Besides being the great American epic about the Joads, "The Grapes of Wrath" is also a social and political novel that caused an enormous uproar at the time of its publication. Whatever you think, about politics, economics, or literature, this book is worth your time.
When I read this in high school I thought it was the dullest read ever. I tried again last year (now in my 30s), and passages literally brought me to tears. Steinbeck switches every other chapter -- first sharing the story of the Joad family, forced off their farm during the great depression only to become migrants, literally living day to day hoping to survive, and the abstract chapters that examine wealth, work, and reason in the USA (and how these affect the different classes of people in "the land of opportunity"). I loved the back and forth. The abstract chapters read like poetry and then you are snapped back to "reality" (the reality Steinbeck has expertly crafted for you), with all of the Joad's familial dynamics and dramas and their collective strength of will. I couldn't suggest a book more highly.
Very good and powerful novel about one families struggle to survive the depression. Very dramatic and very good read. Recommended to all.
This book follows one family, the Joads, as they leave their farm during the Dust Bowl of the 1930's and drive west for the promise of work in California.
This is such a great piece of literature. I felt accomplished after completing it and really enjoyed the experience.
it is beautifully brilliant