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What a Great Ride!
on 6 April 2015
The thing that grasps you about Steinbeck, is that although he is a very sophisticated and intelligent writer, he is also well informed about the basics of life - those lower echelons of life, and their financial, psychological and emotional struggles?
He is also surprisingly well informed about the ways of women? One can only assume he learned an awful lot from his wife, her friends and his business associates – he never had his own daughters! Like so many writers he is clearly a great observer?
He has an excellent knowledge of most things in this book: rural matters of all descriptions, mechanical matters, the feelings of frustration, isolation, a lack of satisfaction, an inner hardness to survive. He paints pictures so wonderfully well.
He is never graphic about sex or violence – he tells you just enough and leaves you to imagine the rest – perfectly done!
His characterisations are brilliant. He reminds so much of Fitzgerald in the way he writes – perhaps it’s just that they are both so damn good that they seem so similar?
We have here a Don Juan, an alcoholic, a travelling salesman (about the only one without any hang ups or secrets), a glamour puss, the ‘well –to-do, Victorian,’ family and a couple of youngsters lacking the usual self-confidence and finally an irritating prophet of doom!
Put them all in a mix; get on the bus, and we have a story – and a brilliant read it is too. I just loved it. Finally, look out for those lovely repeated asides regarding his characters and the like - it’ll make you smile – ‘Pimples’ love of cakes for example!