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The story revolves around a group of boys who inhabit a vacant lot down the Row in the district of Monterey, California. It tells the tale of the people in that part of the world and how their everyday life is constantly invaded by different subplots of violence, cruelty, murders and so on. It is considered to be one of the top John Steinbeck books.
Read it for
The attempt to capture an unconventional rustic lifestyle in the sidelines of America.
Don't read it for
It does not have much of a plot.