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There is not a single reader in the world who has not heard a reference to the title of this book from the Shakespearean play. Following the life of a fallen aristocrat and his family, the novel describes the struggles of the characters to get used to their new surroundings and fall from luxury.
What makes this book stand out?
The honest description of the condition of Aristocracy.
Read it for
Steinbeck follows a tenuous line between private and public honesty. It is heralded for the immense reflection of American psyche of that time that it provides.
Don't read it for
There have been many copies of the theme of fall from aristocracy as it was so common after the 1st World War. This makes the main story something that we have read since.