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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2007
This has to be the most perfect book ever written. The story of the Joad family during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl in America, it tells of not only their hardships, but the failure of the American dream and how they attempt to regain it. Steinbeck was at once criticized and praised for this novel since it lays bare all that can go wrong in a democracy. Still, it has the most uplifting, if not odd, ending and the pacing and writing style are easy to follow and exceptional. Not a short book by any means, GRAPES OF WRATH is a book that will stick with you years after you've finished it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2011
A harrowing book, but brilliantly written. I am so pleased our book club chose it this time. It tells of a bit of history I seemed to have missed, the migration of displaced people from Okalahoma to California in search for work. They were decent folk who were treated appallingly, exploited by the fruit growers, who, in turn, could not sell their product at a high enough price to pay the pickers a decent wage. There is a lot of dialogue, which you have to read in your head with an Oklahoma accent! There is both humour and pathos, and there are some wonderful descriptive passages.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2012
I have just finished this book for the second time. I cannot recall reading any other book twice. But I was alerted to its relevance to today. I am so glad that I did reread it. Its message rings true as much today as it seems to have 80 years ago and it is still absolutely beautiful. It hits home. Critics pick holes in its lack of subtlety. If you read a huge amount of books, you too may feel it isn't perfect. Fair enough. It might not be. But it still packs a huge punch and as you're picking yourself up off of the floor, you're glad for it.
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on 20 March 2009
Beautifully constructed story driven by beautifully constructed characters who are driven by a fate that history wove and that Steinbeck relates.

Skilfully avoiding sentimentality or political posturing the novel is, nevertheless, infused with humanity and arouses your anger at the injustices the characters are made to suffer.

For a reflection of and on a time and an engrossing meditation on the power of the human spirit, you'd struggle to find a novel that surpasses this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2009
Beautifully constructed story driven by beautifully constructed characters who are driven by a fate that history wove and that Steinbeck relates.

Skilfully avoiding sentimentality or political posturing the novel is, nevertheless, infused with humanity and arouses your anger at the injustices the characters are made to suffer.

For a reflection of and on a time and an engrossing meditation on the power of the human spirit, you'd struggle to find a novel that surpasses this.
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on 11 April 2015
Have read this three times now. Absolute gem. Better than the film
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2002
a great book...but i'd just like to make a comment on the blurb: it falls into the same trap as many mainstream commentators by seeing the book as being principally about the 'human spirit.' while it is about that (whatever that may mean), it is also an intensely POLITICAL book. To neglect this crucial aspect is not to take heed of the warning the book gives to those who would choose to see the main characters (the Joad family) as 'bums' or whatever.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2011
I could not possibly presume to write a review about one of the great classics, or to add to what others have said here. My only purpose in adding my voice is to say Read This Book! And, if you struggle with the first third of it, persevere. I promise it is WELL worth it. The book will stay with you for a long time and be an enriching experience. Don't wait another day!
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on 1 December 2014
A classic description of the way America treats its poor.
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on 12 November 2009
My favourite Steinbeck book and one of my favourites full stop. Follows the extremely difficult and tortuous journey of the Joads in the great depression, having lost everything and just trying to stay alive chasing a false dream of a bright new life in California. Reminds us of the endearing power of the family and the importance of sticking together. Get it!
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