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To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck
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Apr 12, 2009

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** spoiler alert ** To a God Unknown is the story of Joseph Wayne, who leaves Vermont for California and becomes obsessed with the land. A lonely, hardened man, Joseph begins his California experience alone and after being briefly joined by his brothers and taking a wife, ends it alone.

He sees the spirit of his late father as living in the tree outside his home and begins to worship at its alter. After the tree is killed by his God-fearing brother Burton, Joseph eventually transfers his worship to a rock in a mysterious glade - the same rock that causes the death of his wife Elizabeth and that Joseph eventually ends his own life upon.

To a God Unknown is pure Steinbeck but falls a little short for me in comparison to the other books of his I've read. Still, all in all, an enjoyable, powerful book that touches on faith, determination and a strong communion with the land.

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