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Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck was a perfect antidote to the heaviness and heavy lifting of Faulkner and the mean spirited jaundice of John Fante. This is a sweet, clever, fun and funny book which looks for the oft hidden nobility in people, while gently poking fun at the inherent absurdities of life.

The storyline is a continuation of Cannery Row. Doc is back from the war but feeling an unaccustomed emptiness, which the other denizens of Cannery Row try to help him fill. He tries to remedy it with scientific study, but it turns out what he really needs is a girl.

This is actually a very literate and philosophical romantic comedy, though there is never any real doubt as to the outcome. I love the characters and Steinbeck's writing and couldn't care less that the plot is ridiculous. In these Monterey novels Steinbeck just makes me feel better about life and my fellow man.

Tempting to say only 3.5 stars because the bar was so low, but dangit, I loved the experience of reading this book and I'm giving it 4stars.

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Everything Steinbeck wrote is gold, Momac, but Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, and Sweet Thursday are lighter hearted than a lot of the rest. I had read Tortilla and Cannery before and loved them. This is the first time for Sweet Thursday. They combined Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday when they made the movie Cannery Row back in '82 with Nick Nolte and Debra Winger

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