This is a short story about a boy growing up on a farm in America. Apparently I did not read it all in my copy.
Amazon summarizes it well : Young Jody Tiflin lives on his father's California ranch. He is thrilled when his father gives him a red pony, and later promises him the colt of a bay mare. Both these gifts bring joy to Jodi's life - but tragedy soon follows. As Jodi begins to learn the harsh lessons of life and death, he starts to understand what growing-up and becoming an adult really means.
As one would expect from Steinbeck the whole thing is superb. I'll read the rest of it someday.
A short novel.
From Amazon :
Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success.
Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship above money and possessions, so that when he suddenly inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new responsibilities, suddenly disappears...
Very well written it shows Steinbeck at his best.
This is either a short story or a novella - I've seen it referred to both - around 94 pages (my copy). I read it in two sittings.
The book is about a poor fisherman who finds a giant pearl and the aftermath. I thought I knew what would happen but I didn't. Superb writing and a great story with much in the way of poignancy, well worth reading.
I seem to reading a lot of John Steinbeck at the moment, his writing is so good I`m hooked.
This is my latest read.
Set in an unknown country which has been invaded, it deals with the population`s reaction and response to this.
It was published in 1942 and what I found very interesting was the reception it received in different countries. The Americans critics thought that Steinbeck made the invaders too human, while in most occupied European countries it was very well received with much secret printing taking place.
Prehaps the characterization is not as good as in say the Grapes of Wrath but I found this very readable and finished it in almost one sitting. I have to add it is not a long book, only 112 pages.
By My Friend Jack
Thanks to a recommendation from someone on the Reading FC site, I read this book a few weeks ago. Most enjoyable, although not the sort of thing I would usually try. I mentioned it to a colleague recently, who said that one of Steinbeck's books (I can't remember which ) was her all-time favourite.
Anyway, this is certainly a refreshing change from my usual diet of sci-fi, fantasy and biogs!