May 19, 2021BARosen1112 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
John Steinbeck's classic that first brought him commercial fame is an episodic novel that seems to take pride in invoking every bigoted stereotype he can squeeze into 210 pages. The novel takes place in the "paisano" section of Monteray,…Read moreRead more of this comment
The flatness of the tone of the narrator makes the homeless criminal winos not lovable for all that, but utterly ridiculous. The structure of the novella is also rather stiff, each chapter can pretty much stand on its own as a story, and…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 20, 2019mcbella78 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
The obviously poor choices made at the beginning of the novel by Danny and his friends makes us so easily quick to judge them while reading. But when we begin to see them make small positive changes, we can't help but reflect back upon…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jun 26, 2014msvelde rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
There is so much heart in this novel that one can appreciate it without following all the Knights of the Round Table references. No Holy Grail quest here, though, except for friendship. The end is heart-wrenching.
Dec 28, 2013keithwi rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
I cannot believe this won anyone an award. If more readers wasted their time reading this rubbish, there wouldn't be a need for awards. A bum inherits two houses and his drunken associates make the Simpsons seem intelligent.
May 14, 2011ParkRidgeRS rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Our evening book discussion described Steinbeck’s novel as fun, whimsical, and a combination of humor plus emotion. While it was apparent by the number of stars given that, overall, people enjoyable the book, it did receive a few mixed…Read moreRead more of this comment