Dave's Pulitzer Reviews 1940 - 1949
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I read this on on a 10 day backpack in the high Sierra. I did not enjoy it as much as some of the other Steinbeck books. And what a grim story. Whew! What struck me about the book was how much Steinbeck knew about various things. For example changing out a con rod bearing. I have done a bearing replacemnt and he got it just right. He must have had some other jobs before becoming a writer, jobs where he got his hands dirty.

In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
Couldn't find.

Dragons Teeth by Upton Sinclair
Hmmm. Historical fiction. This is the story of a socialist playboy in 1930's Europe and Germany. This was a long book and it dragged in places. I haven't read much Sinclair, but it is obvious he is interested in politics and class struggle. By coincidence, the book's final scenes are of the Röhm Putsch (
Night of the Long Knives) which came up on Wikipedia only a few days after I finished the book. I am always interested to compare the real event to the fictional treatment of same.

Journey In the Dark by Martin Flavin
Couldn't find.

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
OK we are now into the war years. I liked this book immensely. It is not a long book so you could read it in a day. I guess I liked it because I could identify with the hero. Sometimes you want to do a good thing and it seems like the whole world working against you. This book would be on my top ten list. (Hmmm that is a good idea).

All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren
This was my third southern novel in a row (Gone With the Wind, The Yearling, then this). Whew, y'all! I did not see the recent movie, but the book was great. It is written in a very laconic style, possibly more to my taste that to others taste. As with several of the other books, this is really the story of a 'secondary' character to the nominal title role. It makes me interested to see what character Sean Penn played in the movie. I can't imagine him as Jack Burden.

Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
I read this while in Africa in 2008. Michener's first novel, loosely based on his experiences in the navy in W.W.II. It is a series of linked short stories. I actually like Michener's later works (Hawaii, Space, etc.) more, and believe they are better written. But I do wish he would limit himself to 1000 pages or less. :-)

Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
The late 40s. A very contemporary story. It is about an Army Air unit in Florida. Like Advise and Consent (later in the list, I got out of order), it goes into the minutiae of daily life, but does not stint on character development. It was a very readable book. If you like W.E.B. Griffin, or Harold Coyle, you will like this one.


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