Perhaps I was distracted. Perhaps the abridged version does not provide a good Proust experience. Perhaps I will revisit in the future.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Gardens and porches and books lead to discussion and discussion leads to conflict and conflict leads to unhappiness. Manage unhappiness and keep the populace controlled.
It’s not ‘every man is created equal’ but ‘we will create equal men’ – via lowbrow humor, acceptable youth violence, and self medication.
An ending with an ironic cleansing fire that destroys many of the ‘books’ that remain.
Steinbeck’s prose carries the cadence of religion, like a missing verse from Genesis. God created California. And it was Good. It is a comforting choice in a story filled with uncertainty, fear, and anger. Also unique are the sections between chapters where the POV that is normally focused on the Joads goes omniscient and we see past, present, and future events through impartial eyes.
The ending was odd – like being beat on the head with a religious ax handle.