RARA-AVIS: Grapes of Wrath

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 08 Oct 2006

Finished The Grapes of Wrath yesterday. I've wanted to read it for years. For my tastes, it could have been shortened a hundred pages or more without detracting from the story. I thought the generic chapters could have been left out altogether. The implication seemed to be that the story itself was incapable of carrying the meaning, which was not true. They reminded me of the whaling essays that Melville sandwiched into Moby Dick.

It was still a spectacular story. Wonderful characters. No doubt in my mind as to the Marxist intent. No ambiguity there. Much better done than the didactic rhetoric in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, and at least as good as Dos Passos's first in his trilogy.


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