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Full of love and gentle humour,
By A Customer
This review is from: Cannery Row (Steinbeck "Essentials") (Paperback)Together with its sequel (Sweet Thursday) this is my favourite Steinbeck work, because it's full of what he does best: perfect studies of ordinary (but extraordinary!) people, following them through good times and bad times with humour, sympathy, and love.
It doesn't have the grand sweep or the deep (some would say manipulative) emotion of the Grapes of Wrath or East of Eden. It's a far more human work than either of those... read it, and let the characters and places grow in your memory until you feel you know them, as if you once lived on Cannery Row yourself.