Book Review / In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars Page Count: 355 Date Finished: September 6, 2017   In Dubious Battle is a solid book. It's Steinbeck's first full-length novel considering the others up to this point are more like novellas. What I enjoyed about this one is that Steinbeck's straightforward storytelling ability shines through. He doesn't do …

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Book Review / Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

My Rating: 3 of 5  Page Count: 208 Date Finished: August 20, 2017     Tortilla Flat is recognized as Steinbeck's first critical and commercial success and rightfully so. It's the best that I've encountered since starting at the beginning of his collection. The story follows a group of friends, made up mostly of thieves …

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Book Review / Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Page Count: 309 Date Finished: August 18, 2017   This one is rough to say the least. It's even more painful knowing that the novel is semi-autobiographical. Allison's first novel, published in 1992, is set in Greenville, South Carolina sometime during the 1950's. Though set in the 50's, the …

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Book Review / To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck

My rating: 2 of 5 Stars Page Count: 240 Date Finished: August 17, 2017 To A God Unknown, published in 1933, is Steinbeck's second full-length novel and took almost 5 years to complete. It's interesting to think that Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden took him less time, while this one is so short in …

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Book Review / Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars Page Count: 624 Date Finished: August 10, 2017   I try not to put much stock in Goodreads ratings as they are usually skewed one way or another and though I'm not surprised, it's a little disappointing that Moby-Dick has an average rating of 3.46. This book is unbelievable. …

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Book Review / The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars Page Count: 201 Date Finished: July 22, 2017   This right here is more like the Steinbeck I know and love. The Pastures of Heaven was likely the world's first encounter with how strong his social narrative could be in respect to small town people. The Pastures of Heaven, …

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