A long book, yes, but only because it tells such a wonderful life and in such incredible detail.
Still, if you are a fan of John Steinbeck and his works, I would highly recommend this book to you as a companion to all of Steinbeck's written works.
It's a tale of an engaging life told in engaging language that grabs your attention and keeps you thoroughly engaged to the end.
I purchased this book many years ago and started reading it after a trip to the John Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, CA. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C.P.M.
This is a good book that thoroughly examines Steinbeck's life, and when I finish it, I have a great door stop....Published 12 months ago by T. McGee
The book is perhaps the finest and most detailed biography ever. Knowing Steinbeck's books is a wonderful thing, but knowing Steinbeck's life - in detail - thanks to Benson - is a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard Cassidy
I read this after visit to the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas. It was thourough and presented in a readable manner. I would recommend it to anyone interested in John Steinbeck. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Suzanne M Smith
I am loving this book. Even though I'm only on page 333, out of over a generous thousand, this book has already grabbed me in so many ways. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Steven Vlasak
One of the best. The size of this book was quite intimidating, but once I started it I became completely engrossed in it. There is only an occasional bit of bias by the writer. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by EJR
This is the one. Stop looking. I've read them all. You learn to trust Benson's judgement very quickly. He probably isn't perfect. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Joel Geyer
One of the most important Spanish journalist told me: 'If you would like to be a good writer, you must read this book. Read morePublished on October 13, 2008 by R. Salvador Torres López
The man was contradiction personified: during his university time he started his interest in science, attended zoology classes, dissecting animals, and he also wrote stories full... Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by H. Schneider