I’m doing a quick, one paragraph review of novels I read this year – so I’ve got a record, apart from anything else.
Like a roller coaster, the first bit was a bit flat, but when it started picking up speed… I haven’t had a *physical* reaction to a novel like this in a long time – my heart beat faster, my stomach churned, and I swore aloud on the bus. The story of the Joad families’ trip from Oklahoma to California to find work in the depression era is gritty, bleak and graphic. Again, like a roller coaster – just when you think everything’s going to be alright, that’s usually when things turn to shit just that little bit faster. Beautifully written, with characters you want to take home for a BBQ and a bath. Highly recommended.