John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, U.S.A, 1939


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This is an interesting book dealing with the plight of poor folks from Oklahoma who fall upon hard times during the Dust Bowl era. The particular focus is on the Joad family. One of the family members, Tom Joad has recently been released from prison. The story follows the family as they travel to California in search of work so they can survive the hard economic realities. Members of the family die during the journey. The book is of interest to me as it shows the tough times faced by people during the depression. It also shows an unsympathetic side of humanity based on the portrayal of the rich people who own the farms and orchards in California.