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I write this post because it has been a long time I haven’t read his another title. So, I kind of missing reading his books then I think of writing these five reasons why he remains my most favorite writer after a number of novels from other novelists that I have read, too:
Common people, the poor are the kings in his masterpiece His magical words put the poor, the struggling laborers truly have their say. He is the first author from whom I learn much to see the big, valuable voice in those unheard men. My most favorite example are George Milton and Lennie Small in “Of Mice and Men” (1937). Also, the Joad family in “The Grapes of Wrath” (1939). All the characters have one thing in common: survival. I think they can represent the society at that time: the dying American Dream in “Of Mice and Men” and the Great Depression in “The Grapes of Wrath.”
The straight-to-the-point language, third person narrative style Reading his books are a joy to my eyes given his straight-to-the-point language. Even if he is a master of storytelling I don’t find his language too wordy. He keeps on his direction when it comes to describe some places, people or events. I can say almost his novels don’t bore me. While third person narrative style is always my preference. The fact that he applies this method entertains me so much because I regard his voices are split into several characters within a book thus making me able to comprehend his stance in each and every character.
He loves writing dark comedy starring the outcasts If you have read “Tortilla Flat” and “The Cannery Row” I bet you’ve got my point. Laughing at the characters’ stupid actions or silly jokes while having a sense of pity for them is what I feel while reading the two. Despite the high humor doses, he inserts good critics regarding the characters. They both reflect the people who maintain their sanity in modern life. Their lives are great samples about those who stick at their given traits and won’t be consumed by materialism. As such, they are poor by intention. They know exactly that their lives are the path less taken.
I can always see the light at the end of the dark tunnel Even after reading more than 500 pages containing problems about poverty, moral crisis, religion mockery, and death, “The Grapes of Wrath” ends in a positive tone. Those who have read “Of Mice and Men” I think will agree with the finale of the book although I have to carry the sadness for quite some time. He lived far before the millennium yet I bet he foresees the world would be much cynical, skeptical than it has already been. I guess the books are best legacy he has left for readers from many generations to come. It’s not a matter of satisfying, happily live ever after endings, it’s more about hope.
Wisdom in the ‘East of Eden’ Although ‘East of Eden’ is a bit preachy I find the book as an exceptionally wise one that thoroughly examines every character’s personality. Reading the novel makes me understand the value of imperfection in human being. It’s the best book where I learn that in order to be a whole person we have to have big hearts in making peace with bitter facts that are against our wishes. The characterizations of Cal and Aron Trask are good samples to observe those values. Years after reading the book, the concept of thimsel ‘thou mayest’ still echoes in my mind, which it best describes the characters’ options to overcome sin in the book. I myself interprets the phrase as life is all about making choices.