I’ve pontificated on the ending of The Grapes of Wrath in the past. I’ve even been criticized for calling it “creepy” because art and all that.
If you haven’t read the novel, well, (SPOILER ALERT) it ends with a grown man breastfeeding from a woman he just met. He’s literally about to starve to death. So, yeah, quite an ending.
It’s good to know that I have company in being perplexed at The Grapes of Wrath‘s ending. In fact, comedian Louis CK had a few things to say about it in one of his standup routines. I watched this on HBO last week and couldn’t help but share with you guys.
Fair warning–this short clip is definitely NSFW. That’s “not safe for work” for the less than hip.
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You heard it here first. If you’re anti-spoiler, like my friend who got mad at me for ruining the ending to The Great Gatsby—nearly a century old—then you may hate this post.
If, on the other hand, you dive head first into the world of spoilers, then this post is just for you.
The catch here is that these spoilers are only one sentence long—so as not to give away great detail while helping you get the “essence” of the novel’s plot.
Also, these are mostly famous books, so hopefully you’ve read most of them anyway.
Parenting is hard work. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s a well-earned cliche.
Kids are pretty awesome, and they can even teach you a thing or two about reading, but they also have their moments. That’s why, if you want to be a parent, it’s important to make sure you are not a mental whack job.
Mental whack jobs who are parents usually produce kids who eventually become mental whack jobs themselves. This is not good.
Since fiction is often just a mirror of reality, there’s a lot to learn from literary parents, both good and whack jobbish.
Quite a bit, actually. Let’s take at some parenting tips I put together based on lessons I’ve learned from literary parents.
So, as you may know, Time Magazine chose not to rank the 100 All-Time novels when they created this list, but I thought I’d be a dove and help them out. So I rank each novel after I’m finished with it. I like to call these my totally meaningless and highly subjective rankings.
After every 5-6 books, I take a little time to explain why I ranked each book as I did. It’s my way of staying accountable to you and letting you rain down hate upon me in the comments section, if you so choose.
So, here’s how I ranked books 46 through 51:
I know I should be past The Grapes of Wrath now. I’ve reviewed it. I’ve previewed Atonement. And it’s time to move on.
But, today, I’ve got one more post.
While writing my review for The Grapes of Wrath, I was struck by how many quotable passages the book has. I’ve shared many of them with you throughout all of my posts about this novel.
Today, I thought I’d put them all in one easy to find place. If you ever need an insightful quote to put on Facebook or Twitter, then Steinbeck is your guy.
Here’s a sampling from The Grapes of Wrath:
Sometimes, bad weather just sucks.
You can be hanging out one minute, relaxing with friends, and 10 minutes later you’re cramped in a tiny closet while a tornado rips the roof off your house.
That’s the quick, almost instantaneous stuff. And then there’s droughts—months and years of little to no rain—that ravage the landscape and make life hell on earth for farmers.
That’s how The Grapes Of Wrath begins—right in the middle of one of the worst droughts in U.S. History, the Dust Bowl drought in the 1930s.
The drought trashed the crops and brought massive dust storms that ripped up soil and made it almost impossible to farm for years to come. That’s when “The Okies”—as they were derogatorily called—decided to pack up and move out.