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Favorite Steinbeck Novel

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by kuvash, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. kuvash

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    You can name more than one...
     
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    "The Pearl" and "Of Mice and Men"
     
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    Sometimes I read 3 novels a week, but I’ve never read Steinbeck.
     
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    Cannery Row was pretty great, hard to argue with the big ones though. East of Eden, the Grapes of Wrath, Mice and Men... each unassailable.
     
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    Agreed - but it's the only one I've read.
     
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    ..... whoops not a novel... Of Mice and Men i guess..
     
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    I concur.
     
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    East of Eden, what an epic tale!
     
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    I think it's hard to argue with The Grapes of Wrath. It hits most of the big themes of the time, the historical context retains its interest (the Dust Bowl), and the characters are memorable. It's beautiful and human, even if some parts are a bit too idealized. I like most everything about it except the ending.

    I also love Of Mice and Men and Cannery Row. Especially OMAM. OMAM is lean and mean. It gets right to the heart of what makes people and life beautiful and terrible and does it all in under 200 pages. Kind of has the same thing going on as Chekhov's short stories where you know hardly anything about the people you're reading about and yet you come away feeling like you really know them on some deep level. That's pretty astounding. It's too bad that so many Americans have it ruined for them by being forced to study it in English class.

    Anyway, I love Steinbeck, and think it's an unflattering sign of the times that's become fashionable to bag on him.
     
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    I've only read The Pearl and Of Mice And Men. I liked them both. Scenes from both of those novels as well as the movie The Grapes Of Wrath spring into my thoughts now and again.
     
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    my 14 year old self lived in Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row.... my goal in life was to be Danny or one of Danny's friends, enjoy life, drink wine from a jar, eat beans and eggs and tortillas and find sublime humor in the great monterey area... I got kinda close...
     
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