Please use this topic to discuss the March 2012 book of the month, Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
How do you like the book? What do you think of the social and political commentary of the book? How does it match with your philosophy?
At times the story drags a little, particularly in the first half, in my opinion. However, overall I really love this book and Steinbeck's writing. Philosophically, I think this book provides insight into the need for certain forms of collectivization as well as to the reasons why peoples fail to meet that need. The ending is unsatisfying to me but I think that is actually fitting for the story. A more traditional happy ending or even a more plainly tragic one would ruin the story, I think. I find the ending eerily hopeful and optimistic despite the conditions that lead to it.
Do you think the book provides an historically accurate portrayal of depression times in the USA? I do, but I didn't live through those times.