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on 9 June 2017
I am ashamed to say that I never read any John Steinbeck books in my youth, but am now thoroughly enjoying them. I read Of Mice and Men a few months ago and loved that and now moved on to The Grapes of Wrath. From the very beginning I was totally hooked into the story of suffering and poverty faced by the Joad family. As with a lot of families it is the strong female figure that keeps the family going and when things get tough we realise that Ma Joad is indeed that woman. No matter what the family have to face, she is the one who keeps it together and battles on. The story starts with the return home of Tom who is released from prison after killing a man. He then discovers the family have left the small holding they have run and are about to depart on the road to a better life in California. However as we know this is the 1930's and nothing is as simple as it seems. Things are incredibly hard for the Joad family and a series of tragedies follow.
I do not wish to write anymore as it will spoil the plot, but all I will say is that this is a masterwork of incredible writing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone as a brilliant look at the social development and suffering of 1930's America.