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Steinbeck Always Challenges

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by sharpephnj on November 7, 2007

"The Winter of Our Discontent" by John Steinbeck is not an easy read. We tend to like our heroes to be always right , according to our moral standards. The setting is a small coastal town after World War II, a moral war. (I was born in 1933 so I remember WWII. I have also vacationed many times in coastal Maine. )
As the reader I was disappointed in the hero when he went with the "everyone is doing it" mode. Even more disappointed when on reconsideration he considered suicide in the water. But most of all disappointed when the hero kept the "talisman". And yet maybe we all need a "talisman" to keep us focused.
Steinbeck is definitely a challenging writer!
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