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Set in the Great Depression of 1929, it follows the life of a family of sharecroppers. Dust Storms from the Dirty Thirties and the Dust Bowls drive the family from their land. The story follows the old style of their journey to the promised land of California and the distinction between the haves and the have-nots. It is one of the best John Steinbeck bestsellers as well and got him his Pulitzer.
What makes this book stand out?
It stands alone for probing the depths of the Great Depression and how it affected the different classes.
Read it for
The strength of the characters, with the man's reaction and anger to injustice, while his wife bears stoically the obstacles, the novel describes the terror of the Great Depression.
Don't read it for
According to some critics, it is too sympathetic to the working class and too critical of capitalism.