John Steinbeck Tortilla Flat (Penguin Modern Classics)


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Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success, TORTILLA FLAT is also his funniest novel. Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship abovemoney and possessions, so that when he suddently inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new reponsibilities, suddenly disappears... (Quelle:'E-Buch Text/07.09.2000')
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    19. April 2015 um 15:08

    "Tortilla Flat", published in 1935, is the second story of John Steinbeck I've read. Set in California, the group around Danny, the house owner, is not good for anything but to drink and eat. No money is saved, all the wine is consumed as fast as possible and nobody seems to care. Not even Danny, whose house is overcrowded, who trusts his friends and their friends. I don't know what I would have done in Danny's situation. His friends are his fiends, but he only has them and nobody else. Would you rather be alone with a couple of bills in your hand or with a group of more or less befriended people with something to drink and nothing to put by. However, he has enough money to buy a vacuum-cleaner with no electricity to run it with. The sheer posession of such an item means the world to some people. Steinbeck definitely knows what he is doing. Clever, structured and sociocritical, he created this piece of literature than we still enjoy reading after 80 years. So many things have happened in this 80 years, but exploiting still exists, as does wine/alcohol causing too many problems to ever solve. Friends betray, friends stay, friends being nothing but a burden, and nothing but good company. I give 3 of 5 starts for "Tortilla Flat". It took me some time to get through the story, even if I did enjoy it in some ways I can't explain. It has this charme you seldom find these days.

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