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2014 The Big Read~ The Grapes of Wrath


I’ve often said if I could teach a course on one book, this would be it.  It’s a beautifully written epic, controversial in its day, richly layered with themes such as the power of family and community, social justice, our relationship to land, the American Dream, and more.grapes-21

Personally I like this book because it is pure American Transcendentalism.   There are moments when the Preacher, Jim Casy, directly paraphrases Emerson and Whitman.  I also love the depth and wisdom in Ma.  Their humble and honest desire for goodness and integrity.  And so much more.

I will be facilitating an introduction to the film on Wednesday 7 May and a full discussion of the book Wednesday 24 May.  Both evenings at the McCall Library, 7pm. 

Here are some resources to help you read the book~

The Interchapters

The book has an unusual structure~ the central story is told primarily in the…

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