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To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck
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Dec 27, 2010

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Read from December 27 to 29, 2010

A classic Steinbeck novel, to a T. Steinbeck blends simple prose grounded firmly in reality describing the Central Valley of California with mythical, mysterious and often bewildering human characters. The main character is almost non-human in his communion with the land and lack of ability to understand or communicate himself to other people. Joseph's obsession and identification with the land he has chosen for himself drives the story forward just as much as the external (or perhaps internal!) plot devices of the world cycling between summer to winter, rain to drought. Steinbeck's writing always intrigues me even as his character's words confuse me in their esoteric, disjointed manner.
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