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Discussion of The Grapes of Wrath

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How do you rate Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck?

1 star - poor, recommend against reading it
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No votes
2 stars - okay, fair
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No votes
3 stars - good, recommend it
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40%
4 stars - excellent, amazing
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60%
 
Total votes: 5

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Discussion of The Grapes of Wrath

Post by Scott » March 2nd, 2012, 1:39 am

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.
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Re: Discussion of The Grapes of Wrath

Post by Xris » March 2nd, 2012, 1:03 pm

Over half a century since I read it Scott but it is one of those novels that can shape your life's opinions. It not only vividly tells of how hard those times were, the resilience of man but also the cruelty of the capitalist system. I must try and read it again. Thanks for reminding me xris.

-- Updated Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:31 pm to add the following --

I am really surprised that no one else has replied to possible the most important literary comments about one of Americas most social deprived periods. Come on folks it requires your input.

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