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The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck
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Feb 06, 2011

it was amazing

I love Pastures of Heaven - one of my now favorite Steinbeck books from 1942. It's a collection of interwoven stories of families, old and new, who live and work in Las Pasturas del Cielo near Salinas and Monterey, California. Primarily farmers and orchardists, Steinbeck speaks of their trials and triumphs. Indians, "natives," immigrants, ne'er-do-wells, teachers and proto-hippies inhabit the valley. I especially like the stories of teachers and chicken farmers and those who let the land go to seed. Won't detail all the tales (there are many), but the overall portrait of generations of people is supremely touching. The sense of time and place, of detail, of dialog, of precision on all counts - amazing. A good old book to resurrect in this time of change and fear.

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Patience Thomas Susan, thank you for taking the time to write a descriptive review. I'm grateful for goodreads and the opportunity to stay connected with you through books.

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