The Grapes of Wrath

November 3, 2023

On My Shelf

Another book I inherited from my grandmother…
I had planned on doing this more often than I have, but things popped up that needed my attention. Other things became more important. It is what it is, can’t really do anything about it.

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck.

A disturbing book, but a good read at the same time.
464 pages
available on kindle, audiobook, and paperback on Amazon

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized
—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers. 
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

“First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.” (amazon)

“Rich fellas come up and they die
an’ their kids ain’t no good an’ they die out
but we keep a’comin’
we’re the people that live
they can’t wipe us out
they can’t lick us
we’ll go on forever, Pa,
’cause we’re the people”

~ Ma Joad

…a 1 and a half minute video

I have yet to watch this movie. I guess it’s another to add to my list.

Atlas Shrugged

~ Ayn Rand

I am about 1/3 of the way through the book – having just finished the first section. It was a slow go at first, but the story picked up and I am now thoroughly enjoying the book. I’m not going to get into a lot of detail…but I am getting there. I knew when I bought the book and actually started reading it, it would take me some time.

“What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can’t stand still. It must grow or perish.”

(internet image)

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