Thursday, October 30, 2008

Finally, The Grapes of Wrath Review

The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

My long awaited review...Ha ha!

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could.

I found it surprisingly engaging and beautiful. I know it's a classic, but I put off reading it because Steinbeck's wordy reputation precedes him, and not without reason.

As a writer, I found it fascinating how much a novel's style can change over time. An editor today would probably cut every other chapter since they veer from the main story to take a 'bigger picture' look at the implications of the Great Migration in the Dustbowl era. One whole chapter, for instance, is dedicated to a turtle's attempt to cross a highway.

And yet, the characters were sympathetic and real. The dialogue was perfect, and the ending was moving and unexpected. I'm so glad I didn't read this in high school, because I think the ending would have made me giggle immaturely, but instead it nearly made me cry.

It's a classic for a reason, and I highly recommend it.

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Lane said...

I've never read it. I will now:-)

So many books, so little time. x

JJ said...

It's on my TBR pile right now. I'll try and get onto it.

Angie said...

Lane and JJ, go forth and read it (but make sure you have a long attention span before you start). :)