It is easy to see why this is a classic. The story development and the beautiful description of feelings and the environment throughout cannot be topped.
The only reason for 4 stars is because it is depressing to me. I cannot believe we had such a terrible time in our history. We still have some form of those times, but not to such a debilitating degree.
But the family is a strong one and a very supportive one of each other. No one can match the mother! The normal development of their lives, along with their hopes and wishes is superbly told.
I am very glad I finally "read" this book.
I must say the reader is also superb! His different voices are ideal. He is clear with a nice pace and deep feeling for each character. He was the perfect choice.
Each character had its own voice and personality, perfected. I never finished the book for class, we even saw the movie which I enjoyed as well but the narration here was unmatchable. When it got to the end I re-started the book again.
I've already recommended it to several. If not for the story, I recommend this book just for the beautiful pictures that Steinbeck paints with his words.
Jim Casy is my hero. "Preaching is telling folks. I'm asking them."
Baker does a wonderful job giving life and personality to the characters, and his timing was spot on.
Without spoiling critical plot development, I can't mention particular moments, but there were several parts of this book that had me in tears on the road,
I certainly plan on adding more Steinbeck to my library, and as a result, I look forward to traveling for work.
I recommend this book whole heartedly.
It will have you laughing and crying.
The narrative is excellent and the writing couldn't be better. I wish there was a sequel.
One of the greatest works of American literature has been brought to life by a phenomenal narrator. I was actually sad when it ended because I enjoyed the telling so much.