16 January 2009

the winter of our discontent - john steinbeck

john steinbeck || the winter of our discontent || 4.0/5.0

i love steinbeck. this is the last novel he finished before his death. i love the title, which actually comes from richard III, "now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York".

it wasn't my favorite of steinbeck's, but he's so good that i can't complain. it's his parting shot at the declining morality of small town life (and perhaps the 1960's united states in general); some critics have critisized the transparency of his message. for me, though, it was another chance to submerge myself in his beautiful use of language.

i'm rationing myself to one steinbeck novel per year. that doesn't mean i can't reread, though, so perhaps a revisit to east of eden is in order this year? i've read grapes of wrath and travels with charley each several times already, and just can't get enough. aren't favorite authors great?