Hells to the yeah. Laura at Devouring Texts is hosting an October Readalong of The Grapes of Wrath, which I never got around to re-reading this summer because of, you know, things. You still have time to join! The next posting is October 9th, which will be about chapters one through eleven. Here is the complete schedule.
I have already read The Grapes of Wrath, but not since high school where my very high school brain grasped the mental image of the last paragraph and sort of never let go. So that's all I really remember. I'll admit, it's sort of prevented me from reading it in the following years because it felt super melodramatic, but I was 16 and in my cynical blase everything was melodramatic (except, ironically, Dashboard Confessional. Uh-huh.)
But Steinbeck! I still love him so. THERE IS NO MORE HEARTBREAKING THING IN THE WORLD THAN THE RED PONY.
And while I had some quibbles with East of Eden when I read it, the farther I get from it the more I think it was maybe one of the best novels ever written. Maybe the best one, after Anna Karenina.
Also it bears noting that I found a LOVELY Everyman's Library cloth-bound hardcover copy of The Grapes of Wrath at a thrift store for $1 last week. Obviously, Jesus wants me to read it right now. I OBEY. But I would join even if this purty edition had not just entered my life.