Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Grapes of Wrath Book Review

Post by Dylan

The Grapes of Wrath was one of the classics that I had to read for school.  Because it is a classic, I figured that it would be a good book to review on The Writing Bug. So, here goes.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is a novel about a family in Oklahoma, The Joads, during the 1930’s. The book follows their various trials and tribulations as they travel to, and arrive at, California. The book itself was much better than the previous novel I read by Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, and had much more substance. However, since I am a hard critic on the classics I was a hard one to please.

Most of my problems with The Grapes of Wrath had to do with its plot. The story itself was very episodic in how it was written, and that really bugged me. Each chapter would have a little mini-climax and then, and while that was fun for a while, it quickly got old. The fact that the novel itself failed to have a true climax did not help the fact either. One of my biggest pet peeves as a reader is when a story is anti climactic. The Grapes of Wrath was probably one of the biggest offenders of this that I have seen to date.

There was a saving grace though, the characters. The Joads and company were a very broad bunch of characters, which always made the story enjoyable. They each had their own perspectives on life, liberty, and, as it would have it their own pursuit of happiness. Steinbeck also has a very deft hand when it comes to character development as a whole. Overall, the novel was enjoyable, for the most party. While I probably would not read it of my own accord, it was one of the better classics I have read so far.

If you've read The Grapes of Wrath, please share your thoughts.


Patricia Stoltey said...

The Grapes of Wrath reads like life happens, I think. There are mini-resolutions to small crises, but the burdens and the cycle of good/bad goes on and on. Steinbeck wrote the truth of the times.

patti.mallett_pp said...

I read this a couple of years ago, since I couldn't ever remember reading it in school. It is the type of book I usually have trouble getting through - but it was hauntingly realistic. The guts of these people, to keep on going with all they had to put up with, kept me reading. Many of the scenes are still vivid today.

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