Aug 20, 09
Read in August, 2007
I just visited Monterey, CA and walked through Cannery Row and was inspired to read the book. Although it was not quite as I expected (I thought it would be a little more relentlessly grim), I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is great and it was more humorous than I thought. I did always have an impending sense of dread that no matter what was happening in the book (dramatic action, matter of fact description, humorous anecdote) I always had the sense that some disaster was about to occur. The characters are not that likable, or at least I wouldn’t want to know most of them. Most are in it for themselves and Steinbeck does a good job of showing that while these characters often say they are doing something for someone else or the general good, in fact it’s really a benefit to them. I would definitely recommend this book, which could be read in a short period of time.