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This review is from: Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Inspired by the brilliance of Grapes of Wrath, I decided that Cannery Row should be the next book on my shelf. I was not disappointed. It is hugely entertaining and a comic masterpiece.
Like Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row is set in the Great Depression in a complex that houses a grocery store, a restaurant, a brothel, a marine biologist's (Doc's) laboratory, dilapidated buildings and a fish canning factory (hence the title).
One expects the gritty descriptions of `Grapes' to spill over into Cannery Row. It does have a dark moment (and it is brief) in an otherwise hilarious tale. Mack and the boys are central to an array of wonderful characters that dance across the pages of this marvelous book. I cannot sufficiently stress the contrast between this book and Grapes of Wrath. Brilliant.