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4.0 out of 5 stars Some may struggle to finish, it�s worth it though., 14 July 2005
This review is from: The Grapes of Wrath (Paperback)
I was seriously contemplating 5 stars for this book, but then as I got toward the end of it I was reminded how tough a book this can be to read at times. I don't mean it's full of difficult long words, or that the paragraph structure is such that the reader becomes dazed and confused. What I mean is that the subject matter can really grind you down, but that is what makes the book so impressive.
The Grapes of Wrath follows a migrant farm working family from the 1930's who, during the great depression, are forced to leave their home and their livelihood to seek a future in California. This in essence is the thread of the story but what the Grapes of Wrath does is it branches off to give a number of sub-stories which really give the reader a sense of what life was like for these migrant workers.
The book in interspliced with a number social commentaries on this time, which show how badly these people were thought of, and also shows how normal "god fearing" people can turn on their own people, scared that these outsiders will ruin their way of life. These moments though do not constitute the whole book and there are a variety of other stories (purely fictional) around the family and how they bond together, yet break apart as the journey slowly wears them down.
The greatness of the book is the timelessness of it. Steinbeck shows how people will turn on each other with the right provocation. In Grapes of Wrath it's the wealthy Californians, we can see this mimicked to a point in peoples attitudes to modern day asylum seekers. People fear what they don't understand and what they are scared of they attack.
A brilliantly written book but really does need perseverance.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2013 00:11:25 GMT
Perserverance? you gotta by joking. It was unputdownable! I could have read it though again. I think you mean it was long - yeh! that's what you meant surely?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2013 09:38:38 GMT
Chris Chalk says:
Hi, no length wasnt really the issue, I think I am pretty effusive in my praise. The issue is more around the hardship the characters suffer against a back drop of such futility and how that can be draining to the reader.

I any regard, it's created debate and surely that's the most powerful thing a book can do!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2015 13:04:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Feb 2015 13:05:09 GMT
Strangerbird says:
No I understand what the reviewer means. I read it in chunks, but found it difficult to pick up each time; not for the reason that it was boring but that it was so depressing. But I do believe it to have been an important milestone on the journey from the early twentieth century to the post-war world. Other writers such as George Orwell, D.H Lawrence etc contributed as much as Steinbeck; as did the industrial, economic and managerial revolution which the war inspired, both in America and in Europe.
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