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What's your favourite Steinbeck?

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PleaseTieMyBow Sat 04-Mar-17 16:21:18

I've read Of Mice and Men and Travels with Charley.
Dd has several on her bookshelf (but she's not here so can't ask her opinion).
So wondered, which would you recommend?

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summerholsdreamin Sat 04-Mar-17 16:26:31

Grapes of Wrath every time. I had the most amazing English teacher who ignited my passion for Steinbeck but GoW has always been my favourite

VittysCardigan Sat 04-Mar-17 16:29:28

I loved OMAM and GOW. I also enjoyed East of Eden

Snowjive Sat 04-Mar-17 16:32:40

GOW is my favourite book of all time. On Cannery Row also good.

lljkk Sat 04-Mar-17 16:49:29

I seem to recall GoW takes about 30 pages to get into it & then you're completely hooked.

Of M&Men is an easier read (mostly).
The novelas are nice, too.

summerholsdreamin Sat 04-Mar-17 17:50:27

GoW is harrowing but has the most incredible characterisation.

cheeseoverchocolate Sat 04-Mar-17 18:18:18

East of Eden

PleaseTieMyBow Sat 04-Mar-17 21:40:05

Thank you all. Think I'll give Grapes of Wrath a go

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BestIsWest Sat 04-Mar-17 21:52:02

Be prepared. It is a fantastic book but devastating. It had a massive impact on me as a teenager. Definitely one of my all time top 10.

WorrisomeHeart Sat 04-Mar-17 21:53:37

Winter of Discontent is great too. My fave is Travels with Charley though, love the vignettes of America.

Zampa Sat 04-Mar-17 21:55:38

Cannery Row is amazingly wonderful.

Brilliant description of an octopus fighting a crab.

There's more to it than that, obviously, but that section really stayed with me!

mmack Sun 05-Mar-17 00:02:53

East of Eden is my favourite but I love Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday as well. I only read the Grapes of Wrath once and that was 30 years ago so I might reread it this year.

PurpleAlerts Sun 05-Mar-17 00:04:59

Grapes of Wrath- once you can get past the first few chapters it's amazing.

BakeOffBiscuits Sun 05-Mar-17 00:07:05

How old is she? GOW is one of my desert island books but it is pretty harrowing.

Bolshybookworm Sun 05-Mar-17 07:14:42

East of Eden- it's my favourite book. Such a rich story and the characters are wonderful.
Another favourite is Pastures of Heaven, a set of interconnecting short stories set around a rural community.

mummytime Sun 05-Mar-17 07:38:33

Cannery Row, lots of brilliantly awful pictures of how people were living during their he depression. My most memorable is the wife who just wanted Curtains.

badhotfanny Sun 05-Mar-17 08:04:38

The red pony.

MiddlingMum Sun 05-Mar-17 11:39:02

The Grapes of Wrath. It would be in my top five books ever. I read it about once a year. Harrowing but incredible. Without wanting to spoil anything, there are two or three moments when you really need a box of tissues handy.

Cannery Row is also very good, and I've really enjoyed The Wayward Bus although it's not as "heavy" as some.

Pinkkahori Sun 05-Mar-17 11:43:29

Pastures of Heaven - amazing stories.
East of Eden is perhaps my favourite book ever.

Persemillion Sun 05-Mar-17 17:20:13

Grapes of Wrath, because Ma is one of my favourite characters in literature.

ImperialBlether Sun 05-Mar-17 17:22:15

Grapes of Wrath for me, too. Incredible book.

MiddlingMum Sun 05-Mar-17 17:27:27

Persemillion Ma is one of my favourite characters, too. That part where they're crossing something and she does (or doesn't) do something is amazing and thought provoking. One of the most memorable scenes in the whole of literature.

Hope you know the bit I mean, I'm trying to be cryptic for the benefit of Please and anyone else who hasn't read it.

Persemillion Mon 06-Mar-17 14:03:05


I know what you mean and totally agree. I love how strong women are predominant in his books.

lilywillywoo Mon 06-Mar-17 16:23:40

Love Grapes of Wrath

Clawdy Sun 12-Mar-17 22:49:15

Has to be East of Eden. One of those books that stays with you forever.

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