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    • By lunababymoonchild
      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.
       
      Recommended.
    • By lunababymoonchild
      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.
       
      Recommended.
    • By lunababymoonchild
      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.
       
      Recommended
    • By Dan
      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.
    • 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!
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