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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath
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6 years, 3 months ago at Apr 16 17:58
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I tried putting in the time on this and actually trudged through 100 pages (twice as far as I usually go with a book I'm not impressed with) but I just couldn't get into it.
I admit that Steinbeck has a literary style all his own and it's decent, but the characters seem flat; the dialogue is atrocious; and the reader's sympathy is constantly confused: who are we rooting for?

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The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. For it he won the annual National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for novels and it was cited prominently when he won the Nobel Prize in 1962.
Manufacturer: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Release date: 8 January 1939
ISBN-10 : 0142000663 | ISBN-13: 9780142000663
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Not convinced

“I tried putting in the time on this and actually trudged through 100 pages (twice as far as I usually go with a book I'm not impressed with) but I just couldn't get into it.

I admit that Steinbeck has a literary style all his own and it's decent, but the characters seem flat; the dialogue is atrocious; and the reader's sympathy is constantly confused: who are we rooting for?

Seriously, why is this so famous?

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