Defending Steinbeck & Hemingway
Posted by Steinbeck and Hemingway on October 04, 1998 at 01:32:52:
In response to Steinbeck, written by Patricia R. on October 02, 1998 at 19:44:43
Ooooohhh, vicious! To each his own, I suppose. But for myself, I find both of these gentlemen to have written the finest literature of our century, in both content and prose. Aside from entertainment and intellectual value, any modern writer can benefit from even an hour read.
If you have not read Hemmingway, you have probably done yourself a great disservice. Try A Farewell to Arms and the Sun Also Rises. These are his best in my opinion. For Whom the Bell Tolls is admittedly a little boring.
As for Steinbeck, if you feel you've read them all, don't forget Travels with Charlie, one of his least known books. Steinbeck wrote this in the latter years of his life and so it shows a side of him that might surprise you.
As far as boring, Jane Austen tortured me to tears when I first read her books. Familiarity has won me over.
] ] But my strongest dislike is for all those American realism writers like Steinbeck. Please, please, reading these books is like torture. The Red Pony, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men. Help!!! Hemingway? .
] I agree. I absolutely hate Steinbeck, The Pearl almost killed me. I tried to read The Grapes of Wrath, I'm on page 1, ditto for Cannery Row.
] I surprised myself, it's my third try for East of Eden and I got to page 200.
] I haven't read any Hemingway.
] As far as boredom goes, although I liked The Picture of Dorian Gray there are about 20 pages in the middle of the book that I had the hardest time reading
- To Reads Patricia R. 13:59:06 10/04/98 (1)
- Excellent choices but don't forget the Kleenex! (nfm) Patricia Bingham 00:19:03 10/05/98 (0)
- uhm... Patricia Bingham 01:38:24 10/04/98 (0)
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