30 Day Book Challenge – Day 6

Today’s prompt: A book that makes you sad

Actually, every book by Steinbeck that I’ve read makes me sad, but The Grapes of Wrath had me crying and there’s not very many books that can bring me to tears. Why did it make me sad? Because, even though it’s fiction, it’s based on a historical event and its main characters, the Joad family, are realistic people. When I read about something that did happen or could happen, it becomes quite tangible to me. The detail in the book is a reminder that yes, the Great Depression is not as far in the past as it seems and could very well happen again. Even today, people all over the world are starving and a lot of our food supply and other resources are wasted. The book is like a reality check. Unlike a lot of other classic books, this one is written in a style that’s straightforward, but beautiful in its simplicity.

I would recommend this if you want to read something that might make you cry, but will more likely make you ponder the state of America as it was then and as it is now.

7 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 6

  1. Wonderful summary, Maggie.

    Watching fictional characters struggle reminds us of the struggles we face in the real world.

    I don’t just cry for the humans. I cry for all species. The world is a wonderful place . . . but it can also be a very hard place at times.


  2. And with this post you have reminded me that I NEED to read this book.
    Thanks to you it has moved a little higher on my list.
    : )


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