John Steinbeck
Penguin Books, New York, 2012; originally published 1952, English
ISBN: 9780142000656
On 2 book lists
Hartmut Esslinger

Having lived for 15 years next to Steinbeck’s house in Los Gatos, California, this book is a “natural” for me. Driving from Salinas to Monterey in heavy fog makes the story come alive. The movie with James Dean helps, too. The book also resonates as I grew up on a farm in a tiny village.

Galia Solomonoff

The sense of the beginning of the 20th century and the American shift from east to west, the bond between men, father, sons, servants, friends, and principally brothers. I love how intricate the dialogues among these male characters are, especially between Samuel Hamilton and Lee, knowledgeable immigrants who unite beyond class or race through books and dignified speech.

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