and invites his friends to share his wealth with.

Tortilla Flat is an interesting book because there isn't a particularly clear plot. The events that occur in the book although seemingly unrelated all fall under the same meaning and motifs. Wine for example is a motif that Steinbeck uses in almost every scene in the story. It is a sign of the culture and the times as well as the way people interact. Overall I liked the messages and the insight that Steinbeck gives his readers. This is typical of a Steinbeck novel and one of the things that makes him such a great writer. However I felt like the story line was a little slow and uneventful, I wish there would have been more tragedy or hardship. It just lacked something special that most of his other novels have.
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