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Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
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Jan 30, 2010

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John Steinbeck is one of my all time favorite authors. While this is not one of my favorites of his books, I found that it stayed with me for several hours after I read it.

Steinbeck had an ability to write in a style that had many levels. I have heard scholars of Steinbeck say that Cannery Row was written with four notably different levels. I have found that as I read his books at different times of my own life, that I get it on a different level and see it as a different story. Such was the case with Tortilla Flat.

The story does bear a distinctly similar story to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Yet, in a way it also bears a resemblance to Robin Hood.

It was not until the last 100 or so pages that the style was distinctly Steinbeck. It had a depth, and a beauty that was quite profound. While I see quite a few contemporary writers having a tendency to hasten their endings, or make everything neat and tidy, Steinbeck seemed to be the master of the ending.
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