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Great, but I wish it were longer,
This review is from: Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's the Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
Obscene in the Extreme was a natural for me. Steinbeck is my very favorite writer. I remember being shocked the first time I saw that image of farmers burning a copy of The Grapes of Wrath.
Obscene in the Extreme details Kern County's ban on The Grapes of Wrath. A book that was a lightning rod on its' publication. Praised as a masterpiece and banned in some rural locations for the coarse language it contained. Kern County used this same reasoning when banning the book, though it was obvious to all that it was the politics of the book that were the real problem.
The problem I had with the book is that it is either too short or casts too wide a net. Rick Wartzman uses the banning of The Grapes of Wrath to examine state and national politics of the time and it was a valid approach but too many names were thrown at me too quickly in the 280 or so pages the book ran.
The book is worth reading and there is a lot of fascinating details in it. But if you don't already know a bit about the political scene of the late thirties/early forties you may find yourself flailing a bit.
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Initial post: Jul 8, 2012 8:04:04 AM PDT
Philip Mahnken says:
A nice review, but 'flailing'? How about learning, maybe.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2012 8:34:46 AM PDT
James Seger says:
'Learning' would require more information than what was provided in the text. Like hearing a lecture in the middle of a course without having heard the earlier ones.
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