The description and dialogue are pretty decent, but the book is really, really slow. You deserve an award if you can finish it.
Pacing... it just really dragged. You can tell that Steinbeck had trouble finishing it.
Spoiler alert!The main character finding out his brother had cut the roots off the tree. Outside of that, everything else was predictable.
I'm not sure outside of scrapping it completely. It needs to be about 1/4 of its current size. There is just so much unnecessary content between the conflict. You are constantly wondering when it will pick up again.
If this didn't have John Steinbeck's name on it, it would have an average score of 1-2.
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