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To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck
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Dec 17, 2008

really liked it
Read in September, 2008

I remember reading the first time I read this book, I was blown away. It passed Winter of our Discontent as my favorite Steinback novel, a more concise, cogent attempt to handle the themes that would emerge in toto in East of Eden. Then I read it again recently, and my enthusiasm was somewhat tempered. Although it has some poignant imagery - the pass into the valley, the warthog, the old man and the sunrise, and the hallowed rock - Steinback has a tendency to lapse into a Emerson-esque penchant for ecstatic outbursts of hitting the reading over the head with the metaphors, which I find annoying. Still, it touches my romantic spirit enough.

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