review-thegrapesofwrath

The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939.

Every time I finish a book I need to review it. This is my review of The Grapes of Wrath. I choose to read the book because I was feeling frustrated and it had the word wrath in the title.

At 464 it wasn't a long read and I was able to understand the majority of the structure of the book. The conversation style of the characters was very South American accent - certainly a change from the more English and formal conversations that the majority of the novels I read have. It's not annoying though, I am able to translate it to proper English - along with having the characters talk in this Southern accent in my head.

The novel followed the Joad family as they travel from their home in Oklahoma to California. Chapters are split with a narrative of overall picture of those that are leaving their homes in search for a better life. There were also glimpses of other characters that were not part of the Joad family travels. This reminds me of the style of War and Peace - which switches between characters conversations in their homes and the overall of the war.

Despite the hard times faced I found areas of the book humorous. Flushing toilets were a new experience for members of the Joads family when they were living in the camps and were surprised and frightened by them. It's something that you don't even consider today - but as I get older new inventions and experiences.

John Steinbeck was an excellent writer and I am looking forward to reading more of his novels. I started Of Mice and Men which follows similar themes to The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath is required reading in many American schools. I can understand why - it is a realist look at what it was like to live in American during the great depression. Students would learn and understand how lucky they are to live in this world.

Ideas with banks and foreclosure is also relevant today with the late-2000s housing crisis.