Re: RARA-AVIS: Grapes of Wrath

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 08 Oct 2006

And as a teenager, I was shocked, shocked! by the ending. A great book that I'd reread if there weren't so many other books I haven't yet read once. Joy

Michael Robison wrote:
> 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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