Rating: 5 / 5
THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck is a classic that stuck with me when I originally read it in school. When a friend recently suggested picking it back up, I was on board!
THE GRAPES OF WRATH follows the Joads, a family who must leave their Oklahoma farm during the Great Depression during the Dust Bowl migration in the 1930s. There is hope for a better life in California where there is work to be had on other peoples’ land. Following the family on their journey and through their time in California, it is soon apparent that their dreams of getting back on their feet is not what they hoped.
Having just read THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah which gives a woman’s perspective on a very similar story, I really enjoyed going back and revisiting this classic. This is a book that I’m adding to my very unofficial list of favorite classics. I was surprised at how quickly I was engrossed in the story of this family and their heartbreaking journey.
These characters are used to a hard life, working hard to make a living on their land, but now they have lost everything. They are forced to give up everything they know, live in squalor most of the time and work for less than livable wages. Essentials like school and food and respect are not even available.
I did a lot of this book on audio and I think the story really came across well in that format as well. I am very glad to have finally picked this one back up!