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Not the weak-sister. Not at all.
on January 2, 2017
Always thought to be the weak-sister sequel to "Cannery Row". Well, I don't think so. Read that one just before this one and this is just a better novel. Maybe "Cannery Row" is a greater achievement (maybe) but this is just a better novel. The plotting is better, there's more dramatic tension and, Lord knows, you care much more about the characters. Steinbeck scholars seem to look badly on anything he wrote that didn't have great angst and didn't feature poor helpless people living poor helpless lives. They seem to ignore the fact that he was extremely funny and, once in a while, could give us a novel that wasn't totally bleak. This is a masterful piece of writing and, boy, was Steinbeck a master. The boy could put words together. But perhaps the real reason this is a great novel is that there may be no better love letter to a dead friend, giving his story the ending it deserved, not the ending he got.