Many, many years ago, while I was in the military and in the few years thereafter, I read everything of Steinbeck's I could find. Those readings came in any random order. Recently, I decided to read through Steinbeck again, this time starting at the beginning. The exception was that I chose to skip Cup of Gold as I remember it being so out of sorts with the rest of the author. Well, I should have skipped To a God Unknown, too. I did not recall its being such a "surreal" endeavor, as one other writer recently mentioned. This book is way too full of odd symbolism and just plain spacey fuel.
My return trip through Steinbeck is not a scholarly endeavor to analyze style or to map Steinbeck's development as a writer. Rather, my purpose is simply to revisit an excellent author who brought me such entertainment and pleasure so many years ago.
Allowing that To a God Unknown came very early in Steinbeck's writing career, it's still just a hard read for me. I've set it down multiple times, interspersing several other reads, and have faithfully returned in hopes of kindling some kind of excitement. Right now, Tortilla Flat is the "carrot" ahead of this donkey cart, and before I can finish slogging through To a God Unknown, I may just set it aside forever!
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (2 January 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141185503
- ISBN-13: 978-0141185507
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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