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November 27, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath


The Grapes of Wrath a master piece novel by John Steinbeck published in 1939. Somewhere I read recently that the Nobel Prize committee needed author John Steinbeck more than John Steinbeck needed them and I suspect whoever said that is correct. I had heard of Grapes of Wrath all my life but somehow was not moved to pick up the book. Well… I said, let me read a few pages and then I’ll see if I read it. Mind you I had read Of Mice and Men so I was not completely oblivious to JS’s writing. But frankly that didn’t prepare me for The Grapes of Wrath. From the first moment I was blown away and couldn’t put the book down. What struck me the most was the novel’s dialogs. It is as if I could really hear the characters talk with their Oklahoma twang and all… simply fantastic!

The novel takes place during the depression years and it tells the story about how sharecropping families were being thrown out to the dogs to fend for themselves. The Joad family scrounged up whatever little money they could and headed to California, “the land of milk and honey” to try a new life. And from there, everything goes downhill in a hurry. What an irony that in today’s harsh economic times these stories are replaying themselves, for real.

So my recommendation to you is: just read it!

Movie Trailer (1940)


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