A fine, great, quick read about the seemingly simple lives of the seemingly simple folks living in Cannery Row. Steinbeck's way with words lends itself to making it easy on your ear, hearing the stories of Mack & the boys, as much as you hate them for all that they represent, you can't help but love them in the end.
Steinbeck takes all his characters and makes them as flawed as he possibly can, yet somehow, just like you can tell your own son not to wreck the family car, then watch him do it, you shake your head and still love him. Thus is Steinbeck's talent. Take the day to kick up your heels and read this story for the adventure it is, then take the month to think about what you've really read.
I thought all of Steinbecks books were real serious like "Grapes of Wrath" and boy was I wrong. This book is so funny and delightful! I found out he wrote several funny books. The people in this book are so real and charming. I really loved this book!
After East of Eden, this is my favorite Steinbeck novel. Set in Montery, CA, in a blue collar community, the character development is rich and colorful, their stories for the most part, upbeat and realistic. You care about each character because they ARE so normal and realatable. A literary masterpiece of simplicity in storytelling.
This story is one of Steinbeck's classics. He weaves a story of humor and melancholy amidst a group of misfits on the docks. The book is short, and it's amazing how Steinbeck can paint such vivid pictures and detailed situations with so few words.
I've read this book at three different times in my life - high school, as a young newlywed, and as a mom with two teenage kids. Each time I take away something different. Steinbeck truly writes for all of us. The character of Doc is my favorite - brilliant, driven, but deeply flawed. Who among us doesn't carry varied pieces of the same life?