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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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Sep 07, 07


I find myself hesitant to give a rating to this book because my opinion on it has changed so much. My first encounter with this book was in high school. I remember being aware that I was reading a "classic" and recognizing the beauty of Steinbeck's use of language; however, I could not bring myself to get past how boring it all seemed. Intermixed with the story of the Joad family there are many lengthy descriptions of the land, the view from the road and animals. To a 16-yr old, these seemed to go on forever-- especially when the main storyline wasn't exactly thrilling. And then he killed off a dog AND a baby?!? Talk about depressing! I immediately decided that nothing could save this book for me. And so, it was with a feeling of dread that I realized I'd be reading the book again for my freshman seminar in college. After giving it a second chance, I was able to jar myself out of the fast-paced/ spoon-feed-me-entertainment mindset of a teenager and more fully appreciate the quality of what I was reading. It is now one of my absolute favorite reads? No, but something must be said for an author that can write an entire chapter on a turtle crossing the road and still have that image stick in my mind six years after reading it. Who knows... it might even move up on my list some more if read again.
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Amber I don't think it really matters what age you are when you read it. I think what really matters is when your reading level starts to mature. I'm 19 and it's my first time reading the book and I really enjoy it. Depending on someones reading level they may enjoy it at 15, or even as young as 10.


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