John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath: 8/13/09

The Grapes of Wrath

The reactions to this book were quite varied. Some readers were profoundly moved by the story of sacrifice, desperation, and a world turned upside down; others were put off by the heavy-handed political message or the “biblical” tone.  For those who had been required to read it in school years ago, most commented that this later reading made a much bigger impression.  One reader said she thought every current member of Congress should  be required to read this book for its powerful messages about the environment, economic choices and the impact of hardship on families.  Personally, I enjoy Steinbeck’s writing skill, from the dialect to the humor, the scenic sweep to the human detail.  -KT

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