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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?

Seriously, why is this so famous?
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Added by gvandyk1
9 years ago on 16 April 2008 17:58


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Posted: 9 years, 2 months ago at Apr 18 12:18
I've read most of the biggest writers and enjoy most of them... and yet I can't seem to get through a Steinbeck novel. I've tried to read Red Pony, Mice & Men and Grapes of Wrath, and find myself making excuses not to read. I rarely give up on a book, even if it's bad. I agree with you on Steinbeck, I just don't get it.

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