I recently began reading the Great American Novel that is John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath". Although I am not too far into the book yet (try 50 pages), I already like what I have read, and I am now very much determined to finish this book. I have always found accounts of the Great Depression quite intriguing, and this one seems to be off to quite the unique start. Not only is Steinbeck's story whimsically and artfully told, it has captured my attention. I find myself looking forward to hear what happens next and looking back to discover more about Joad's past.
1-20 In the cornfields of Oklahoma dust fills the air. Farmers cover their faces with handkerchiefs and the kids stay inside instead of playing outside. Families try to block the cracks in the doors and window sills but the dust is so thin it still manages to creep in, accumulating throughout the house. However they are not solemn or downtrodden because the women know everything will be okay as long as the men stay “whole.”