The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is acclaimed as one of the greatest novels ever written. Taking place during the great depression, the Joad family is forced to leave the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma in search of work elsewhere. when they are forced off the farm where they work and live.
A very touching, heartfelt piece, Steinbeck does an excellent job of involving the reader in the plight of the cast of characters. From Tom, who has just been released from prison for killing a man in a fight to Rose of Sharon who is pregnant during this trying time, each character has their own issues they are dealing with on top of the fact that they are struggling every single day to find enough work to afford food. This classic novel certainly puts many things into perspective for the reader.
While the overall story is emotional, Steinbeck’s poetic writing throughout can be a bit dull and lacking in action. However, if you can get past these sections it is well worth it. The ending is quite gripping and a bit of a surprise. The best part of the story may be that Steinbeck does not wrap up the tale with a happy ending but allows the reader to imagine on their own how the journey of the Joads may have ended.