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The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
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Nov 11, 2007

really liked it
Read in November, 2007

crisp, beautiful language and a startling story. i want to assign, it with macbeth, in my literature class (but i may also change my mind a few times before i settle on a syllabus.)

this novel does not kindly describe who succeeds in american business. and while Macbeth is finally punished for his attempt to overturn social order, the main characer here is not. his wife's ambition is less harsh, though no less misplaced (pride) and the witch is a different kind of witch. i liked this witch just as well as the others.

steinbeck's descriptions recall hawthorne's descriptions of the original virtue of americans, their blindnesses (in both books they are sentimental and superstitious-i recently re-read house of the seven gables).

this is an excellent novel whose rendering of slack business morals sneaks up on you.

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