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Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
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really liked it
Recommended for: Fans of other Steinbeck

Cannery row is less of a story and more of a description of a place in time. Steinbeck describes a coastal town with incredible detail using a constantly shifting perspective, examining the town through the eyes of a given person or place. It takes a few chapters to get used to, but as time went on, I felt like I got to know the setting better than most other works. Even in the short 181-page length, the author builds a memorable cast of characters and paints a thorough picture of their day-to-day lives. If you're looking for a story, Cannery Row has a few, but none of them are central to the book's purpose. Instead, Steinbeck makes the setting the main character, and its evolution through a short span of time the plot. It's a very unique read, and I highly recommend it.
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Reading Progress

March 30, 2019 – Shelved
March 30, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
December 24, 2019 – Started Reading
January 3, 2020 –
page 175
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January 6, 2020 – Finished Reading

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