Review: Cannery RowPosted on Sunday, October 16, 2016 by Douglas Wilson - 10 comments Sharing Options Cannery Row by John Steinbeck My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great writing, coupled with a great deal of lost. View all my reviews
Lost what? Or that the writer was lost?
Every character in the book is lost.
Even the frogs?????
Ever read P.D. James? Every character is lost except for the most humble and insignificant one over in the corner. That character turns out to be the light of the whole book. Downside: she really likes the word “autumnal”.
Oh wait……,I am thinking of P. D. Eastman,
And the classic,
Go Dog Go!
Now it is day. The sun is up. Now is the time for all dogs to get up.
There’s a good deal of “found” in the sequel, Sweet Thursday.
It is indeed an excellent book, and at the same time a very sad picture of people.
An excellent summary, pretty much covering everything, succinctly.
When I re-read it several years ago, I was struck by one passage where Mack, on behalf of himself and his boys, offered to stay in one of Lee Chong’s outbuildings–suggesting that their presence would provide protection that Lee Chong would otherwise not have. The ensuing description of Lee Chong’s on-the-spot mental analysis and calculus regarding the offer is captivating and brilliant. One of the most memorable narratives I’ve ever come across.