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.
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.
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).
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.
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. :-)
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.