I first read this book as a high school teacher because I “had” to teach it, but I fell in love with it, its poetry, the solidity of the story, the politics, the dignity of the Joads, the fact that it felt so current. Currently, I teach in a correctional facility, and one of my students, a 48 year old convicted felon, read Of Mice and Men for my class, and he really liked it. He asked if I had any more Steinbeck, so I gave him a copy of TGOW. He has really been enjoying it. Many of your comments make me want to reread TGOW along with all here and with my student. I may even allow him to read the comments section, as long as it’s cleared by my administrator. Great discussion.
Our first Grapes of Wrath book club meeting took place one week ago today, in the midst of a late-winter snow storm here in Washington, D.C.
There was a lot of GREAT conversation about the first 10 chapters of the book. But one of our favorite comments came in after the discussion had mostly wrapped up — a commenter named “Kru sty” said our conversation might make its way into a correctional facility. (Wow!)
Some of our favorite conversation threads:
- The one started by a gardener, married to a botanist, about the role the soil plays in the story
- Marc Hirsch’s mind-blowing connection between Grapes of Wrath and the Beach Boys.
- The thread where Scout11 taught us the word “intercalary,” and sparked discussion about whether those inserted chapters were inspired or irritating.
And finally, we’d like to second LaurenHejnaWolcott:
The second 10 chapters are simply amazing. No spoilers. Just looking forward to our next discussion.
Us, too! We hope you can join us for our next meeting on March 24, at 3 p.m., EST, on Monkey See. We’ll be discussing Chapters 11 through 20.