|Nomadic SA Chick||
Page Count: 496
Fiction Genre: Classics, Historical, American Lit.
Dates Read: September 26-October 3, 2015
Young Tom Joad was just released from prison. He killed a man in a fight. His time has been served, and now he has probation. He returns home to find that his family has been forced out their home because their farm is no longer making money. Knowing that he is breaking his probation, Tom decides to travel from Oklahoma to California with his family in hopes that they will find jobs and a way to survive. Set during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.
This book is amazing! I understand why it is a classic and why people still talk about it. It's gritty and emotional. You feel a connection with all of the characters, and fall in love with Young Tom Joad. To clique it, Tom is a bad boy with a golden heart. Steinbeck does nothing special to cover up the crime in Tom's past, but makes it a part of who he is and how that has changed him. He will do anything for the survival and betterment of his family.
Admittedly, I enjoyed the moves more than the book, but I blame Henry Fonda for that. Both mediums are great. I liked that the book gave you both Young Tom's perspective as well as a general narrative perspective (a way to fill in the holes from Tom POV while he was separated from his family).
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 8
Pace - 6
Plot Development - 7
Characters - 9
Enjoyability - 10
Insightfulness - 9
Ease of Reading - 9
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars