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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, informative and contemporary novel., 19 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: After the "Grapes of Wrath": Essays on John Steinbeck in Honour of Tetsumaro Hayashi (Hardcover)
This novel is set in rural 1930s, in America where conditions were worsening for the farming industry. In basic concepts, it is about a family, the Joads, who have been evacuated out of their homes and land by the ''bank''. The experiances and hardship they undergo whilst moving from rural Texas to California for a chance to build a new life for themselves, is the centre point of the novel. With the chapters that are situated with adventures of the Joads, there are also intercalary chapters which describe philosophy, conditions of the perioad and social background information. John Steinbeck, has used this unique structure to make his messages more readable and for a clear understanding of what he was trying to potray. This novel acclaimed much criticism as being regarded as source of communist material but in my opinion there are several ways of intrepeting this novel. One way is to regard this novels as a narrative story plot for sole entertainment purposes, another is to understand the deeper phiosophical and social issues regarding this genre. It includes humour, I found the character of the preecher particulary funny, and it challenges views and emotions of the people at the time and in some aspects even today. Read and then re-read the novel and try to understand what the different concepts.
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