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A classic with relevant and resonant issues today
on 27 May 2017
It's some 50 years since I first read The Grapes of Wrath as an exam text. I found it profoundly moving as a teenager and revisiting the book all these years later has proved equally emotional.
I'm sure most will know the basic story; the Joad family along with other 'Oakies' from the Oaklahoma dust bowl travel west to California in search of a new and better life. This is one of the first Route 66 journeys; but it's one filled with a mix of heartbreak and hope. Family members die en route and on arrival in California, far from the land of dreams and promise, there's only more exploitation. This is a novel which resonates particularly well; great insight into the crisis of migrants and mass movement of population. I enjoyed it first time round. I enjoyed it even more,with a different starting point and years of life experience. The use of language is superb, characters are rich and this is a novel I'd happily recommend to anyone.