I finished reading grapes of wrath few days ago and I am just not able to stop myself from writing about it. I am sure, most of you would have heard about or read the book. When I asked Kim (my bookclub mate) to lend me the book, I didn’t know exactly what was I going to read. While browsing through fiction at a book store I had stumbled on the book and something about its synopsis made me wanna read it. So I thought before buying, I will ask my book club mates whether any of them had a copy. Thankfully Kim did.
Wherever you search about it, it is called a masterpiece of John Steinback. Well, it is. It is one of the best books that I have ever come across. It has won Nobel Prize for Literature as well as Pulitzer.
A heart wrenching story, set in the great depression of the 30s, about a family called The Joads who are tractored off their land in Oklahoma and travel all the way to California in search of job like thousands of others. I should say in search of food and shelter actually. They have to sell literally everything they had so that they could put few dollars together to get a used truck and also save some saved for their travel.
The character of Ma Joad is one of the strongest female characters that I have ever come across. The way she holds the family together during all the tough times is fascinating and awe inspiring. I hope, as a mother and a wife, I am half as courageous as her in life! I loved the relationship between Ma Joad and her son Tom Joad. It tugs your heart and makes you cry.
I don’t prefer descriptive style of writing much. But here, I loved reading every bit of it. I loved the detailed paras, the way in which the author describes all the characters including children! There are chapters in between which keeps the readers posted about what is happening outside the Joads family.
Oh and the final scene! Its something you would never expect. I don’t know what to say about it. I wanted to cry but I couldn’t. It made me feel so heavy at heart,,, I can’t describe it.
Its amazing that the story written in 30s still holds true. Even today we can see how the rich manipulate and exploit the hunger of the poor. Even today, we can see the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer,,,,,,
Rating - 5/5