Becky’s Book Reviews hosted this mini-challenge, among many others. This is the first mini-challenge I have finished this year.
- East of Eden
- Tortilla Flat
This was very fun. I’m looking forward to other mini challenges and those I have yet to complete this year.
Title: Tortilla Flat
Author: John Steinbeck
Finished: March 19, 2009
One of Steinbeck’s earliest novels, before East of Eden, tells the story of a group of men who go against the grain of society in everything they do, drinking and playing in life after the war has ended but before prohibition begins.
This was a very interesting book, one I probably won’t read again. Unlike East of Eden, I never fully grasped or go into the story of these men and felt that most of the time it was jumping all over the place and never settled. I couldn’t come to understand the men or even get to know the characters very well. I was never pulled deeply into their lives or felt the sympathy that Steinbeck was trying to get.
It’s possible that this story was just so different from East of Eden, and too close after finishing that, that my expectations were high and I felt disappointed. On another note, it was a very quick read and I was glad I had that experience, but it wasn’t my favorite Steinbeck by far.
*Challenges: John Steinbeck Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge
It’s another week and I don’t think I got much accomplished. J. Kaye’s Book Blog is hosting this weekly even where we keep track of what we read last week and what we want to read this coming week. I’m going on a road trip this weekend so I should get in some great reading time.
Books Completed Last Week:
- Maus II by Art Speigelman
- Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
- Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Reading this Week:
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
- Fool by Christopher Moore