The Grapes of Wrath

Nathanael Yellis By Nathanael Yellis • Last Updated May 18, 2021

My theory, emerging during this 50 in 2014 project, is: Great literature both motivates you to read and makes you think for a long time afterwards.

I used to think great books had to be enjoyable. But this one is great and wasn't.

It was painful.

Painful because these people's lives were.

Painful because you know the ending before you start.

Painful because there's beauty alongside suffering.

Like life.

The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is a wonderful book about terrible, terrible things. Steinbeck does a commendable job of turning "migrants" or "agricultural workers", dehumanizing words for people, and bring their souls to life.


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